The real world Royals are up 2-0 against the Orioles in the ALCS, but our sim has the series tied. Meanwhile, the Giants took a 1-0 NLCS lead in real life but our Game 1 went to the Cardinals. See our first post about the LCS sims to see how we’ve set these up.
Game 2 of our NLCS sim saw the Giants even the series as they scored two runs against Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to escape with a 3-2 victory. Rosenthal blew six saves during the regular season but had been perfect during the postseason until he fell apart in the ninth inning of this game.
As the ALCS continues and the NLCS opens tonight, we’ve moved ahead in our simulation of the playoffs. Read the beginning of my original post to see how I set this up. (And if we don’t say so ourselves, our sim of the ALCS Game 1 wasn’t too far off from reality.)
Orioles’ 8-4 Win Evens the ALCS
The Baltimore Orioles put together a five-run eighth inning that turned a one-run deficit into an 8-4 victory in Game 2 of the ALCS, knotting it at a game apiece. Kansas City Royals starter Yordano Ventura pitched seven good enough innings — with four hits, three runs, and five walks allowed and four batters struck out — to hand the lead to the bullpen.
As the Kansas City Royals prepare to face the Baltimore Orioles in an American League Championship Series that few predicted before the season started, we thought we’d use OOTP 15 to get a sneak peek at Game 1. We’ll do this for more games in the ALCS, as well as the NLCS, so stay tuned for future posts.