In many respects, opening day 2020 was like any other — with pitchers' duels, late-inning heroics and surprising heroes scattered throughout the 15-game schedule.
Except for one major difference. The games didn't take place in major league ballparks across the country. They took place in a parallel online universe.
While the real game is on hold, simulation game maker Strat-O-Matic is playing out the entire 2020 MLB season, using its Baseball Daily engine, with each day's results revealed at 2 p.m. ET.
In this version of opening day, the Washington Nationals began defense of their World Series title with a 4-3 win over the New York Mets. Just as he did to propel the Nationals to victory in Game 7 of the Fall Classic, Howie Kendrick came through with a go-ahead home run to propel the Nats to victory.
Howie Kendrick's home run in Game 7 of the World Series propelled the Nationals to the franchise's first title. He also delivered a clutch homer in the Nats' season-opening Strat-O-Matic simulation. (Photo: Erik Williams, USA TODAY Sports)
— The Baltimore Orioles spoiled Gerrit Cole's debut with the New York Yankees, scoring twice in the seventh off reliever Adam Ottavino in a 3-2 stunner.
— The Boston Red Sox got a ninth-inning go-ahead home run from Rafael Devers in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
— Brock Holt made a great first impression with his new team, the Milwaukee Brewers, by hitting a three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4.
— Corey Kluber tossed seven shutout innings and struck out 10 in his first game as a Texas Ranger in a 10-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners.
A Strat-O-Matic screenshot from the 2020 Red Sox-Blue Jays opener from Rogers Centre. (Photo: Strat-O-Matic)
— Mookie Betts went hitless in his first game with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his teammates picked him up in a 10-3 rout of the San Francisco Giants.
— And Mike Trout hit a pair of solo home runs and scored four times as the Los Angeles Angels outslugged the defending AL champion Houston Astros 9-6.
Nationals 4, Mets 3 (10 innings)
Indians 9, Tigers 1
Royals 5, White Sox 2
Brewers 7, Cubs 4 (11 innings)
Orioles 3, Yankees 2
Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 2
A's 5, Twins 3
Rockies 10, Padres 7 (13 innings)
Dodgers 10, Giants 3
Rangers 10, Mariners 0
Cardinals 4, Reds 3
Marlins 4, Phillies 3
Pirates 4, Rays 1
Angels 9, Astros 6
Braves 5, Diamondbacks 3
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