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Rays, Nationals Top Standings, April Awards Issued In Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2020 Season Simulation

credit: Keith Allison
credit: Keith Allison

As the calendar turns to May, the Strat-O-Matic (www.strat-o-matic.com) simulation of the 2020 baseball season continues, with the Tampa Bay Rays (21-12) and defending champion Washington Nationals (20-10) posting the top A.L and N.L. records, respectively, through the first month-plus of action.

Strat-O-Matic, which updates results and standings daily at www.strat-o-matic.com/2020-season-simulation/, also issued its first monthly awards, covering play through April. Trevor Story of Colorado, with 13 home runs to date, which works out to a pace for 72 over a full season, was named National League Player of the Month. Jorge Soler of the surprising (18-13) Kansas City Royals earns the A.L. honor with a league best 12 home runs and MLB leading 32 RBI so far.

On the pitching side, Tampa’s Blake Snell, at 5-0 with a miniscule 0.59 ERA in seven starts, takes the A.L. Pitcher of the Month honors, while Stephen Strasburg of the Nats (5-0, 0.86 in six starts) picks up the N.L. award.

Other division leaders include Minnesota (19-12), Houston (19-12), Chicago Cubs (21-11) and Los Angeles Dodgers (19-11). Next best records in each league are held by the Yankees (20-12), Athletics (20-13), Padres (18-13) and Braves (18-15).

The Mariners (11-22) and Giants (11-20) have posted the worst records to date.

A few other notes of interest through the first five full weeks of the season:

  • The Yankees’ Brett Gardner and Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, two players whose careers seemed to have stalled a couple of years ago, are tied for the best batting average at .366. 
  • The White Sox have shown strong pop, with Eloy Jimenez (.356, 10 HR, 27 RBI) and rookie teammates Luis Robert (.901 OPS) and Nick Madrigal (.309 avg.) leading the way.
  • The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres picked up where he left off last year against the Orioles, bopping three more home runs against Baltimore and putting together a season-best 20 game hitting streak as part of his 10-homer, 24-RBI campaign to date.
  • Reigning HR champ Pete Alonso of the Mets started the year 0-23 but has picked it up lately, up to .203 with six home runs and 14 RBI after the rough beginning.

“The first month of the Strat-O-Matic simulation has shown some of the same kinds of early-season team and player surprises that can happen on the field,” said Hal Richman, Strat-O-Matic founder. “It will be fun to see which can keep it up and how the leaderboards and standings shake out as the year plays out.”

About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and as a freelance professional. His PR clients have included Wizard World and FAN EXPO, which produce pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America, USA Wrestling, the National Lacrosse League, Strat-O-Matic Media, the Pacific Life Open and Pilot Pen Tennis tournaments and dozens of others. Milani is also the director of athletic communications for Caldwell University. He is a proud graduate of North Rockland High School and Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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