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Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres simulated game, Tuesday 4/21, 3 p.m. CT

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The simCubs return home to the simulated Friendly Confines to open a three-game set with the N.L. West leaders.

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The simCubs took three out of four from the simNationals in Washington over the weekend, a most impressive performance. The Nats had come into the series leading the league in runs, but the Cubs gave them only eight runs in the four games.

Willson Contreras homered in Sunday’s affair, and a bases-loaded triple by Kyle Schwarber broke the game open in the eighth.

Here are highlights from Sunday’s game:

Here’s the simCubs schedule and results for the month of 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 23 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Padres at Wrigley Field, the first of a three-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 16-6 record. The Padres are 13-8, off to a good start, in first place in the N.L. West.

Jose Quintana will start for the Cubs. Dinelson Lamet will start for the Padres.

Today’s lineups:

Cubs

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

Padres

Myers RF, Grisham CF, Pham LF, Tatis SS, Machado 3B, Dozier 2B, Naylor 1B, Mejia C, Lamet 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.