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Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles simulated game, Tuesday 6/2, 3 p.m. CT

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The simOrioles aren’t very good.

The simCubs split a pair with the simOrioles in Baltimore in April, but the O’s have not been very good since then.

The simCubs broke a 2-2 tie with the Reds with an RBI double by Ian Happ and took three of four in the wraparound series. At 42-19 our simulated team is just one game behind where the 2016 World Series Cubs were after 61 games. They lead the second-place Reds by 8½ games.

Here are highlights from Monday’s win:

As is our custom before each series, we bring you the league standings:

Here are the N.L. leaders:

And here are the A.L. 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 62 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Orioles at Wrigley Field, the first of a two-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 42-19 record. The O’s are 19-41, 6-23 on the road and have a run differential of -103. Yikes.

Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs. Kohl Stewart will start for the Orioles.

Today’s lineups:

Cubs

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

Orioles

Hays CF, Alberto 2B, Iglesias SS, Aquino RF, Nunez 1B, Santander LF, Wynns C, Ruiz 3B, Stewart 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.