The San Francisco Giants‘ home opener vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers may be indefinitely postponed, but you can still listen to announcers Jon Miller and Dave Flemming call a simulation of the game like it’s real.
But first, a quick bit of background.
With MLB indefinitely sidelined, we’ve all had to turn to simulations to get through what would be the start of the second week of the season. Strat-O-Matic, a baseball board game dating back to 1961, is really the original of the bunch.
In the original version, each player is represented by a card with possible results on the back. Dice are rolled to decide which outcome occurs. Players take on the role of manager trying to strategically think their way through a game.
Today, you can let a computer do all the simulating and decision making if you want, and that’s what Strat-O-Matic decided to do for the 2020 season, working through the would-be schedule day by day and sharing the results.
The Giants entered the game with a … realistic 1-5 record, but sent Jeff Samardzija to the mound to give the fans at Oracle Park something to cheer about. Let’s let Miller and Fleming tell you the rest.
Jon Miller and Dave Fleming call the Giants-Dodgers Strat-O-Matic simulation
Behind Samardzija’s strong start and Mike Yastrzemski’s two-run home run in the first inning, the Giants shut out the Dodgers, 3-0, to win their second game of the young season. Wilmer Flores drove Buster Posey home for the third run after Posey doubled.
In case you wonder, the Padres currently lead the NL West with a 6-2 record. The Dodgers are in second place in the division with a 4-3 record.
At 2-5, the Giants bring up the rear.
The Cleveland Indians have the best record in baseball after a 7-1 start.
You can follow along with the rest of the season here.