Toronto Blue Jays Series simulation: Rangers 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 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.

The Jays embark on their second destination of their 10 game road trip as the face the Rangers at their new ballpark.

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 centrefield as 24-26, meaning if you get a PB of 10 and a random number of 26, Martinez got a double off Ryu.

Game 41

Starting pitchers 

Blue Jays: Hyun-Jin Ryu
Rangers: Corey Kluber

Lineups 

Blue Jays

Bichette SS
Biggio CF
Grichuk RF
Tellez 1B
Hernandez DH
Shaw 3B
McGuire C
Panik 2B
McKinney LF

Rangers

Andrus SS
Choo DH
Calhoun LF
Gallo RF
Frazier 3B
Odor 2B
Chirinos C
Guzman 1B
Santana CF

Game recap 

In the 2nd, Panik hit a two-run homer. The 5th inning saw another two-run shot off the bat of Bichette. McGuire came to score in the 7th.

Final score: Blue Jays 5 Rangers 0

Key stats (Blue Jays)

Ryu: 9 IP 7 K 5 H 0 BB 0 ER CG W

Bichette: 1 for 4 with a HR

McGuire: 2 for 3 with a double

Panik: 1 for 3 with a double

Key stats (Rangers)

Brett Martin: 4 IP 7 K 1 H 0 BB 1 ER

Guzman: 1 for 2 with a double

Game 42

Starting pitchers

Blue Jays: Tanner Roark
Rangers: Mike Minor

Lineups 

Blue Jays

Bichette SS
Hernandez LF
Grichuk RF
Tellez 1B
Biggio CF
Panik 2B
Jansen C
Drury 3B
McKinney DH

Rangers

Andrus SS
Choo DH
Calhoun LF
Gallo RF
Frazier 3B
Odor 2B
Chirinos C
Guzman 1B
Santana CF

Game recap 

Choo hit a triple to deep right-centre field to bring in Andrus and ended up scoring a batter later when Calhoun singled. Calhoun went deep in the 3rd for his first of two home runs this game, as also went deep in the 5th. In the top of the 4th, Hernandez hit his first of two home runs, as the slugger also went deep in the 8th. The bottom half of the 4th saw Chirinos hit a two-run homer.

Final score: Rangers 6 Blue Jays 3

Key stats (Rangers)

Calhoun: 3 for 4 with 2 HRs

Chirinos: 1 for 3 with a HR

Key stats (Blue Jays)

Bichette: 2 for 4 with 2 doubles

Hernandez: 3 for 3 with 2 HRs and a walk

Game 43

Starting pitchers

Blue Jays: Matt Shoemaker
Rangers: Lance Lynn

Lineups 

Blue Jays

Bichette SS
Hernandez LF
Grichuk CF
Tellez DH
Biggio 1B
Panik 2B
Jansen C
Shaw 3B
Fisher RF

Rangers

Andrus SS
Choo DH
Calhoun LF
Gallo RF
Frazier 3B
Odor 2B
Solak 3B
Kiner-Falefa C
Santana CF

Game recap

Bichette led off the game with a home run. In the 3rd, the Jays brought aboard two runs with hits from Grichuk, Tellez, Biggio and Jansen. The Jays almost brought in three runs, but on Jansen’s double Grichuk tried to score all the way from first and was thrown out at home.

After eight spectacular innings, Giles came in to try and nail down the save but failed to do so as the three batters he faced, Choo, Calhoun and Gallo, all resulted in damage. Choo led off the bottom of the 9th with a double, which was followed by a walk issued to Calhoun before Gallo hit a game-tying home run. Dolis then came in to stop the bleeding and did so in three batters to get to extra innings. Jansen started off the 10th with a double that put Shaw in a sacrifice situation, and did so successfully. With two outs, Bichette hit his second home run of the game to make it 5-3.

Final score: Blue Jays 5 Rangers 3

Key stats (Blue Jays)

Shoemaker: 8 IP 4 K 3 H 0 BB 0 ER

Giles: IP 2 H 1 BB 3 ER 1 HR BSV

Bichette: 2 for 5 with 2 HRs

Jansen: 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a walk

Key stats (Rangers)

Lynn: 6.1 IP 10 K 5 H 1 BB 3 ER 1 HR

Gallo: 1 for 4 with a HR

Santana: 3 for 4 with 2 doubles

Next: Blue Jays: Which KBO should I root for?

Blue Jays simulation record: 27-16

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