Toronto Blue Jays series simulation: Blue Jays @ Yankees

With the season on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m doing a game by game simulation based on the Blue Jays schedule, and using the online version of Statis Pro.

For those of you that follow Mike Wilner on Twitter, it’s very similar to what he’s doing, just that we’re using different games to do it. I have also made an account for the simulations on Instagram that can be followed @jays.simgames.

After a series sweep at the hands of the Reds at home, the Jays embark on their first road trip of the season playing the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

How Statis Pro works

Just like a real ball game, you set your lineup where you choose each player’s spot in the batting order and everything else that comes with managing a ball game. Basically you are the manager.

To play, you have cards that you go through that have a bunch of information on them. Each pitcher has a PB number with the lowest number starting at 2, and the highest number going at 9. For example, Hyun-Jin Ryu has a PB of 2-9 so if you flip a card with a PB of 7, you go based off the stats on his card. If you flip a card and get a PB of 11, you go based on the stats of the batter’s card.

After you flip the first card, you have to flip another card to determine the random number. Let’s say you get the first card of a PB 7 with Ryu pitching and the random number is 38. Ryu’s card may have a strikeout from the numbers 22-46, meaning if you get a PB 7 and a random number of 38, Ryu struck out whoever he faced.

Let’s say Ryu is pitching and he’s facing J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox. You flip the first card and get a PB of 10 and you flip the next card and get a random number of 26. Martinez’s card may have a double to centre field as 24-26, meaning if you get a PB of 10 and a random number of 26, Martinez got a double off Ryu.

Game 8

Starting pitchers:

Blue Jays: Matt Shoemaker
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka

Lineups

Blue Jays

Bichette SS
Biggio 2B
Gurriel Jr LF
Guerrero Jr 3B
Tellez DH
Grichuk CF
Shaw 1B
Hernandez RF
McGuire C

Yankees

Gardner LF
Torres SS
Judge RF
Stanton DH
Sanchez C
LeMahieu 2B
Voit 1B
Andujar 3B
Tauchman CF

Game recap 

No runs were put up until the 6th inning when Gurriel Jr went deep for a solo shot with 2 outs. It was then followed by a Vladdy double, Tellez single and Grichuk reached base via an error on behalf of Torres which scored Vladdy. An inning later, McGuire went deep himself to make it 3-0. The Yankees score one themselves in the 7th but that’s the only one they score all night. Of the 9 hits the Yankees got in this game, 7 of them came from LeMahieu and Torres combined.

Final score: Blue Jays 3 Yankees 1

Key stats (Blue Jays) 

Shoemaker: 7.1IP 4K 7H 1BB 0ER W

Gurriel Jr: 1 for 5 with a HR

Vladdy: 1 for 3 with a double and a walk

Tellez: 2 for 4

McGuire: 1 for 3 with a HR and walk

Shaw: 0 for 2 with 2 walks

Key stats (Yankees)

Torres: 3 for 4 with 2 singles and a double

LeMahieu: 4 for 4 with 2 singles and 2 doubles

Game 9

Starting pitchers: 

Blue Jays: Chase Anderson

Yankees: J.A. Happ

Lineups

Blue Jays

Bichette SS
Gurriel Jr LF
Guerrero Jr 3B
Tellez 1B
Grichuk CF
Drury 2B
Hernandez RF
Panik DH
Jansen C

Yankees

Gardner CF
Torres SS
Judge RF
Stanton DH
Sanchez C
LeMahieu 2B
Voit 1B
Andujar 3B
Tauchman LF

Game recap

The Yankees start off early by scoring a run in the first as a Stanton double scores Torres all the way from first. In the 7th, both teams score a run as Bichette doubles to score Panik and LeMahieu starts off the bottom half by hitting a homer. In the top of the 8th, Tellez starts it off for a single which Alford comes off the bench to pinch-run for him. Grichuk then draws a walk which left runners on 1st and 2nd with Drury up to hit.

Drury attempts a sacrifice bunt but pops it up to the catcher which the Yankees get the double play by getting Alford out at 2nd. Hernandez then doubles which left runners in scoring position for Panik but he ended up striking out. In the top of the 9th, the Jays mount a huge comeback as they score 3 runs off Chapman thanks to hits from McGuire, Gurriel Jr and Vladdy and errors committed by Torres (second of the game, third of the series) and Andujar. In the bottom of the 9th, Giles allows hits to Stanton and Sanchez but retires the next three batters.

Final score: Blue Jays 4 Yankees 2

Key stats (Blue Jays) 

Anderson: 7IP 8K 4H 2BB 2ER 1HR

Vladdy: 2 for 3 with a double and 2 walks

Hernandez: 2 for 5 with a double

McGuire: 1 for 2 with a  double

Key stats (Yankees)

Chapman: 0.1IP 1K 3H 2ER

Stanton: 2 for 4 with 2 doubles

LeMahieu: 2 for 4 with a HR

Game 10

Starting pitchers: 

Blue Jays: Trent Thornton

Yankees: Jordan Montgomery

Lineups

Blue Jays

Bichette SS
Gurriel Jr LF
Guerrero Jr 3B
Tellez DH
Hernandez RF
Biggio 1B
Grichuk CF
Panik 2B
Jansen C

Yankees

Gardner CF
Torres SS
Judge RF
Stanton DH
Frazier LF
LeMahieu 2B
Urshela 3B
Ford 1B
Higashioka C

Game recap

The Jays really brought out the bats throughout the whole game and never slowed down. They scored a run in the first, four in the second and two in the third. In the second, Biggio and Jansen both went deep which was Jansen’s first hit of the season. In the third, Hernandez and Biggio went back-to-back which got Montgomery yanked.

Additionally, the Jays scored 2 in the 5th, one in the 6th, 3 in the 7th and 4 in the final frame. As a team, they hit an astonishing 10 HR with three Blue Jays, Bichette, Tellez, and Biggio, having multi-homer games. They also had 22 hits in total. The Yankees had Frazier and LeMahieu go back-to-back to start the bottom of the second and they batted around in the 6th which saw Judge bat twice to score 5 runs.

Final score: Blue Jays 17 Yankees 7

Key stats (Blue Jays)

Bichette: 5 for 6 with 2 doubles and 2 HR

Vladdy: 4 for 6 with a double

Tellez: 2 for 5 with 2 HR

Biggio: 3 for 5 with 2 HR and a double

Grichuk: 2 for 5 with a double and HR

Key stats (Yankees)

Montgomery: 2IP 2K 10H 7ER 4HR

Frazier: 2 for 3 with a HR

LeMahieu: 2 for 4 with a HR

Ford: 1 for 2 with a double and 2 walks

Blue Jays simulation record: 6-4