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OOTP Season Sim Game 64: Jays beat Rangers

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

There was a sim world trade:

  • Corey Dickerson was traded from the Marlins to the Angels with minor leaguers Jaime Barria (RHP), Gleyvin Pineda (2B) and Cristopher Molina (RHP) in return.

And in the Jays world, after this game, Jordan Romano was sent to Buffalo and Brian Moran was called up to Toronto. They have been switching spots often.

And, I got an email pointing me to this thread on Twitter which points out a troubling problem with the ‘personality’ ratings in OOTP. I had noticed this over the years, but I pretty much ignore personality ratings. If you look at the thread, players listed as black or Hispanic more often have negative personality traits, compared to white players. Black or Hispanic players are far more often listed as ‘selfish’ or ‘lazy’ (Edwin Encarnacion is listed that way in the game, which makes me sad), while white players are more likely to be listed as leaders.

OOTP has addressed the issue, but they should have been more careful to make sure this sort of thing didn’t come up.

I will note that David Price is listed as “selfish” and his greed level is “high” while his leadership level is “low” which is as far from the way I see him as possible. I’m thinking Dennis Eckersley must have rated him.

This stuff isn’t new. I say if I had a dime for every time I was told that Jose Bautista wasn’t a leader and was selfish I would have made a lot more money for cheese doodles and SB wouldn’t have to send me them. A few years ago someone put up a fanpost saying we had ‘too many Dominicans’ on the Jays, the suggestion betting that your couldn’t win with that many Dominicans. My first thought was that my dad figured out how to post on the site, but it wasn’t him (joke, it is just a joke).

There has always subtle racism and sometimes not so subtle racism when judging players. I’m sure I’ve had my moments too. I think we all try to evolve and improve.

Anyway, I’m sure OOTP will fix this issue.

Rangers 6 Blue Jays 11

This was one of those games where both starting pitchers came out early.

Corey Kluber, who had been the Rangers best starter (he had a 3.49 ERA coming into the game), went 1.2 innings, allowing 8 hits, 7 earned, 1 walk, 1 strikeout. He let the game with a 4.19 ERA.

It was almost enough to make Tanner Roark’s day look good: 1.2 innings, 3 hits, 5 earned, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.

The good part is that we got 7.1 innings of 1-run ball out of out bullpen while the Rangers allowed 4 runs in their 6.1 innings.

Our pen:

  • Wilmer Font: 1.2, 2 innings, 1 walk with 5 strikeouts. This season he has 58 strikeouts in 35.2 innings. He got the win.
  • Jordan Romano: 1.1 innings, 2 hits, 2 k.
  • Eduardo Jimenez: 2.2 innings, 1 hit (a solo homer), 1 earned, 2 k.
  • Dany Jimenez: 1.2, 1 hit, 3 k.

On offense, we scored all our 11 runs before the end of the fourth inning:

  • 3 in the first: Cavan Biggio doubled, Lourdes Gurriel singled and Bo Bichette walked to load the bases. Derek Fisher singled home Biggio. Travis Shaw singled home Gurriel and Bichette.
  • 4 in the second: Reese McGuire led off with a single. An out later Gurriel homered. With 2 out Bichette doubled, Fisher doubled and Randal Grichuk doubled.
  • 4 in the fourth: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. started us off with a home run. Bo singled. Grichuck walked. Teoscar Hernandez homered.

We had 12 hits. 2 each from Gurriel, Bichette and Fisher. The rest of the batting order all had 1 hit. Vlad, Lourdes and Teoscar each homered.

Let’s give JoDs to Fisher, Shaw and Gurriel. Oh and Font too.

The Jays win in front of 41335 paying sim customers.

Hyun-jin Ryu (4-2, 3.06 in 11 starts) is marked to start tomorrow’s game. He’s got a minor injury but should be able to pitch through it. Rangers are starting Lance Lynn (4-6, 4.96 in 13 starts).