Strat-O-Matic to simulate 2020 MLB schedule while real games are on hold

Can't wait to see how Mookie Betts will perform atop the Dodgers lineup? Or how Gerrit Cole fares with the Yankees?

Baseball fans who had their dreams of opening day shattered by the delayed start to the season will be able to get a little bit of that magic back, thanks to the folks at Strat-O-Matic.

The legendary board game company has announced it will be simulating the 2020 MLB season, beginning on the schedule's original opening day, March 26.

Using its unique player ratings and its Baseball Daily game, Strat-O-Matic will play each of the MLB games on that day's schedule and unveil the scores, stats and key game highlights at 2 p.m. ET. 

“Like all baseball fans, we are disappointed that the season won’t be starting on time, but we hope this day-by-day simulation will provide a fun, viable substitute for the time being,” said Strat-O-Matic founder Hal Richman. 

The baseball board game Strat-O-Matic was first produced in 1961. (Photo: Tim Dillon, USA TODAY Sports)

Fans, former players and media members will be asked to help select the teams' pitching rotations and lineups, the company says. The results will be promoted on its website, strat-o-matic.com, and its various social media platforms.

The season is set to begin with all 30 MLB teams in action on Thursday, March 26. The games will continue each day to help fill the void until the real games resume.

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