With the 2020 White Sox season on hold, fans have turned to a bevy of alternative ways to get their baseball fix. Classic games, MLB the Show, books, stories, and podcasts just to name a few, but baseball’s oldest simulator has something to offer us as well.
Strat-O-Matic, which dubs itself, “The original fantasy sports games,” is offering fans a 2020 Major League Baseball simulation experience, complete with results, box scores, standings, transactions and more, that they’re updating each day on their website.
So why not follow along, and get a look into what the 2020 White Sox might look like?
Before we get to today’s game against the Cleveland Indians, let’s take a look at the results that we missed this weekend.
Opening Weekend vs. Kansas City
March 26 — Royals 5, White Sox 2
In the season opener, Lucas Giolito had a tough go of it, surrendering four earned runs on five hits in a losing effort. Giolito’s outing centered around a three-run second inning, which would turn out to be the decisive blow for the White Sox on Opening Day.
Despite taking the loss, Giolito would strike out eight Royals’ hitters, and Nomar Mazara hit his first home run of the season. Adalberto Mondesi and Salvador Perez went deep for the Royals.
March 28 — Royals 9, White Sox 5
It was another tough day for the White Sox rotation, this time it was Dallas Keuchel getting shelled by the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field, allowing six earned runs on five hits and five walks in just four innings of work.
Eloy Jimenez picked up three hits, two of which left the yard, and Luis Robert hit his first career home run in the losing effort.
March 29 — White Sox 9, Royals 4
Finally, the White Sox picked up their first victory of 2020 as they avoided an embarrassing opening weekend sweep at the hands of the lowly Royals.
Reynaldo Lopez allowed only a pair of runs and struck out seven Royals hitters in a winning effort, and the White Sox collected three home runs offensively. Eloy Jimenez hit his third of the season, Luis Robert hit his second in as many days, and Tim Anderson picked up his first of the season to go along with a double.
After dropping two-of-three to the Royals at home, the White Sox are on to Cleveland for the start of a three-game series with the Tribe on Monday.
March 30 — Indians 12, White Sox 6
It was a day to forget for Dylan Cease, who was hit around by the Indians to the tune of six runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings. Carson Fulmer allowed a pair of runs in his 1.1 innings of work, and Jace Fry surrendered four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Alex Colome, Evan Marshall and Kelvin Herrera stopped the bleeding, combining for three scoreless innings of relief.
Zach Plesac (1-0) tossed six innings of one-run baseball, striking out eight while allowing just a pair of hits.
Offensively, Eloy Jimenez racked up another multi-hit performance, picking up his fourth home run of the season and a trio of RBI. Jose Abreu went yard, but the 2-3-4 combination of Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu and Yasmani Grandal is off to a less-than-stellar start to the 2020 campaign.
The White Sox are scuffling, off to a 1-3 start to the 2020 campaign with two more games to play in Cleveland, followed by a three-game trip to Boston.
The starting rotation, much to the concern of many this spring, is struggling mightily as a whole.
The offense, led by Eloy Jimenez (4 HR, 7 RBI) has racked up 23 runs in four games (5.7 runs per game), looking as potent as many expected. Thus far, despite the 1-3 record, the Strat-O-Matic simulation is providing some pretty accurate results for the 2020 White Sox.
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