Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Reds 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0
Cubs 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 X 3 10 1

Wilson Contreras’ two-run home run in the seventh inning off reliever Joel Kuhnel lifted the Chicago Cubs (51-47) to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds (49-49) at Wrigley Field.

That was the result today as Strat-O-Matic games of Glen Head, N.Y., continued its announced plan to simulate the entire 2020 Major League Baseball season on a day-by-day basis for as long as actual game play is on hold.


Help set the lineup, batting order for the simulated Reds:

Have you ever dreamed of your opportunity to “manage” the Reds? Now is your chance. Learn more below!


With one out in the bottom of the seventh and the score tied at 1-1, Kris Bryant singled and then Contreras launched what proved to be the game-winning bomb over the ivy-covered wall at the Friendly Confines.

Kyle Schwarber plated a run in the second against Wade Miley, who extended his scoreless innings streak to 12 before the Middletown native’s ground-ball force-play that opened the scoring. Steady Freddy Galvis tied it up quickly in the top of the third on his 11th homer, a solo shot that was the first of his three hits. Eugenio Suarez also had three hits and added a walk for a four-times-on-base performance. But all of that was not enough on this day.

Here is the sim Reds box score, as provided by Strat-O-Matic:

B-Pinch Hit For Bowman In 7th Inning

A-Pinch Hit For Jeffress In 6th Inning
C-Pinch Ran For Schwarber In 8th Inning
D-Pinch Hit For Wick In 8th Inning

Standings following the July 18 games:

NL Central WON LOST PCT GB
Brewers 53 44 .546 0.0
Cardinals 53 46 .535 1.0
Cubs 51 47 .520 2.5
Reds 49 49 .500 4.5
Pirates 37 61 .378 16.5

Chicago’s win allowed them to gain on both Milwaukee and St. Louis, who both lost today.  Cincinnati remains four and a half behind division-leading Milwaukee.

The 2020 schedule has the Reds and Cubs playing the final game of the three-game series at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Whoever the Redleg Nation commenter/manager turns out to be will choose the starting pitcher from anyone except Miley and Trevor Bauer. Lefthander Jon Lester will pitch for Chicago.

Help set the lineup, batting order for the simulated Reds:

Have you ever dreamed of your opportunity to “manage” the Reds? Now is your chance.

Strat-O-Matic has agreed to allow Redleg Nation to submit the Cincinnati Reds’ lineups for each day’s simulated game. We want all of our readers who want to participate to get involved.

Here is how it will work:

  • In each wrap up of that day’s simulated game, Redleg Nation will post the opposing starting pitcher for the next game. You will know who the pitcher is and whether he is left-handed or right-handed, and you can use that information in creating a lineup for the next game, and submitting it in the comments below. “Splits” such as performance vs. left-handers or right-handers are replicated in the Strat-O-Matic game algorithm, and therefore should be considered.
  • We will accept lineups from every reader who wants to submit one. The lineup that will be submitted to Strat-O-Matic each day will be the one that receives the most positive replies (in effect, “yes” votes) from readers other than the submitter. In case of ties:
    • First tiebreaker: Lineup submitted by the reader who has had the fewest number of opportunities as a “manager.”
    • Second tiebreaker: Lineup submitted earliest in the comment thread. (So get your lineup in “early” each day.)
  • What is “early?” Redleg Nation posts these articles daily between 5 and 6 p.m. Eastern time. Strat-O-Matic’s deadline for us to submit a lineup for the next day’s game is midnight. On most days, we’ll do this before “bedtime,” which is typically between 10:30 and 11 Eastern time.

All players’ batting stats

All players’ pitching stats

Batting and pitching player stats by team

Have fun with this! If you have any questions, please post them in the comment string below. Here are the “managerial records” of our Redleg Nation participants to date:

Commenter/
“Manager”
WON LOST PCT
Peter Onte 2 1 .667
Jon Davis 9 5 .643
BK 9 6 .600
James Owens 4 3 .571
Melvin 6 5 .545
Gonzo Reds 6 6 .500
Redsfan4life 5 5 .500
RedsEuphoria 1 1 .500
Tomn 1 1 .500
Doug Gray 1 1 .500
Don 3 6 .333
AirborneJayJay 0 1 .000
Jeff 0 1 .000
VaRedsFan 0 1 .000
Mark Moore 0 2 .000
Tom Mitsoff 0 2 .000

About Strat-O-Matic

Strat-O-Matic has been in the sports simulation business since the 1960s. A USA Today article contained this explanation:

Strat-O-Matic and other baseball simulations use statistics from the previous season to create “cards” for each player on a roster. The team managers select the batting order and the starting pitcher. From there, a series of dice rolls and calculations determines the outcome of each at-bat.

Strat-O, as it’s known to longtime players, first gained its immense popularity as a board game. The company has since expanded to a downloadable Windows version and one that’s played online. A few years ago, it introduced Baseball Daily – a new iteration that combined the player cards from the previous season with statistics from the real season being played at the same time.

Unlike many video games, the Strat-O-Matic results are based on algorithms that account for players’ performance based on statistics that their statistical experts project for each player in the 2020 season. It’s not a game played with a joystick that relies more on the skill of the person with the video game controller in his or her hand.

The simulation software will keep comprehensive statistics for all teams for the season, so we’ll be able to track year-to-date leaders in many statistical categories. Our current plan is to provide statistical leader summaries here at Redleg Nation each Sunday. You can follow the season at Strat-O-Matic.com, where they plan to post the results from each day’s schedule at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

30 Responses

  1. Don

    Very tough loss.

    I cannot believe that pinch hitter was not used in the 5th inning for Miley with the bases loaded and 2 out in a 1-1 game. 100% of the time, David Bell uses a pinch hitter in that position.

    Does not make sense.

    Akiyama CF
    Votto 1B
    Suarez 3B
    Castellanos RF
    Ervin LF
    Stephenson C
    Senzel 2B
    Castillo P
    Galvis SS

    • Melvin

      Yeah. It’s not the first time Strato has us scratching our heads.

  2. Gonzo Reds

    Well I’m .500 just like our sim Reds. Hope the real Reds next week can get over the .500 mark and stay there, like the 1990 Reds actually!

    For Sunday I suggest Disco over Castillo as his BB-K rate is better.

    • Don

      A agree Disco has a lower BB rate and walks have hurt the Sim Reds pitching all season.
      My reasons for picking Castillo:
      1) Castillo as he has been better vs Cubs than Disco
      2) the Sim Reds cannot seem to score runs coming out of the break
      3) Castillo has pitched a couple of gems and the Sim Reds need a pitching Gem on Sunday for reason #2.

  3. Jon Davis

    Current Roster
    (* = player has NO options)
    (+ = LHP or LHB)
    (^ = Switch Hitter)

    Our current 26 man roster is:
    C – Stephenson, *Casali
    IF – *+Votto, *+Moustakas, *Suarez, *^Galvis
    OF – +Akiyama, Lorenzen, *Ervin, *Castellanos, +Payton, +Winker, Senzel
    SP – *Bauer, *Desclafani, *Gray, *+Miley, Castillo
    RP – *+Reed, Iglesias, *+Garrett, *Sims, *Stephenson, Lorenzen, Kuhnel, Bowman, Hendrix
    DL – *+Barnhart(Can Return 7/25), *Strop(Can Return 7/31)

    Guys on the 40 man roster not on active roster
    C – Farmer
    IF – Garcia, +Vanmeter, Blandino, Rodriguez(Can Return 7/28)
    OF – Aquino, +Jankowski, *+Schebler
    SP – Mahle, Santillan, DeLeon, Antone
    RP – Shafer, +Smith

    Finally here is a list of relevant non 40 man players
    C – Chris Okey
    IF – India, Davidson, Colon
    OF – +Friedl, +Powell, Barnes, Fairchild, +Hannah, +Siani
    SP – +Lodolo, Greene, Gutierrez, +Naughton, +Raley, Solomon, Lillie, +Sanmartin
    RP – Thornburg, +Biddle, Romano, +Finnegan, Carpenter, Alaniz, Powers

  4. Melvin

    Someone help me out so I’ll know for sure I’m not losing my mind. Tomorrow is Sunday correct? It is the last of a three game series correct? 🙂

    Anyway Don has a good lineup and I’m sure others would too. However, as far as I’m concerned, if he wants to, Tom can finish out our last two for us. Hope he does. 🙂

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Your questions were valid. 🙂 I did not correctly edit my article (as I use the previous day’s article as a template), but I have made the needed changes.

      • Melvin

        That’s okay. I know you were just testing me for my benefit to see if I’m on the ball. Thanks. 🙂

  5. Jon Davis

    Ok it has been a minute but finally a day where I can do some research and feel good about putting in a lineup, so here is my suggested lineup for tomorrow. I feel like we have to go with Disco on the mound. Any thoughts questions comments or concerns just let me know.

    1. Akiyama – CF
    2. Votto – 1B
    3. Ervin – LF
    4. Suarez – 3B
    5. Castellanos – RF
    6. Galvis – SS
    7. Stephenson – C
    8. Desclafani – P
    9. Senzel – 2B

  6. Melvin

    No disrespect towards anyone on here as almost all of you do it. I have to say though I just don’t get the pitcher batting 8th. The only time I liked someone other than the pitcher batting 9th was when Billy Hamilton did it. In that case he could have batted 13th or 14th if possible and it wouldn’t have bothered me a bit. 🙂

    • Don

      I agree with your basic Theory Melvin but Galvis just seems to get more hits in the $9 spot than anywhere else he hits in the lineup. No clue why, could be the pitching cards for NL pitchers when facing the #9 hitter have a bias/assumption that it will be the pitcher so the pitching card is lower than normal.

      No idea why, I would not hit anyone other than Galvis in the #9 spot as he just seems to thrive there.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. I know what you mean. I personally like him in the #7 hole best. Would bat him higher if he had a higher OBP.

  7. Melvin

    I’m going to open up the voting right here for us concerning Tom managing the last game or the last two games. I’m sure he won’t be offended if you guys want to do the next one tomorrow but as Gonzo said I think it would be really good for us to have Tom at least do the last one.

    • Melvin

      I vote for Tom managing the last two games.

    • Gonzo Reds

      All in… Tom give us a lineup. You deserve it for putting up with all of us. 😉

    • Don

      I am all for Tom putting in lineups for the last two games.

      It has been fun to do that and Tom has done a great job keeping us updated and informed working with us and Strat-o-Matic.

  8. Tom Mitsoff

    You guys realize you’re asking a guy with a .000 winning percentage to advance this effort — maybe you’d like to reconsider. 😉

    RF — Akiyama
    3B — Suarez
    LF — Ervin
    2B — Moustakas
    1B — Votto
    C — Casali
    SS — Galvis
    CF — Lorenzen
    P — DeSclafani

    Rationale: Team-leader in OBP in leadoff; remaining position players ranked from best OPS to worst, and batting order reflects that order — lefthanded batters who are clearly platoon players omitted — Votto (.793) chosen over Castellanos (.739) at 1B because of Votto’s much-higher overall OPS

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Revision — I realize that Castellanos has a better OPS than Lorenzen:

      CF — Akiyama
      3B — Suarez
      LF — Ervin
      2B — Moustakas
      1B — Votto
      C — Casali
      SS — Galvis
      RF — Castellanos
      P — DeSclafani

      • Don

        Good Lineup.

        Win the last 2 to get to 500 as a manager.

      • Melvin

        Good lineup. One LITTLE thing we forgot to mention….. You have to WIN both games. Don’t want you to feel any pressure though. 🙂 haha

      • Gonzo Reds

        It’s different so I like it. Hope you don’t mind but we are putting Melvin in as 3rd base coach and I’ll serve as pitching coach due to being a Gator grad like Disco. Plan on sending Hendrix in at some point, we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

        You get two shots at getting your first win so there really is NO pressure.

  9. Melvin

    3B coach? Now I feel pressure. 🙂

    • Gonzo Reds

      Not nearly as much as our second base coach!

      • Tom Mitsoff

        That is where you will be when we are batting. Pitching coach while we are on defense.

      • Melvin

        Okay. We’ll get together tomorrow to get our signs right. You relay them to me and I’ll give them to the batters and base runners. You and I working together, along with Gonzo blocking the view of the second baseman, we can’t lose. 🙂