CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The question had to be asked.
“Why,” I pressed Out Of The Park Developments Chief Operating Officer Richard Grisham, “do you hate our teams?”
“Well,” Grisham replied, chuckling, “we must hate a lot of teams.
“Because a couple of nights in a row, I’ve gone on our Twitch channel, and just had a little fun simulating the Mets season. I’m a big Mets fan. And they finished well below .500, and well out of first place, both times. So I don’t have an answer for you, because I’m still trying to figure out why it hates the Mets.”
“We’ve had scouts get in touch with us and say that they like to use the game almost as an additional tool,” says Grisham, “because we have all the real players in it.”
Loyola University professor Zach Binkley uses the game for his Sports Analytics class. Students run thousands of simulations and present their findings as they learn to bridge the tech divide and make data-driven decisions.
So what happened in my test simulation?
-- Both the Cubs and White Sox lost on Opening Day.
-- Yoan Moncada and Dylan Cease of the White Sox and both Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs battled nagging injuries for most of the season.
-- The Cubs finished 73-89 and lost Yu Darvish late to a finger injury.
-- The White Sox only won 76 games, with Luis Robert hitting 21 home runs but striking out more than 200 times.
-- Even though the Dodgers won a record 117 games, the Twins won the World Series in a four-game sweep over Washington.
There’s always next year. Or — hopefully soon — the real thing.