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Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds simulated game, Sunday 6/7, 3 p.m. CT

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The simCubs go for the series sweep and nine wins in a row!

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A week ago Friday, the simCubs began a tough stretch in which they’d play eight games in 10 days against the simReds (with two agains the simOrioles in between). They lost the first of those, but now have reeled off eight straight wins, taking six of seven from Cincinnati and both from Baltimore.

Saturday, the simCubs went out to an early 6-1 lead and held on to win 6-4. Anthony Rizzo homered twice and now has 20 on the sim-season in 66 games, a pace for 49 for a full season.

Here are highlights!

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 67 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Reds at Great American Ballpark, the last of a four-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 47-19 record. The Reds are 35-30.

Kyle Hendricks will start for the Cubs. Luis Castillo will start for the Reds.

Today’s lineups:

Cubs

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

Reds

Castellanos RF, Winker LF, Votto 1B, Suarez 3B, Moustakas 2B, Barnhart C, Galvis SS, Senzel CF, Castillo 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.