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OOTPhight Historical Sim: The third month

Contenders start to jockey for position a bit more intensely as the haves and have-nots finally begin to separate

Sports Contributor Archive 2020 Photo by SPX/Ron Vesely Photography via Getty Images

Catch up on May’s results here.

June

We’re finally starting to see a bit of separation, but only in one of three divisions. The Central and West remain close, with the West looking particularly strong and the Central looking...like anyone’s race to win.

Moonball is here to stay, too: The league average OPS remains above .800, and the average ERA is 5.08. It may just be a war of attrition and 10-9 games for all contests not started by Halladay or Schilling.

Hitter of the Month: 1998 Scott Rolen (Dan)

.353/.430/.639, 10 HR, 25 RBI

After a couple of just-okay months, ‘94 Rolen turned on the jets. The 10 homers more than doubled his season total, and his 25 RBI nearly did the same. He also stole 3 bases in 4 tries (I know, I barely remembered he could do that, too).

Pitcher of the Month: 1994 Danny Jackson (Eric)

6 GS, 42.2 IP, 50 K, 6 BB, 1.90 ERA

That’s a 268 ERA+ in this bat-crazy universe. Jackson, whose real-life career high in strikeouts was 161, is on pace for 272 in this world.

League Leaders

Best Single-Game Performance (Hitter)

2019 Bryce Harper (John) on June 29

Bryce went 4-for-5 with 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R in a 7-3 win over Dan.

Best Single-Game Performance (Pitcher)

1997 Curt Schilling (Jay) on June 24 (2nd consecutive win)

9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 17 K in an 8-0 win over Matt.

You can view a full spreadsheet of player stats through June here.