MLB 20 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 are the MLB The Show 20: 1-Year simulation results.
The Indians, Astros and Yankees each won their divisions in the American League. New York won 113 games to take the top seed, while Houston won 104 and the Indians won 92. The Angels and Athletics were the Wild Card teams from the division. There weren’t too many surprises in the AL, but the Twins may be a team to watch out for in real life.
The Dodgers, Phillies and Cubs won their divisions in the National League. Los Angeles led the NL with 102 wins, while the Cubs had 94 and the Phillies had 96. The Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies made the playoffs as Wild Cards.
World Series Champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Reds in the NLDS 3-1. They then moved on to the NLCS and beat the Cubs 4-2. In the World Series, the Dodgers beat the Astros 4-2 to become champions.
Both teams who made the World Series look like they could do it and have a pretty good chance to do so this season. This simulation, for the most part, makes sense. MLB 20 The Show may have predicted this well.
Los Angeles relied on the hitting of Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Gavin Lux, who all hit above .300. In the NL playoffs, the Dodgers had the top seven players in base hits. Pederson led all NL players with five home runs, while Bellinger led with 19 RBIs.
Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler combined for three wins apiece in the postseason. Those two will need to pitch well in real life if they want to win the World Series and both are talented enough to do so.
MVPs: Eugenio Suarez, Gerrit Cole
Suarez may not be the best known third baseman in the league, but he has been straight up killing it for the Reds for the last few seasons. He hit a league-leading 50 home runs and also had 132 RBIs. In this simulation, he hit .281 as well, which helped put the Reds in the playoffs. Suarez is very capable of hitting these numbers, especially with the additions Cincinnati has made to their team this offseason.
It’s not often that a pitcher wins the MVP award, but Gerrit Cole pitched phenomenally for the Yankees in this simulation. He went 18-3 with a 2.28 ERA and 283 strike outs. His play helped the Yankees make the playoffs, but most fans of the Bronx Bombers will be unsatisfied if they don’t walk away with a World Series title.
Cy Youngs: Walker Buehler, Gerrit Cole
Walker Buehler’s pitching was good in the regular season and postseason. He went 19-7 with a 2.36 ERA and 229 strikeouts for the 2020 season simulation. His play helped the Dodgers win the World Series, so it was a great year all around for Buehler. These numbers are all attainable this season.
When a pitcher wins the MVP, he is likely going to win the Cy Young too. Signing Cole was well worth it in this simulation, even if the Yankees didn’t win the World Series.
Rookies of the Year: Estevan Florial, Dom Thompson-Williams
Florial batted .261 with five home runs and 14 RBIs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the simulation. The outfielder will likely have a tough time in real life doing this as a .273 minor league average in just A-ball will make him take quite a leap to reach these numbers. He’s currently on the New York Yankees, but was traded to the Pirates in the simulation.
Thomspon-Williams hit .241 with 24 home runs and 69 RBIs. He hit .234 in Double-A last season so his Rookie of the Year Award is also unlikely. The outfielder will need to make some leaps and bounds to reach the majors and do that well in the bigs.
How close will this simulation of MLB The Show 20 be to getting things right?