Coronavirus: A’s win, Giants lose on Opening Day as baseball lives on through Strat-O-Matic

There were no fans in the stands or players on the fields Thursday. In fact, stadiums across America remained empty with no traces of the significance this day was supposed to bring before COVID-19 came along.

But there was an alternate universe where Major League Baseball’s Opening Day tradition went on without a hitch on Thursday. Thanks to Strat-O-Matic’s simulated computer games, baseball-starved fans in the Bay Area — and throughout the country — saw how things might have gone had the games actually gone on as scheduled.

The new Gabe Kapler era brought more of the same old story for the Giants, according to Strat-O-Matic, which had the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw handing San Francisco and starter Johnny Cueto a 10-3 loss at Dodger Stadium. And, adding to the realistic nature of the Giants’ past woes was Hunter Pence suffering an injury in the seventh inning that will keep him out for a week in the fantasy world.

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The world of simulation brought good news to A’s fans in the form of a 5-3 opening day win over the Twins before at the Coliseum. A’s starter Mike Fiers and catcher Sean Murphy may have gotten their signals crossed (or detected?) in the first inning — he gave up two home runs — but still got the victory after Matt Chapman’s two-run single highlighted Oakland’s five-run second inning.

In other fantasy action around the majors Thursday, Opening Day also saw the defending champion Nationals beat the Mets 4-3 on Howie Kendrick’s walk-off homer and the Orioles ruin Gerrit Cole’s Yankee debut with a 3-2 win in Baltimore.

For those interested in keeping up with the daily action, Strat-O-Matic will play out MLB’s regularly scheduled games each day and post results by 11:30 a.m. PT here. In fact, Strat-O-Matic will even listen to compelling arguments from fans about lineup changes for their favorite teams. Just direct your tweets to them at @StratOMatic.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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