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Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres simulated game, Sunday 5/17, 3 p.m. CT

The simCubs go for the series win.

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The less said about Saturday’s game the better. The simCubs were crushed 9-1. The only simCubs run scored on a home run by Nico Hoerner, his first. The homer is somewhere in this simPadres-centric highlights package:

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 47 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Padres at Petco Park, the last of a four-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 33-14 record. The Padres are 22-24. This is the final game between the two clubs this year and each team has won three of the first six.

Ryan Yarbrough will start for the Cubs, making his Cubs debut after Duane and I traded for him last week. Dinelson Lamet will start for the Padres.

Today’s lineups:


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


Myers RF, Grisham CF, Pham LF, Tatis Jr, 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.