2020 MLB Season Simulation: April 3

2020 MLB Season Simulation: April 3

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Author’s note: Sadly, due to an extremely frustrating server glitch, this will be the final piece in the sim season series. Please see the following tweet for more info.

While the baseball world mourns the postponement of the 2020 season, we are continuing our MLB season simulation.

Every day until the actual 2020 season begins, we will simulate one day of baseball on The Show and report back to you—the readers—about what went down during the simulation.

All reports and archives from this simulation can be found here.

Without further ado, April 3.

Rangers 6, Rays 2

Austin Meadows’s two-hit, two-RBI day wasn’t enough as the Rays struggled offensively. The bulk of the Texas lineup had its woes, too, outside of Elvis Andrus’s three-for-five day in which he slugged two home runs and tallied five RBI. Mike Minor (one run) and Blake Snell (two runs) both exited after six innings.

Indians 6, Tigers 2

Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana each added a home run and two RBI in the Tribe’s win. Carlos Carrasco allowed just two runs over seven innings. On the other side, Daniel Norris was chased out of the game after 4.1 innings after allowing four runs.

Astros 6, Angels 4

A four-run eighth was huge for the Astros in their win. Carlos Correa added three RBI on two hits, including one homer, while Yordan Alvarez added two RBI on three hits, including two homers. Jose Altuve also went yard. Houston’s bullpen went four innings, allowing no runs on one hit and zero walks.

Braves 3, Marlins 2

The Braves won in walkoff fashion on Friday thanks to a Marcell Ozuna home run. Ronald Acuña, Jr. also went yard in the victory. Both pitching staffs played fabulous baseball but Atlanta’s proved to be slightly stronger than Miami’s in this istance.

Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 5 (F/12)

Another Cubs walkoff! Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run jack in the bottom of the 12th to send Cubs fans home happy. Yu Darvish impressed but was tabbed with a no decision after the bullpen struggled in the sixth and seventh innings. They held on to win, however, with the Cubs’ sluggers finding a weakness in the D-backs’ late end of the bullpen.

Padres 3, Rockies 2

The Padres are still the only undefeated team in baseball after a one-run double from Wil Myers and two-run bomb from Eric Hosmer propelled them over the 1-7 Rockies. Joey Lucchesi allowed two runs over six innings and the bullpen behind him preserved the lead.

Dodgers 6, Giants 3

Speaking of red-hot NL West teams, the Dodgers are now 6-1. Kyle Seager hit two home runs for four RBI while Justin Turner homered, too. Brandon Belt had a two-hit, two-RBI day in the Giants’ loss. Walker Buehler allowed three runs over seven innings before his bullpen held on to the lead. On the other side, Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs over 5.1 innings followed by another three-run struggle from Tyler Beede, who pitched just 1.1 innings in relief.

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Player of the Day

The Rangers destroyed the Rays in large part due to Elvis Andrus’s monster day at the plate. He went three-for-five with two home runs and five RBI in Texas’ 6-2 win.

Standings

AL East
Yankees (6-1)
Blue Jays (5-3)
Red Sox (5-3)
Rays (2-5)
Orioles (1-6)

AL Central
Twins (7-1)
White Sox (5-2)
Tigers (3-4)
Indians (3-5)

Royals (2-4)

AL West
Astros (5-3)
Angels (4-4)
Mariners (4-4)
Athletics (3-5)
Rangers (2-6)

NL East
Phillies (6-2)
Nationals (4-3)
Mets (3-4)
Braves (3-5)
Marlins (2-6)

NL Central
Cubs (6-1)
Cardinals (5-2)
Pirates (3-4)
Reds (2-5)
Brewers (1-6)

NL West
Padres (8-0)
Dodgers (6-1)
Giants (3-4)
Diamondbacks (2-6)
Rockies (1-7)

Andersen is a teenage sportswriter and reporter whose articles have appeared across the Prime Time Sports Talk, Sports Illustrated Kids, FantasyPros, and SB Nation platforms. He has also received credit from RotoWorld, CBS Sports, ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, The Athletic, SB Nation, NBC Sports, NY Post, and dozens of other sports sites for his reporting work.

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