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Cubs vs. Reds simulated game recap

Some thoughts about our first foray into simulating the 2020 season.

Thursday, thanks to BCB’s Duane Pesice and MLB The Show 19, we simulated the scheduled spring training game between the Cubs and Reds.

It didn’t work out too well for our favorite team:

Tucker Barnhart hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Jeffress in the ninth inning for the Reds win.

The result, obviously, is even less important than the result of a real spring training game.

What I’m interested in knowing from those of you who watched it, and others who are interested in our simulating the 2020 baseball season, is how it went for you.

Personally, I thought the action was pretty realistic, even if the scoring action wasn’t (nothing doing till the ninth inning). It went quickly, finished in fewer than two hours. The game does a very good job with announcers Matt Vasgersian, Mark DeRosa and Dan Plesac.

I’d also like to know if the time we ran this simulation works for everyone. This one began at 6 p.m. CT. We could also run them at 3 p.m. CT if that would be better, or we could change it up depending on whether it’s a weekday or a weekend. Those would be the best times for Duane to run these, so I’m going to limit the choice to those two times.

We are planning on running another spring training game simulation on Monday. Depending on the answers we get here, the time will be announced later.

Thanks for those who participated in the game thread. We all miss baseball and this is a way to get some of it while we wait for the coronavirus outbreak to get better and for the sport to return.


On weekdays, the best time for the simulations would be

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  • 35%
    3 p.m. CT
    (30 votes)
  • 64%
    6 p.m. CT
    (54 votes)
84 votes total Vote Now


On weekends, the best time for the simulations would be

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  • 70%
    3 p.m. CT
    (52 votes)
  • 29%
    6 p.m. CT
    (22 votes)
74 votes total Vote Now