MLB 19 the Show has been out for a while now, but it is always fun to see what happens when one season is simulated. Who will the World Series Champion be?
For this simulation, the Cincinnati Reds (TGH’s home team) will be used. No roster moves will be manually made, so if a player gets picked up it is the AI’s decision. All games were simulated. Here were the results:
The Indians, Yankees and Astros won their divisions in the American League. Houston won 108 games to pace the American League. The Red Sox and Athletics were the Wild Card teams from the AL. There weren’t many surprises in the AL, as all the teams made the playoffs 2018.
For the National League, the Dodgers, the Cubs and Phillies won their divisions. The Phillies led the NL with 100 wins. The Mets and Reds were the two Wild Card teams from the NL. While the teams that won their divisions weren’t surprises, both the Mets and Reds making the playoffs was an eyebrow-raiser.
World Series Champions: Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs defeated the Dodgers in the NLDS 3-2. They then moved onto beat division-rival Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in the NLCS. In the World Series, they held off the Astros to win the series 4-3.
Both teams who made the World Series have a chance to do so and both have a chance to win it, so MLB The Show 19 may have hit the nail on the head. Only time will tell.
The Cubs had one player hit over .300 in the postseason, outfielder Albert Almora Jr. He also led the Cubs with 26 postseason hits. Kris Bryant was top on the team with 11 postseason RBI.
Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish tied for the team lead with three wins apiece in the playoffs. Carl Edwards Jr. pitched the most innings out of the bullpen at 12.1. Surprisingly, reliever Steve Cishek led the team with three saves in the postseason. Jon Lester was a standout starter with a 1.69 ERA in 21.1 innings pitched in the postseason.
MVPs: Bryce Harper, George Springer
In his first season with the Phillies, Bryce Harper won the NL MVP. He batted .307 with 51 home runs and 134 RBI. Batting over .300 was a little bit surprising, as Harper has only done so twice in his career, but it was just two years ago the last time he accomplished that feat. His power numbers were superb with 51 home runs, which beat his previous career-high of 42. With that, he also had the most RBI in his career, besting his previous total of 100. In addition to all this, he helped lead the Phillies to the playoffs.
Springer winning the AL MVP is an upset. It’s not that he’s a bad player, it’s that there are so many more interesting options, including Mike Trout and Jose Altuve. Springer did hit .334 with 43 home runs and 144 RBI. All three of those numbers were career highs by wide margins. To stand out that much on a team with Altuve and Carlos Correa, Springer deserved the award in this simulation and he too helped his team get to the playoffs.
Cy Youngs: Jacob deGrom, Gerrit Cole
The number of wins was a big point of contention for Jacob deGrom in his real Cy Young Award in 2018. Virtual deGrom did not have the same issue, as he won 20 games and only lost three. Pair that with a 2.79 ERA and 219 strikeouts and it was another impressive year for him and the Mets, as they made the playoffs.
Gerrit Cole also won 20 games and the Cy Young in the American League with a 20-7 record. His ERA was 2.93 and he had a whopping 260 strikeouts. Winning 20 games isn’t easy to do in this era and Cole did that to go along with helping the Astros qualify for the playoffs.
Rookies of the Year: Pete Alonso, Vlad Guerrero Jr.
Pete “the Polar Bear” Alonso, a first baseman for the Mets was able to win the Rookie of the Year for the NL. He hit .280 with 21 home runs and 79 RBI. In real life, Alonso is hitting .292 for the Mets right now.
The AL Rookie of the Year Award was won by Vlad Guerrero Jr. The rookie batted .280 with 26 home runs and 77 RBI. He has been one of the most heralded prospects in years and it helps that his dad was a great player as well. The third baseman put up numbers that he is expected to do this season in the big leagues.
Records and Stats
No single season or career records were broken in this simulation.
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