MLB Games: Simulating opening weekend for the NL

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Joc Pederson, with two simulated home runs for the Dodgers on opening weekend. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Joc Pederson, with two simulated home runs for the Dodgers on opening weekend. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Simulating MLB Games

NL West

The defending NL champion Dodgers hosted San Francisco for four MLB games and came away with three wins. In the opener, Mauricio Dubon’s seventh-inning grand slam momentarily gave the visitors 5-4 lead. But Matt Beaty’s run-producing pinch-hit double keyed an inning rally that brought LA a 7-6 win.

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The Giants got even Friday, rallying for three ninth-inning runs on Brandon Crawford’s double and Billy Hamilton’s two-RBI triple. That produced a 4-2 Giants victory.

The Giants led 4-2 Saturday until the Dodgers opened up for seven runs against Tyson Ross and Tony Watson. Joc Pederson and Mookie Betts both homered in that big inning as LA won 9-5. On Sunday, the Dodgers made it 3-of-4 thanks to a four-run first inning off Giants starter Kevin Gausman. This time home runs by Pederson and Cody Bellinger produced the damage.

The Padres hosted Colorado for four opening weekend games and swept all four. Fernando Tatis was the offensive star in the opener with a double and a home run good for three RBIs. In the second game, Dinelson Lamet and closer Kirby Yates combined to shut out Colorado 1-0 on just three hits.

San Diego survived a four-run Colorado ninth-inning rally to hang on 8-7 on Saturday. The Padres completed the sweep with a 5-3 decision Sunday thanks to another Tatis outburst. This time he homered twice during a three-hit day.

Arizona hosted an inter-division series against the Atlanta Braves and took three of the four games. The Diamondbacks pounded out 12 hits in an 11-5 season-opening win, lost 3-2 on Friday, then swept the weekend 11-2 and 2-1.

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The Marte boys carried the series, driving in a combined six runs. Newly acquired outfielder Starling Marte had seven hits and Ketel Marte added six more.