Two months into Strat-O-Matic’s simulation of the 2020 baseball season, the company’s location in Glen Head, Long Island, hasn’t meant “home field advantage” for the Yankees or the Mets, who are currently outside of playoff position in the American and National Leagues, respectively.
The Bronx Bombers, despite a league-high eight wins from Gerrit Cole, sit at a pedestrian 32-31, in second place in the A.L. East, 4.5 games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays, and fourth place in the Wild Card standings, five lengths back of Oakland and Minnesota and a half-game behind the surprising Kansas City Royals. Jorge Soler has been the MVP of the first third of the season, claiming Player of the Month honors in April and May, blasting 13 home runs and driving in 38 in May alone and has 70 RBI to date.
The Mets have struggled even more, posting a 25-36 mark, a full 14 games back of the defending champion Nationals (39-22) and in fourth place in the N.L. East. Jacob deGrom has come on of late, and leads the league with 109 strikeouts. Jeff McNeil is among the N.L. batting leaders at .305.
In addition to Soler, winners include A.L. Pitcher of the Month Kenta Maeda of the Twins (3-1, 1.62 ERA), N.L. Player of the Month Daniel Murphy of Colorado (.402, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 1.110 OPS), and N.L. Pitcher of the Month Luke Weaver of Arizona (4-0, 1.77 ERA).
Fans can also vote for the players to represent both leagues in the Strat-O-Matic All-Star Game (July 14) beginning today.