The simCubs brought out the big bats Friday against the simBraves. Jason Kipnis (!) hit three home runs and drove in five, and Ian Happ added a long ball and the Cubs overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win 11-5.
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 23, when the 60-game season is scheduled to begin. 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 95 of the 2020 season, Cubs vs. Braves at Turner Field. We’re using the Braves’ former home just because we can. It’s the second of a three-game series. The Cubs enter today with a 65-29 record. The Braves are 59-36.
Alec Mills will start for the Cubs. Mike Soroka will start for the Braves. Millsy is replacing Tyler Chatwood in the rotation. We sent Chatwood to Iowa — you probably can’t do that in real baseball, but we can do it so we did!
Rizzo 1B, Bryant 3B, Baez SS, Schwarber LF, Contreras C, Happ CF, Heyward RF, Kipnis 2B, Mills P
Albies 2B, Markakis RF, Freeman 1B, Acuna CF, Ozuna LF, Culberson SS, Flowers C, Riley 3B, Soroka 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.