One Way to Get Your Indians and MLB Fix - Simulated Board and Online Baseball Games
These are different times we live in, particularly without the sport which symbolizes the beginning of spring and summer, baseball.
With no real games going on, we are curious each and every day to see what is going on in a couple of sites running simulated seasons. We understand it is not real, so readers should have no concern about our sanity.
The two simulated games we are following are at Baseball Reference.com, which uses Out of the Park Baseball 21, and the game we grew up with, Strat-O-Matic, which shows results online daily.
Both simulations have the Cleveland Indians off to good starts, perhaps because the early schedule would've had a lot of games with the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox, although the latter is supposed to be much improved this season.
Baseball Reference. This site has the Indians getting off to a 5-3 start through April 3rd, a half game behind the White Sox, who did sweep the Tribe in a three game set at Progressive Field earlier in the week.
The Indians have taken all five games from the Tigers thus far.
Franmil Reyes is off to a great start, going 9 for 25 with four home runs and six runs batted in. Newcomer Cesar Hernandez is also doing well, leading the team in RBIs with seven.
This game surprisingly has Greg Allen getting the bulk of the time in the outfield, going 7 for 23. Carlos Santana is 11 for 27, and Francisco Lindor is 11 for 34 with 3 HR.
On the negative side, Jose Ramirez is off to a slow start (4 for 31), as are Oscar Mercado (3 for 24) and Roberto Perez (3 for 25 with 13 strikeouts).
Pitching wise, Zach Plesac is 2-0 with 4.50 ERA, while Shane Bieber has a 3.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 innings.
The simulation does not include Mike Clevinger or Carlos Carrasco, instead rookie Scott Moss made the big club to open the season.
Also, Sandy Leon is not on the big league roster, and weirdly, John Axford is, apparently acquired in a trade with Toronto.
Strat O Matic Their simulation has the Indians off to a 7-1 start, a game ahead of the Royals, who started off 5-1. FYI, the Twins have started at 3-5 to date.
They have Jefry Rodriguez in the rotation, and the righty has been very good, going 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two starts.
Reyes has started hot in this simulation too, belting six dingers and knocking in 13 in the first eight games of the season.
Domingo Santana is batting .400 and Carlos Santana is at .361 with 7 doubles on the season.
They have Jose Ramirez at .303 through eight games, while Lindor is off to a slow start, batting just .211.
Brad Hand blew two saves in the Chicago series, but the Indians rallied to win both contests, one on a Reyes walk off shot in the bottom of the ninth.
They have used a platoon of Jake Bauers and Jordan Luplow in RF, with Delino DeShields getting a couple of starts in center.
This game also does not have Clevinger or Carrasco available, and Cam Hill made the Opening Day roster. In fact, they already had Terry Francona using a bullpen day in game #5, using Hunter Wood as the starter.
Without actual games, this is making the best of the situation. And happily, the Indians are off to a good start in both simulations.
Let's hope we see some baseball on the field for real soon.
Stay safe and stay healthy.