Who’s your pick to reach the 2014 World Series?
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox? Perhaps the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers. Maybe the New York Yankees vs. the Atlanta Braves.
Neither of those match ups would make baseball fans bat an eye, but we thought it would be cool to imagine what the most improbable World Series might look like. With MLB 14: The Show dropping today for PlayStation 3, we simulated something that would best be described as a sick baseball fantasy.
With MLB 14 The Show dropping today for PlayStation 3, we simulated something that would best be described as a sick baseball fantasy. Or, the greatest April Fool's Day prank ever played. A World Series featuring the Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros.
Or, the greatest April Fool's Day prank ever played.
A World Series featuring the Miami Marlins and the Houston Astros.
Together, the two teams combined for 211 losses in 2013. The hapless Astros lost their last 10 games and four of their last 20.
The Marlins weren’t much better, but they did at least have a winning record in their last 10 ball games. Nonetheless, they sucked royally in 2013 too. That’s why this simulation is so fun—or demented.
Without further ado, let’s look at what happened in this series of diamond futility.
In Game 1, the Marlins put their ace Jose Fernandez on the mound. He’s one of the only legitimate players on either team. Dude is just 21 years old, but he was lights out in 2013. He won 12 games and struck out 187 batters in 172.2 innings. For those that don’t know, that’s pretty good.
In Game 1 of the simulation, Fernandez was every bit as good virtually as he was in real life last season.
Marlins Lead Series 1-0
In Game 2, the Astros were intent upon not embarrassing themselves nearly as much as they did last year.
Houston jumped out to a quick start behind this grand slam off the bat of Robbie Grossman. The big blow gave Houston a 5-0 lead in the very first inning.
The Houston bullpen would hold…sort of. It gave up two runs in the ninth, but still won 11-8. Grossman was a beast with six RBI in that game.
Series Tied at 1-1
The series shifted to Miami for Game 3. The home team wasted no time getting after the visitors. The man whose name sounds like an Italian seasoning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia got this RBI single to give Miami a 1-0 lead.
In the seventh inning with the Marlins leading 3-1, the Italian Seasoning wasn’t done. He had another RBI single to run the lead to 4-1 in favor of the Marlins.