This post should be the Game Thread for the first game of the 2020 season with the Dodgers coming off the most disappointing 106-win season you’ll ever see. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the course of everyday life. Sports is toward the very bottom of priorities right now.
As a baseball blog, we are, obviously, obligated to write about baseball. I’m sure you’re all tired of reading my “Dodgers should go after Player X” posts, and the Top 100 Prospects countdown has wrapped up (with a couple supplemental pieces to come). So, what are we going to do now?
Well, we don’t know just how long the opening of the season could be delayed. It could be until the middle of May, it could be the All-Star break or it could be never. There’s a non-zero chance the 2020 season never happens and Mookie Betts doesn’t suit up in an official game before he reaches free agency (more on that in another post). Instead of lamenting that fact, let’s try something different.
We are going to simulate the entire 2020 season using Out of the Park Baseball 21, and we’re going to do it in real-time. Every day there’s a game scheduled, we’ll simulate it and post the computer-generated recap that is punched up a bit because the recaps are even more stilted than my normal recaps. We’ll also keep track of any big injuries, roster moves and potential minor-leaguers. This will be done with a clear headline that indicates this is part of the simulation. It will also be done with no interference from us. Once we begin, all decisions you’d usually get to make while playing — lineup decisions, promotions/demotions, trades, et al — will be left up to the computer. This could mean some crazy trades, interesting playing time decisions and roles.
As such, here is the Dodgers’ 26-man Opening Day roster, via OOTP Baseball 21.
Injured List (1)
Looks pretty close to my first (and only) projection, with White being the lone exception, as he’s not on the 40-man roster anymore.
If the real MLB season does begin, then we’ll fast-track the simulation. If not, well, strap in for a full slate of simulation goodness. Let’s just hope the game isn’t too realistic and the Dodgers lose to the World Series in the most heartbreaking fashion.
Look for the first recap in a few hours.