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Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates simulated game, Thursday 4/9, 3 p.m. CT

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The Cubs go for their seventh win in a row and a series sweep!

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The simCubs defeated the simPirates 1-0 Wednesday behind seven strong innings from Kyle Hendricks and Craig Kimbrel’s fourth save of the season. Here are results from yesterday and standings entering today’s action:

Here are some highlights from Wednesday’s win:

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.

Today’s real-life forecast for the Pittsburgh area calls for showers this afternoon. So, we are going to try to add a bit of realism by having some rain during the game. We’ll see how it affects play. Just trying something a bit different.

This is Game 13 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Pirates at PNC Park, the last of a four-game series.

Jose Quintana will start for the Cubs. Chris Archer will start for the Pirates.

Today’s lineups:

Cubs

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

Pirates

Newman SS, Frazier 2B, Reynolds LF, Bell 1B, Moran 3B, Polanco RF, Stallings C, Dyson CF, Archer 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.