Tag:MLB 2K10
Posted on: May 21, 2010 6:58 pm

Angels @ Cardinals 5/21 Simulation

Well it's time for interleague play, and I've gotten the first game of things taken care of on the simulation, so let's see how it compares yet again. If memory serves me right without looking, the last time I did this for the Reds and Cardinals, it didn't turn out anything like the real game, so it's time for take two.

The starting lineups used are indeed the ones that are in place for tonight's game, so hopefully that helps keep things more realistic, if such a thing exists in a game.


SS Erick Aybar
2B Howard Kendrick
LF Bobby Abreu
CF Torii Hunter
1B Kendry Morales
RF Juan L. Rivera
Mike Napoli
3B Brandon Wood
Joel Pineiro


SS Felipe Lopez
RF Ryan Ludwick
LF Matt Holliday
1B Albert Pujols
CF Colby Rasmus
3B David Freese
Yadier Molina
2B Skip Schumaker
Brad Penny

Well this one again is one I hope that doesn't turn out the way it simulated, both teams cranked out 9 hits a piece, but with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning, Ryan Franklin surrendered a 3 run home run to Howie Kendrick that proved to be the difference maker, and the Cardinals fell to the Angels 5-3.

Some notable stats from the game, Cardinals SP Brad Penny went 8 innings and scattered 8 hits, only giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 8. Joel Pineiro turned in a quality start as well in his return to St. Louis, but was pulled after 6 and a third innings and giving up 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, and struck out 4 batters. Fernando Rodney and Brian Fuentes pitched the final 2 and 2 thirds, with Rodney just giving up one hit.

As far as the hitting goes, Yadier Molina and Colby Rasmus had the only extra base hits for the Cardinals, both with one double and one RBI a piece. Bobby Abreu recorded the only double for the Angels, as well as their lone error. Morales and Kendrick both hit home runs, the Morales shot being a solo home run off of Penny.  Matt Holliday was the only Cardinal starter to not record a base hit, Lopez and Schumaker were the only ones to record two hits, however. Those fortunes were nearly reversed for the Angels, with Aybar and Wood the only starters to not record a hit, and Kendrick, Abreu, and Kendrick all recording 2 hits.

Rodney picked up the win in relief, with Fuentes getting the save, and Ryan Franklin was charged with his first loss of the season.

Let's certainly hope this is another simulated failure, and hope the Cardinals start off the series with a win.

Posted on: May 15, 2010 3:37 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2010 3:40 pm

Cardinals @ Reds 5/15 Super Sim

Well I thought I would try something new, just for the fun of it and to see how these things actually hold up, so I popped MLB 2K10 into the Xbox and just simulated tonight's game with the starting pitchers and default batting orders, it looks something like this:


2B Skip Schumaker
RF Ryan Ludwick
1B Albert Pujols
LF Matt Holliday
CF Colby Rasmus
Yadier Molina
3B David Freese
SS Brendan Ryan
Adam Wainwright


SS Orlando Cabrera
2B Brandon Phillips
1B Joey Votto
3B Scott Rolen
RF Jay Bruce
LF Jonny Gomes
CF Drew Stubbs
Ramon Hernandez
Mike Leake

The super sim has the Reds winning this one 7-6 on a walkoff home run in the 9th by Scott Rolen. Interesting stats to note, both starting pitchers only went 5 and a third innings, Leake giving up all 6 runs, 5 earned before being replaced by Mike Lincoln for two innings. Wainwright was battered for 12 hits and 5 earned while striking out 6. Trever Miller then came in and pitched two scoreless, and then Ryan Franklin got the last two out in the 8th before serving one up to Rolen to end it to lead off the 9th.

As far as the hitters stats, for the Cardinals Yadier Molina was the offensive star, going 2 for 5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI, and the only Cardinal to collect multiple hits. On the Reds side of things, Rolen and Hernandez both had 5 hit games, Rolen with 3 RBI and Hernandez with 2 RBI.

Again it's just a for fun simulation thing, so we'll see how it turns out, but interesting nonetheless to keep an eye on how well they compare. My gut tells me it's going to be nothing like that, as I really think both starting pitchers are better than that.

So long for now, feel free to add any questions or comments.

Posted on: March 16, 2010 10:45 pm

Baseball Video Games

Well, I've been playing a lot of games during the offseason, most frequently MLB2K8 for the Xbox 360, since that's the only console I own, and I just recently purchased 2K10.

So I thought I would start up a blog to see if there was anyone else out there that likes talking baseball games, just something to help get ready for the season I suppose.

I think my first baseball game was All-Star Baseball 2000 for the Nintendo 64. I don't remember a lot about it, just that I enjoyed it. After I finally got an Xbox, I grabbed up All-Star Baseball 2004, which I played until the disc was too scratched to play any more. My favorite, that I never even owned, was MVP 05 I believe, it had several "newer" features that I liked, including an interesting home run derby/hitting contest mode that me and my brother played way too much.

I got an Xbox 360 late in 07, and ended up pre ordering MLB 2K8 (came with a Jose Reyes bobblehead), played that for a solid two years, although I used classic controls on it since that was what I was used to (as opposed to the Total Control stuff they make you use in newer games), I still played several seasons of franchise mode with the St. Louis Cardinals of course. I loved constructing teams of varying kinds, I had one franchise with mostly all prospects, and I've had some with all of the greatest players, and of course I had to do some with the actual people we had on the team at the time.

Finally last week I got MLB 2K10 and have been playing that quite a bit. They force you to use the total control style of playing, which is quite interesting to get used to. So far I haven't gotten too far into the game because of a number of known bugs that I've heard about, although they are getting them fixed fairly quick. I've nearly beaten "The Best of the Best" in a head to head home run derby style competition. You don't get to use "The Best", so I've been going through the ranks with Matt Holliday. My favorite part of the game however is the My Player Mode, where you create a player, and control just that player and begin your career in AA ball and play until your major league career is over. It's quite entertaining and a lot different than anything I've ever done before. My character is a starting pitcher, so I only get to play every 5th game, the rest is simulated. Right now I'm still improving my stuff in AAA before I decide I'm ready for the bigs, but it's still very intertaining. I'd have to say it's worth playing for sure if you like baseball games at all, it's got a mode for probably just about any type of fan.
Anyway, this is about the point where I'll wrap it up and hope to hear some feedback, I'm sure there's several out there that find themselves playing hours upon hours playing baseball games, the forum is now open.

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