Here at GameSided we have been simulating the entirety of the playoffs thanks to Sony’s MLB 13: The Show and its new Postseason Mode. We are on fire these playoffs, as we have correctly predicted the winning team in 6 out of 8 postseason matchups. As well, we have an 18-13 record for individually simulated games in picking the winner, and having a .581 winning percentage was good enough to get 6 teams into the postseason this year. Check them out for yourself:
- Reds vs Pirates
- Rays vs Indians
- Dodgers vs Braves
- Pirates vs Cardinals
- Rays vs Red Sox
- Tigers vs Athletics
- Dodgers vs Cardinals
- Tigers vs Red Sox
Tonight’s probable pitchers are Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals (2-1, 1.57 ERA, 23 IP, 0.78 WHIP) and Jon Lester (2-1, 2.33 ERA, 19.1 IP, 1.19 WHIP) for the Red Sox. The real game coverage starts at 7:30 PM ET tonight on Fox, but we simulated Game 1 with the most recent roster update earlier last night/this morning. Here are the results:
- Is there anything Carlos Beltran can’t hit in the playoffs? He finished 3-4 with a double, 2 runs scored and an RBI.
- Jon Jay also had three hits, including bunting for a hit. Those crazy NL batters and their bunting, right? (more on that later)
- Daniel Descalso went 1-3 with a hit, a run scored and a walk, but was caught stealing.
- Allen Craig makes his return to the Cardinals lineup, albeit to a whimper. He finished 0-4 with 2 strikeouts.
- Matt Adams‘ double in the 7th turned out to be the game winner, as he brought Yadier Molina around to score.
- This gave Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright more than enough to lock up the win, as his pitching line read as follows: 6.2 IP, 5 hits, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K’s. He was Topps’ Player of the Game.
- The Flyin’ Hawaiian Shane Victorino continues his hot streak in a losing effort, going 2-4 with his team’s lone RBI.
- Stephen Drew was that scored run, as his 1-3, one walk night produced his team’s only run all the way down in the 9th spot.
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a similar box score finish, ending with 1-3 on a double and a walk (without the run).
- Xander Bogaerts, Daniel Nava, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz all finished with 0-fers, with Ortiz striking out twice.
- Mike Carp pinch hit for Bogaerts late in this game and got as far as second on the basepaths, however we could not score the (then) tying run.
- Jon Lester was hung for the loss in Game 1, as he finished with 6 innings and gave up 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 walks and struck out 5.
The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 to take an early 1-0 World Series advantage. Make sure to come back to GameSided tomorrow morning, as we will have the simulated results for Game 2 of the MLB World Series.
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