New York Mets full season simulation in MLB the Show 20
With the recent release of MLB the Show 2020 and the delay of the beginning of the New York Mets season, I decided to simulate the year.
As I’m sure you are all already aware, due to all that has been transpiring in the news recently, the MLB made the decision to delay the start of the 2020 season indefinitely. Originally, the New York Mets were slated to start the 2020 season against the World Series champion Washington Nationals on March 26th.
Now, we are not quite sure when the season will begin.
Fortunately, the video game MLB the Show 2020 was just released on the PS4, complete with all 30 teams, full rosters, and the complete 2020 schedule.
In order to help hold myself over until the eventual start of the major league season, I decided to pick up the copy of the game and naturally, I wanted to play a franchise mode of the 2020 New York Mets.
As the Mets were originally projected to be a contending team in 2020, I decided to simulate the entire season and see how things would play out based on the game’s evaluation of the roster.
Is this club championship bound?
March and April
Mets fans got some great news to just before Opening Day, as Yoenis Cespedes broke camp with the team and would be in the starting lineup for the opener. Additionally, invitee Eduardo Nunez made team out of Spring Training and will join the Mets as a bench player.
Opening Day’s lineup was as follows: Jeff McNeil RF, Pete Alonso 1B, Michael Conforto CF, Yoenis Cespedes LF, Robinson Cano 2B, Wilson Ramos C, JD Davis 3B, Jacob deGrom P, Amed Rosario SS.
The Mets crashed the start of the Nationals’ victory tour, beating them on Opening Day behind a strong start from the back to back Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, going 8 innings while giving up 2 hits, 1 BB and 11K’s. Pete Alonso hit a 2-run home run in the first and Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo shot in the 6th in his return to the big leagues, leading New York to a 4-0 win.
Another highlight was Game 6 of the season, facing off against the Phillies and our old friend Zack Wheeler. His return to Queens did not go well, as Wheeler allowed 4 ER over 5 innings. Dominic Smith hit 2 home runs in the game and deGrom pitched a complete game, giving up 1 run and recording 9 Ks.
Unfortunately, the Mets lost Noah Syndergaard for a few weeks to an ankle injury suffered on April 9th, but he returned to the team on the 25th against the Atlanta Braves, going 7 innings, allowing 2 ER and recording 8 Ks.
Overall, at the end of April, the Mets record stood at 20-11, first in the division. Conforto was New York’s top hitter, batting .365 with 12 HR and 29 RBI. In Cespedes’ first month back, he is second on the team with 6 home runs.
Edwin Diaz appears to have rebounded from an awful 2019, recording 9 saves with a 0.75 ERA in 12 games, but Seth Lugo struggled to start the season, posting an ERA of 4.76.