There are a lot of reasons that I write for World Series Dreaming. Respect and adulation that comes for writing for such an esteemed blog is one perk. The massive pay check for each blog doesn’t hurt either, but the real reason I do it is for the exclusives that only World Series Dreaming brings you. Tonight before the Cubs open their season we have another such exclusive.
As many of you know Theo Epstein while in Boston had a proprietary computer program developed named Carmine. Carmine allowed the Red Sox to collect and store massive amounts of data on all players. While never officially acknowledged it was assumed that the front office was constructing a similar program. Today we can confirm that the Cubs have in fact developed such a program, and we managed to acquire a copy of it at great cost, many Bothan spies lost their lives to bring us this information.
The software is a powerful suite of projection tools and data analysis. But a surprising discovery was made. The program had all the expected long term projection and forecasting tools you would expect from the analytics side of baseball, but beyond that was a part of the program that allowed the front office to simulate single games with 100% accuracy. Naturally we tried this feature out to bring you the results from tomorrow today. If you don’t want the Cubs opener spoiled please stop reading.
You’ve been warned.
The opening screen of the simulation shows the pitching matchup and gives you a sense of the advanced computer programming that went into this software.
Jeff Samardzija gets the opening day nod, and does not disappoint with 7 strong innings. He would get into a jam in the second inning loading the bases with 1 out, but would escape the inning yielding only a single run.
The Cubs offense would struggle most of the day against the Pirates AJ Burnett. The first Cub hit of 2013 is going to be a double by Anthony Rizzo in the first inning though.AJ Burnett would better Jeff Samardzija with six innings of shutout ball. Burnett would only be lifted in the seventh inning for a pinch hitter. Samardzija was assisted in his seven innings with several fine defensively plays including an outfield assist by new Cub rightfielder Nate Schierholtz in the sixth inning.
The Cubs would not be shut out as Brent Lillibridge greeted new Pirate pitcher Mark Melancon with a single. Shark would be lifted for a pinch hitter in Scott Hairston. Hairston did this to the first pitch he saw in 2013.
The Cubs would add another run in the eighth as Nate Schierholtz would be driven in by Luis Valbuena. The score was 3-1 when new reliever Kyuji Fujikawa would enter the game in the bottom of the eighth. Fujikawa would pitch a clean eighth striking out two.
Marmol would be shaky allowing two baserunners to reach, and would have to finish a pinch hitter as the winning run with two outs. He managed to induce the pinch hitter to a groundout to Luis Valbuena at second base to end the game.
Remember World Series Dreaming was proud to ruin tomorrow’s opening day game for you.