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Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies simulated game, Friday 4/24, 3 p.m. CT

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The simCubs play a N.L. East opponent for the first time.

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Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Ian Happ all homered for the simCubs and they came from behind to defeat the simPadres 6-4 on Thursday. Here are highlights:

Here are the simCubs results and schedule for April:

And here are the National League standings entering Friday’s games:

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 26 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Phillies at Wrigley Field, the first of a three-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 17-8 record and lead the N.L. Central by 3½ games. The Philllies are 10-15 and in fourth place, six games behind the first-place Braves.

Yu Darvish will start for the Cubs. Aaron Nola will start for the Phillies.

Today’s lineups:

Cubs

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

Phillies

Segura 3B, McCutchen LF, Harper RF, Hoskins 1B, Gregorius SS, Realmuto C, Haseley CF, Kingery 2B, Nola 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.