Here at GameSided we will be simulating the entirety of the playoffs thanks to Sony’s MLB 13: The Show and its new Postseason Mode. We already have a 1-0 record after correctly simulating a Pittsburgh Pirates win yesterday, so we hope to keep that winning streak of 1 going today in our simulation of the AL Wildcard between the Tampa Bay Rays on the road against the Cleveland Indians at home.
Tonight’s probable pitchers are Alex Cobb for the Rays (11-3, 2.76 ERA, 143.1 IP, 1.15 WHIP), making his second start start against Cleveland this year (previously won a 6-0 game by pitching 7 shutout innings). His opponent on the mound will be rookie Danny Salazar (2-3, 3.12 ERA, 52 IP, 1.13 WHIP), who started this year at the bottom (AA) and now he’s here in the biggest game of his young career. The real game starts at 8PM ET on TBS tonight, but we simulated this make-or-break game with the September 30 roster update earlier today. Here are the results:
- James Loney was the star player for the Rays in this pivotal matchup. He finished 2-4 with a solo HR, 2 runs, an RBI and a sweet diving grab.
- Evan Longoria also hit a solo HR, but that’s all he could manage, going 1-4 with a K.
- Yunel Escobar went 2-3 with a couple of singles and an RBI.
- Notable 0-fers: Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers, Jose Molina (combining for 8 K’s between them).
- Speaking of Myers, despite his lack of offense this game he more than backed it up with the glove, making a few fantastic running catches that seemed impossible to make.
- Alex Cobb got beat around by the Indians offense, to the tune of a 4 IP, 7 ER, 10 hits, 0 walks and 1 K pitching line.
- Jason Giambi may be a grizzled veteran, but he put on a show for his team by going 2-4 with a 2 run HR, complete with a sweet bat flip.
- Both Asdrubal Cabrera and Nick Swisher went 3-5 in this game, both had 1 RBI but Cabrera beat out Swisher in runs by 2 to 1.
- We were all Kipnisses, as Jason Kipnis finished 2-5 with 2 singles and a stolen base.
- Another case of identical stats went to Drew Stubbs and Carlos Santana, both going 2-4 with 2 runs, a K and 2 RBIs each. The only difference is Santana earned his 2 RBI with a home run.
- Lonnie Chisenhall is the lone 0-fer on the Indians squad, although at least he had 0 K’s.
- Danny Salazar pitched a great game, finishing with 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 hits, 0 walks and 10 K’s. Chris Perez finished out the 9th with a 8 run lead but still managed to give up 2 solo HR’s among a strikeout.
The Cleveland Indians won against the Tampa Bay Rays 10-4 to advance to the American League Divisional Series against the Boston Red Sox, starting this Friday. Make sure to come back to GameSided tomorrow morning, as we will be simulating the entirety of both National League Divisional Series. As well, tomorrow afternoon we will be simulating each Game 1 between the Dodgers vs. Braves and Pirates vs. Cardinals.