Blue Jays 2020 Simulation: Toronto recovers from slow start in first week

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With sport on hiatus as the world tries to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are still ways to fill the void created by the lack of games. In order to distract from the much more serious things going on in the world, Sportsnet Blue Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner will simulate every Blue Jays game scheduled in what was supposed to be the 2020 season and provide updates weekly days in this space. . You can follow the games as they happen on Twitter @ Wilnerness590. The simulation is done using Dynasty League Baseball, a table (and online) simulation game of cards and dice.

This is the first update since opening day, so we have a bit of catching up to do as we prepare to start what was supposed to be the second full week of action in the 2020 season. of Major League Baseball.

After the Toronto Blue Jays abandoned the opening of the mock season, they also lost the next two games, fighting for a 0-3 start to the season. Tanner Roark was knocked down for five points in just two innings in a 10-3 loss in the second game of the season, and the Jays lost a masterful performance from Matt Shoemaker the next day, failing to score a point in support of his seven innings of a run, four hits in a 1-0 loss. The bats stammered out the door, scoring only three times in the first three games combined, all in Game 2. At this point, Travis Shaw had the team’s only homerun.

The Jays finally made a difference in the quadruple player’s final with the Red Sox, and in a big way. After falling 4-0, they exploded for six points at the end of the fourth inning – on three-point circuits from Rowdy Tellez and Joe Panik. They added one point each in the fifth and sixth and won an 8-4 victory behind three perfect relief innings from Sam Gaviglio. Panik got the start on Sunday to give Cavan Biggio a break as Biggio had started 1 for 11 with nine strikeouts.

With the win, however, Panik did not come out of the lineup – or second place in batting – when the Cincinnati Reds came to town to open a three-game streak.

The Blue Jays won the first two games with identical scores of 4-3, but in very different ways. In the opening game, Rowdy Tellez broke a 3-3 tie with a sixth innings circuit against former Blue Jays hopeful Anthony Desclafani. Shun Yamaguchi claimed the victory with 2 2/3 innings of relief with a stroke from Trent Thornton. Teoscar Hernandez tied the game with a solo shot in the third, and at that point hit .467 / .556 / .867 in his first 18 plate appearances of the mock season.

In the second game, the Blue Jays struck early, taking advantage of a rare mistake by Joey Votto who extended the first inning so that Tellez could find two outs and line up for a double three. In his second start, Hyun-Jin Ryu had a two-hit shutout in the 6th before giving up a two-run homer to Eugenio Suarez, but the Jays led 4-2 in the eighth when Ryu allowed a first solo shot at Nick Senzel. With configuration man Anthony Bass launching three days in a row, Wilmer Font took over for Ryu and was perfect, and Ken Giles finished for his second consecutive stop.

The Jays couldn’t finish the sweep because Roark was absolutely crushed in the final. He only managed one save against eight batterers, allowing six runs on five hits. The big hits were a two-point homerun by Votto and two-point doubles by Nicholas Castellanos and old friend Freddy Galvis. The Jays never recovered, like Thomas Pannone (2 innings, 4 points) and AJ Cole (back to back homers of Suarez and Mike Moustakas) was also enlightened, and there were 12-0 Reds before Tellez hit a two-point shot late in the eighth to keep the Jays from whitening a third time. in seven games.

In his two starts to date, Roark has only lasted 2 1/3 innings, allowing 11 runs on nine hits for an ERA of 42.43. But one of the reasons the Blue Jays signed it is because it responds to the bell, so it still has about 30 starts to get it right.

The Blue Jays would have spent the weekend in the Bronx, so this is where our simulation ended the week.

Another great performance from Shoemaker helped ruin the Yankees’ first home game. The right-hander had seven innings of three hits and failed to make a earned run, but the game was tied 1-1 in the sixth when the Jays finally made it to Masahiro Tanaka. Tellez and Hernandez’s consecutive doubles placed the Jays ahead, and Randal Grichuk’s single double scored Hernandez with an insurance run. It was more than enough, but they nailed another in the eighth on consecutive doubles by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. After a perfect relief round from Bass and Giles, Toronto finished with a 4- 1 win .

The middle of the game saw all the points scored in the third run. The Blue Jays threw themselves on J.A. Fortunately for a five-seater that included a double two-point run from Gurriel and RBI singles from Biggio and Grichuk, but Chase Anderson couldn’t handle the prosperity. With two goals in and one strikeout, he dropped two consecutive homeruns – a three-point shot on Gleyber Torres was followed by a Giancarlo Stanton bomb to bring the Yankees back into one. After a walk, Yamaguchi took over and things continued to go wrong. A wild throw, a Guerrero Jr. error and another walk charged the bases, then Yamaguchi hit Mike Ford to force into the liaison race. The Yanks took the lead on a defenseman’s top scorer and added one more to make it a seven-point game. The teams combined for just three hits the rest of the way in a 7-5 Yankees victory.

The Blue Jays were trying to get back to .500 on the season in the rubber game, plus a winning streak at Yankee Stadium is still a good time, right? They got everything they needed on a bat in the second inning – Bo Bichette went deep with two goals to make it 3-0 and Trent Thornton and the bullpen won from there. Thornton allowed just one run on six hits in seven innings, with 11 strikeouts, and Brandon Drury provided insurance with a three-point strike in the eighth. A 6-2 win left the Jays 5-5 in the first 10 games of the mock season.

Coming this week, two games in Philadelphia, then a day off and four at home against Kansas City. To follow!



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