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Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox simulated game, Friday 6/19, 3 p.m. CT

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The visitors today are from the A.L. East.

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The simCubs completed a three-game sweep of the simMets with an 8-1 win Thursday. Willson Contreras led a 14-hit attack by going 3-for-4. Ian Happ and Jason Heyward had two hits each. Highlights:

As is our custom before each series begins, we present league standings and leaders. Here are the standings:

League leaders:

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 76 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Red Sox at Wrigley Field, the first of a three-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 54-21 record. The Red Sox are 35-40.

Yu Darvish will start for the Cubs. Eduardo Rodriguez will start for the Red Sox.

Today’s lineups:

Cubs

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

Red Sox

Benintendi CF, Devers 3B, Martinez LF, Bogaerts SS, Moreland 1B, Chavis 2B, Vazquez C, Verdugo RF, Rodriguez 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.