Tampa Bay Sports Day

Rays Bow To Jays In Strat-O-Matic Simulation

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In the biggest surprise of Strat-O-Matic’s simulation of the 2020 baseball playoffs, the top-seeded Rays fell to Toronto, two games to one, in the Wild Card series in Tampa. After winning game 1, 3-2, via walk-off, the Rays dropped game two, 7-3, when Toronto scored four in the ninth inning to break a 3-3 tie, and fell, 6-2 in the rubber game, unable to dig out of a 6-0 hole after five innings.

The Chicago Cubs, behind four home runs and 10 RBI by MVP Anthony Rizzo, took the World Series from the Yankees in seven games, a two-run single by unlikely hero Victor Caratini in the eighth inning of the deciding contest providing the winning margin in what would be Chicago’s second crown in five years and fourth in its history.

After edging sixth-seeded Miami in the N.L. Wild Card round, two games to one, No. 3 Chicago won its next series more efficiently, 3-1 over Atlanta and 4-1 over San Diego. The Yankees, the A.L. No 5 seed, had a similar run to the Series, sweeping Cleveland in the Wild Card round, taking Toronto, three games to one, and Minnesota, four games to one.

In the World Series, the Cubs took a three games to one lead before the Yankees earned wins in games five and six to set up the winner-take-all finale. Despite two home runs by Giancarlo Stanton, Caratini’s pinch hit put the Cubs up for good in the 8-5 victory. Rizzo hit .483 and also scored seven runs in the series, which pitted the same franchises who were paired in 1932 and 1938.