The Red Sox are 1-0 to start the 2020 season.
Wait, wasn’t Opening Day postponed?
Yes, the slate of games originally scheduled for Thursday has been pushed back indefinitely, as has the rest of the major league season, because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the interim, Strat-O-Matic has baseball fans eager for action covered with its daily simulations of the league’s schedule.
“We are excited to be able to give fans of every age a fun and detailed daily distraction during these challenging times,” said founder Hal Richman.
According to Strat-O-Matic, the Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2, Thursday afternoon behind a ninth-inning go-ahead home run from Rafael Devers. Batting second, Devers scored two of Boston’s three runs and recorded a team-high three hits. Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, new right fielder Kevin Pillar, and new second baseman José Peraza each had two hits.
Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez lasted six innings, striking out nine and walking five. Rodriguez gave up three hits — two of which were solo shots, his lone earned runs of the game. Josh Taylor, Colten Brewer, Matt Barnes, and Brandon Workman pitched in relief, with Barnes nabbing the win and Workman earning a save.
For every game, Strat-O-Matic simulations will produce a box score and play-by-play report.
Using its extensive research and data, Strat-O-Matic is able to create profiles that closely represent active players. Since it started forecasting results in 2015, the company, founded almost 60 years ago, boasts an impressive track record and has accurately predicted not only World Series winners but also individual player statistics.
“We know ‘Baseball Daily’ works with all the simulations we’ve been able to run,” said research director John Garcia.
Take Game 5 of the 2015 World Series as an example. Garcia said that with the exception of one strikeout, Strat-O-Matic correctly simulated Mets pitcher Matt Harvey’s line through seven innings. Strat-O-Matic pulled Harvey after the seventh, while Mets manager Terry Collins opted to leave him in into the ninth.
“There’s a reason Strat-O-Matic has been around for almost 60 years,” Garcia said. “It’s because it’s the most accurate baseball simulation there is.”
“We’ve been thrilled with our results,” added Strat-O-Matic’s president, Adam Richman.
Strat-O-Matic will use projected lineups and starting pitchers for its simulations, and will soon also incorporate fan and media input into those decisions.
Results and statistics will be announced daily at 2 p.m. via Strat-O-Matic’s website.