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Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals simulated game, Saturday 4/18, 3 p.m. CT

The simCubs go for two in a row over the simNats.

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Willson Contreras hit his first homer of the sim-season and the simCubs defeated the simNats 4-2 Friday to even up the four-game series at one win each. Here are some highlights:

Here are the Cubs’ results and schedule for April:

Here at BCB, we are going to play simulated games for every game on the Cubs‘ 2020 schedule via MLB The Show 20. This will continue until the actual schedule begins, or we get some clarity on what’s actually going to happen with baseball this year.

Here is the complete BCB Mediacenter where all our BCB simulated games will be located. You can watch previous games which are all archived there, but please note: We won’t have the actual link to the live broadcast of today’s specific game until it starts. At that time, Duane will drop the direct link into the comments to this post around 3 p.m CT. Until then you can use the link in this paragraph as a guide to where to find the game. All of our simulated games will begin at 3 p.m. CT.

Here are today’s particulars.

This is Game 21 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Nationals at Nationals Park, the third of a four-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 14-6 record. The Nats are 14-5.

Yu Darvish will start for the Cubs. Joe Ross will start for the Nationals.

Today’s lineups:


Bryant 3B, Rizzo 1B, Baez SS, Schwarber LF, Happ CF, Heyward RF, Caratini C, Kipnis 2B, Darvish P


Turner SS, Eaton CF, Soto LF, Thames RF, Kendrick 2B, Suzuki C, Cabrera 3B, Zimmerman 1B, Ross P

There won’t be any traditional-style “recaps” of these games. Duane will post some clips and boxscores in his Cub Tracks and Baseball history unpacked posts the morning after each game, so we can track this simulated season as it unfolds. We’ll post the standings as each day goes by.

A note on the headline here, because I know you’re going to ask: This is a real thread. The game is what is simulated.

Looking to join in on the fun? If so, you can get your own copy of MLB The Show. Here’s where you can order the game.

Enjoy, and discuss amongst yourselves.