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What is a simulated game (pitchers)?

Postby The Jury » Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:02 pm

Pitchers sometimes pitch simulated games - can anyone tell me exactly what they are? Thanks
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Postby AcidRock23 » Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:04 pm

I think they throw as if they were in a game, varying pitches, trying to move locations, probably scripted towards a 'IRL' lineup.
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Postby The Jury » Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:07 pm

AcidRock23 wrote:I think they throw as if they were in a game, varying pitches, trying to move locations, probably scripted towards a 'IRL' lineup.


IRL = in real life?

Is it just pitcher-catcher? Or are there fielders and runners on base? Or just a batter in the box?
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Postby Tavish » Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:29 pm

The Jury wrote:
AcidRock23 wrote:I think they throw as if they were in a game, varying pitches, trying to move locations, probably scripted towards a 'IRL' lineup.


IRL = in real life?

Is it just pitcher-catcher? Or are there fielders and runners on base? Or just a batter in the box?


Its usually just the pitcher/catcher/and three or four batters. Its sort of like the old backyard kickball game where if you dont have enough people you use a "ghost" runner. When the batter hits the ball, the bullpen coach (or who ever is running the simulated game) determines what the hit would be and where the ghost runners are.
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Postby The Loveable Losers » Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:59 pm

Pitcher Mark Prior of the Chicago Cubs threw a "simulated game" on Tuesday, his second since he injured his elbow last month. His teammate Kerry Wood is also working to recover from a recent injury; Prior has joked that he and Wood are now fine candidates for the "Simulated Hall of Fame." What's a "simulated game"?

It's an informal scrimmage that allows an injured pitcher to test his arm. Simulated games take place at the stadium, with two or three hitters taking turns in live at-bats against a pair of pitchers. (It may happen that both pitchers are recovering from injuries, but most of the time a healthy teammate or coach is recruited for the exercise.) There are rarely any players out in the field, and there's no umpire behind home plate. Either the bullpen catcher or the pitching coach will call balls and strikes and determine what "happens" when one of the hitters puts the ball in play. If it's a hard line drive, they might say it's a "hit"; a weak grounder would be deemed an "out."

When Prior gave up a hit in one of his simulated starts, he had to pitch to the next hitter as if there were someone on base—from the stretch, perhaps. He'd continue to face the same few batters until three "outs" were recorded. At the end of a simulated half-inning, Prior would head to the dugout and wait until the other pitcher recorded three outs.

Simulated games rarely last for more than three or four innings. Sometimes stats are kept on the simulated runs and hits, but the more important figure is how many pitches were thrown. An injured player who makes a good showing in a simulated game and demonstrates that his arm has recovered might then be sent to the minor leagues for a tuneup start, or he might return to the team right away.

Some pitching coaches and trainers use recorded stadium sounds to make the simulated games more realistic. For a recent simulated start, Cleveland's Kevin Millwood faced fellow Indians in the replica jerseys of an opposing team—the hitters even imitated the batting stances of the players whose names they wore.

In general, players will swing away during simulated at-bats, but in Prior's game on Tuesday, the designated hitters were asked to test his fielding with a few bunts. Hitters tend not to take these plate appearances too seriously, but in one documented case, an infielder with the Cleveland Indians threw his helmet onto the field in frustration—after getting called out on simulated strikes. The "umpire" who called him out was the team's head groundskeeper.


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Postby The Jury » Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:04 am

Excellent, thanks ;-D
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Postby redjake » Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:46 am

Excellent at the least.

What a great place this is...

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Postby The Loveable Losers » Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:50 am

Just to add to my post...as a Cubs fan I definitely have to agree that Prior and Wood belong in the Simulated Hall of Fame. !+) They spend more time each year throwing simulated games than they do actually pitching to big league hitters on the opposing teams. :(
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Postby AcidRock23 » Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:51 am

Great article!! I had no idea that it was so intricate. I figured they'd just pitch off a chart from the last time they faced [insert heated divisional rivals]! Thanks!!
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Postby tgalv » Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:12 pm

The Loveable Losers wrote:Just to add to my post...as a Cubs fan I definitely have to agree that Prior and Wood belong in the Simulated Hall of Fame. !+) They spend more time each year throwing simulated games than they do actually pitching to big league hitters on the opposing teams. :(


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