OOTP: Pirates Try to Avoid the Sweep Against the Cardinals

The following is part of our simulation of the 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates season, using Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP). We simulate the season each day, as it was originally scheduled, and with no input from any of us, all to give you a Pirates team to follow this year. You can follow the simulation by inning and make it seem like a game, or you can skip to the end and find out what happens.

The Pirates will look to avoid a sweep against the Cardinals today, with Joe Musgrove on the mound.


1st Inning

Musgrove strikes out Wong to start the game. Carpenter flies out to center. Goldschmidt doubles to left-center. A wild pitch moves him to third. Brad Miller strikes out.

Dyson flies out. Frazier walks. Josh Bell doubles, scoring Frazier. Polanco strikes out. Reynolds strikes out.

Pirates 1, Cardinals 0

2nd Inning

DeJong flies out to center. Fowler grounds out on a bunt single attempt. Bader strikes out.

Newman draws a walk, but Flaherty strikes out Hayes, Maile, and Musgrove.

Pirates 1, Cardinals 0

3rd Inning

Molina flies out to left. Flaherty strikes out. Wong singles on a line drive to left. Wong steals second on a 1-2 pitch. Carpenter draws a walk. Goldschmidt singles, scoring Wong and moving Carpenter to third. Miller strikes out.

Dyson pops out to short. Frazier grounds out to short. Bell flies out to center.

Pirates 1, Cardinals 1

4th Inning

DeJong strikes out. Fowler strikes out. Bader grounds out to second.

Polanco strikes out. Reynolds flies out to center. Newman grounds out to third.

Pirates 1, Cardinals 1

5th Inning

Molina grounds out to short. Flaherty singles. Wong flies out to left. Carpenter flies out to left.

Hayes flies out to center. Maile grounds out to short. Musgrove strikes out.

Pirates 1, Cardinals 1

6th Inning

Goldschmidt strikes out. Miller strikes out. DeJong is hit by a pitch. Fowler strikes out.

Dyson grounds out to second. Addison Russell enters the game, playing left field. Adam Frazier strikes out. Bell singles to right. Polanco flies out to right.

Pirates 1, Cardinals 1

7th Inning

Richard Rodriguez comes in to pitch for the Pirates. Bader grounds out to third. Molina grounds out to short. Flaherty is hit by a pitch. Russell strikes out.

Reynolds singles through the hole on the right side of the infield. Newman grounds out to first, with Reynolds moving to second. Hayes grounds out, moving Reynolds to third with two outs. Right-handed pitcher Kodi Whitley comes on to replace Flaherty. Maile singles, scoring Reynolds. Colin Moran enters as a pinch hitter and strikes out.

Pirates 2, Cardinals 1

8th Inning

Edgar Santana enters the game for the Pirates. Matt Carpenter singles to left-center. Goldschmidt strikes out. Brad Miller triples to right, scoring the tying run. DeJong grounds out to short, and Miller is held at third. Fowler draws a walk. Bader flies out to right.

Dyson grounds out to short. Frazier grounds out to first. Andrew Miller enters the game for the Cardinals. Josh Bell draws a walk. Polanco strikes out.

Pirates 2, Cardinals 2

9th Inning

Keone Kela comes in to pitch the ninth inning and strikes out the side in order.

Giovanny Gallegos enters for the Cardinals. Reynolds strikes out. Kevin Newman hits a walk off home run to left field to win the game.






Probable Starters

Thursday: OFF

Friday, 7:10 PM EST: Mitch Keller (3-3, 4.60) vs Steven Matz (2-2, 4.10)

Saturday, 7:10 PM EST: Chris Stratton (3-2, 3.00) vs Jacob deGrom (2-3, 2.63)

Sunday, 1:10 PM EST: Chris Archer (4-2, 2.88) vs Noah Syndergaard (3-2, 4.47)

Monday, 7:10 PM EST: Trevor Williams (1-3, 4.58) vs Marcus Stroman (3-3, 3.31)

Tuesday, 7:05 PM EST: Jose Quintana (1-3, 7.45) vs Joe Musgrove (1-4, 3.13)