Toronto Blue Jays series simulation: Red Sox vs. Jays

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, you’ve probably noticed the simulated season he’s been doing. What he’s been up to lately is very similar to what I’m 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 heading south to start their road trip, the Jays head to Fenway Park to face the Red Sox for their second stop on their road trip where they face three AL East teams.

How Statis Pro works

Just like a real ball game, you set your lineup by choosing 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 23

Starting pitchers

Blue Jays: Matt Shoemaker
Red Sox: Ryan Weber

Lineups

Blue Jays

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

Red Sox

Peraza 2B
Benintendi LF
Bogaerts SS
Martinez DH
Devers 3B
Verdugo RF
Vazquez C
Moreland 1B
Bradley Jr CF

Game recap 

In the opening frame, Gurriel Jr doubled and came home on a Vladdy single. Next inning, Bichette went deep for a 3 run shot that also scored Grichuk and Jansen. In the 6th, Moreland went deep to make it 4-3. Two innings later, Moreland went deep again for a two-run shot.

Final score: Red Sox 5 Blue Jays 4

Key stats (Red Sox)

Weber: 6.1IP 9K 7H 1BB 2ER W

Devers: 2 for 4

Vazquez: 3 for 4

Moreland: 2 for 4 with 2 HR

Key stats (Blue Jays)

Shoemaker: 4IP 3K 6H 1BB 3ER 1HR

Bichette: 1 for 4 with a HR

Gurriel Jr: 3 for 4 with 2 doubles

Jansen: 1 for 2 with a walk

Game 24

Starting pitchers

Blue Jays: Chase Anderson
Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez

Lineups

Blue Jays

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

Red Sox

Pillar CF
Verdugo RF
Bogaerts SS
Martinez DH
Benintendi LF
Devers 3B
Vazquez C
Moreland 1B
Peraza 2B

Game recap

Jays scored 3 runs in the first as Biggio hit a bases clearing double that scored Gurriel Jr, Vladdy and Grichuk. In the 9th, Hernandez started off with a HR and even came up to bat twice in the 9th as the Jays batted around. When Grichuk came to hit, he hit a blooper in shallow left field which caused Bogaerts and Benintendi to collide and had to be pulled from the game. In the bottom half of the inning, Peraza hit a double that scored Devers.

Final score: Blue Jays 8 Red Sox 1

Key stats (Blue Jays)

Anderson: 7.2IP 9K 5H 2BB 0ER W

Vladdy: 3 for 5 with a double

Grichuk: 2 for 3 with 2 walks

Hernandez: 1 for 4 with a HR and a walk

Key stats (Red Sox)

Pillar: 0 for 5 with 4 strikeouts

Martinez: 2 for 4

Peraza: 2 for 3 with a double and a walk

Game 25

Starting pitchers

Blue Jays: Trent Thornton
Red Sox: Nathan Eovaldi

Lineups 

Blue Jays

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

Red Sox

Pillar LF
Verdugo RF
Martinez DH
Devers 3B
Moreland 1B
Chavis 2B
Lucroy C
Bradley Jr CF
Peraza SS

Game recap

In the bottom of the second, McGuire was ejected for arguing balls and strikes and didn’t have a single plate appearance. In the 3rd, Bichette hit a 3 run homer. In the bottom of the 4th, Moreland and Devers went back-to-back. Next inning, Moreland hit a single up the middle that brought in Pillar to tie the game. In the 7th, Verdugo and Devers bot hit home runs to make it 5-3. In the 8th, Pillar hit a double which scored Lucroy.

Final score: Red Sox 6 Blue Jays 3

Key stats (Red Sox)

Darwinzon Hernandez: 3IP 5K 2H 1BB 0ER W

Pillar: 2 for 5 with a double

Verdugo: 2 for 4 with a HR and a walk

Devers: 3 for 4 with 2 HR

Moreland: 2 for 4 with a HR

Key stats (Blue Jays)

Bichette: 1 for 4 with a HR

Jansen: 2 for 2 with a walk

Next: Is the complete game a thing of the past?

Blue Jays simulation record: 15-10

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