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Occasionally I receive an e-mail from the Baseball Bloggers Alliance that turns out to be something really interesting. We here at 1bluejaysway got an opportunity to be part of a trial for a computer simulation game. It was a good deal for everyone involved. We got a key to the game which made it free as long as we actually ran the simulation for a full season and reported the results to the company. Then we write about it. Simple enough.
So I was able to give it a try a few days ago and then spent some time observing the results. I will say this: the game covers EVERY aspect of running a team that you could possibly imagine without actually playing any of the games. Due to my lack of experience using it, I will leave it there for now.
So let's look at the overall results for 2010 first and then we can look specifically at your Toronto Blue Jays.
In my simulation season neither the Phillies or the Skankees made the playoffs! What makes that even more shocking is the fact that the wildcard came out of the AL East, with both the Red Sucks and Rays making the playoffs. The World Series featured the Mariners of Seattle vs. the Giants of San Fransisco. Giants won it.
Alright enough of that. Let's talk about our beloved Blue Jays. I will remind you, this is a simulation. It has variables. Trades happened, players signed, guys got injured etc.
Our record after a 162 games was 76 - 86. We finished 27 games out of first place and 23 out of the wildcard. We did finish 2 games above Baltimore, good for forth place in the division.
On the hitting stats side, the only league leader we had was Travis Snider. He lead all of baseball with 174 strikeouts. Actually other than that his stats were very impressive: .274 AVG 33 HR 95 RBI 98 RUNS .382 OBP .515 SLG in 548 at bats. He also walked 93 times, 6 intentionally. If he is able to put up anything close to that, I will be shocked.
On the pitching side of the house, Jason Frasor finished tied for sixth in saves with 38. Brandon Morrow was third in all of baseball in walks allowed with 98. He finished up 9 - 15 in 31 starts with a 5.35 ERA and 160 K in 176 innings.
One of our top prospects Brett Wallace did get his shot in the big leagues. He played 15 games and had 36 at bats. He was able to hit .306 with 1 bomb, 4 doubles and 5 RBI. Most importantly, he only had 37 days of service time.
Now the bad news, injuries. I know that's totally not what you want to hear but wow. Here are just some of them:
- Kevin Gregg shoulder inflammation 2 - 3 months
- Adam Lind torn quadriceps 2 months
- Scott Downs elbow strain 7 - 8 weeks
- Shaun Marcum torn rotator cuff 4 months
- Jeremy Accardo surgery to remove bone spur (elbow) 4 - 5 months
- Aaron Hill sprained ankle 4 weeks
- Vernon Wells bone bruise (wrist) 3 weeks
Just for fun I checked up on Doc. With Philly he was able to go 17 - 7 with a 2.20 ERA, which lead the majors easily, in 261 innings. He did not win the Cy Young award.
To me this game is interesting in it's concept and fantastic in it's functionality. In order to fully enjoy it, I believe you would need to have a few friends purchase it with you. I can see this potentially taking off, in the same vein as fantasy baseball.
I plan on restarting this game and going week by week along with the 2010 season. I will also sim my PS3 baseball video game and report the results in the weekly round up.