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The Good Phight’s OOTP 2020 season

We’re gonna simulate what happens all year long, folks!

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

It’s not looking good for baseball this season. With MLB saying they will not open the season until travel bans are lifted, gatherings are not restricted to a certain number of people and fans are allowed back into the stadium, the possibility of having a 2020 season suddenly looks much more dire than it did a few weeks ago.

While we already have the the season being played out by our own Dan Bradley via MLB’s The Show video game, we’re going to also do a day-by-day recap of the games that are scheduled by using the Out Of The Park (OOTP) simulation series. This hasn’t been an easy decision to make since we’ve kind of been hoping that a set in stone date would be given by the league, but it looks like we are going to see what will actually happen with regards to the professional resuming their craft.

So, we’re going to start the simulation today. In this space, I’ll simulate the first three games that the team was supposed to play, then I’ll do a daily recap of each game according to the date. I’ll try and include stats the same as Dan does, only on a weekly basis rather than a daily one. I’ll screenshot the standings every day though. That’s important. Without further ado....

Opening Day, opening victory: Phillies 7, Marlins 3

It was typical Phillies/Marlins. The Fish had the lead going into the 8th innings, but a five run explosion prevented the beginning of the season from disappointing the hometown faithful. With Adam Haseley and Jay Bruce providing the thunder, the team was able to overcome 10 strikeouts as a lineup to take the first game.

Another day, another win: Phillies 8, Marlins 4

Today was another Phillies win, only this one a different shade of uncomfortable. Zack Wheeler, in his first game in red pinstripes, gave up four runs in the first innings, but eventually brought down his emotions to pitch two scoreless innings in the next two. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to complete the game any further, ceding to long relief man Nick Pivetta and the rest of the bullpen who spun six masterful innings to let the Phillies complete the comeback.

Phillies aren’t sweeping the Fish: Marlins 4, Phillies 3

While Jake Arrieta wasn’t great, he wasn’t bad.

The team just couldn’t figure out Jose Urena. Suffering their first loss of the season, the bats got the hits, but not when they needed them, leaving 9 men on base, something that is troubling so far into this young season. They’ll look to take the season opening series tomorrow as they finish off their series with the Marlins.

So that is how the first three games went. The team currently sits at 2-1. Every day the team has a scheduled game, we’ll be simulating and doing a postgame recap.

(And the write-ups will be better...)