Kyle Hendricks had one of his patented solid outings (seven innings, two runs, eight strikeouts) and Jason Heyward went 2-for-3 with a homer and double to lead the simCubs to a win in the first game of their series at Yankee Stadium, 8-2. Javier Baez and Willson Contreras also had two hits each.
If this had been a real game, it would have been the first Cubs win in Yankee Stadium, old or new — ever.
And speaking of old Yankee Stadium, just for fun we’re going to play today’s game in it.
Here at BCB, we are going to play simulated games for every game on the Cubs‘ 2020 original schedule via MLB The Show 20. Now that we have had an announcement of an actual 2020 season, we are going to continue these daily simulations through at least July 12 and possibly through whenever an actual season begins. No matter what happens to the actual 2020 MLB season, we will play out the entire simulated season offline and let you know the results.
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 83 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Yankees at New York, the second of a three-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 58-24 record. The Yankees are 55-27.
Ryan Yarbrough will start for the Cubs. Chris Archer will start for the Yankees (they acquired him by trade from the Pirates in May.
Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Baez SS, Schwarber DH, Contreras C, Happ CF, Heyward RF, Hoerner LF, Kipnis 2B
LeMahieu 2B, Wade SS, Torres DH, Judge RF, Stanton LF, Voit 1B, Urshela 3B, Sanchez C, Hicks CF
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.