There will be an Angels Opening Day result, thanks to Strat-o-matic – Daily News



Strat-o-matic, the company that produces the classic sports simulation games, will be simulating the 2020 season to help fans get through the absence of real games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Each day at 11 a.m. PT, starting on the scheduled Opening Day on Thursday, Strat-o-matic will release on its website and other social outlets the results of that day’s simulations.

Strat-o-matic was created in 1948 as a board game, with cards representing each player and dice used to determine the results. It’s all calculated so the players will perform as they did in real life during a given season. Now, the game also has a computer version, which they will use to run the 2020 season simulation.

The company has also enlisted the help of fans and some media members to help them with the most realistic lineups to feed into the computer.

I gave them their Angels lineup for the opener against the Houston Astros, who will start right-hander Zack Greinke:

David Fletcher 2B

Mike Trout CF

Anthony Rendon 3B

Shohei Ohtani DH

Justin Upton LF

Albert Pujols 1B

Brian Goodwin RF

Andrelton Simmons SS

Jason Castro C

The starting pitcher will be LHP Andrew Heaney.

I don’t think this is exactly the lineup that Joe Maddon would use, because I think he wants Tommy La Stella to play second against all right-handed pitchers. If Fletcher were to crack Maddon’s Opening Day lineup against a righty, it would probably be in right field.

Check out the results on Thursday and see how my lineup performed.