How simulation predicts Giants-Dodgers Opening Day would have played out

Alex Didion
NBC Sports BayArea

Clayton Kershaw versus Johnny Cueto.

That was the pitching matchup Giants fans were expecting to see Thursday from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, which would have been Opening Day of the 2020 season.

But with coronavirus putting an indefinite pause on professional sports in the United States, it remains to be seen when Opening Day actually will take place.

Those hoping for a result and a box score to scour through fear not, as the famous sports simulation game Strat-O-Matic simulated the anticipated matchup.

Spoiler alert: It doesn't go very well for Gabe Kapler in his Giants managerial debut, as the Giants lost 10-3.

Cueto struck out seven, but was knocked around for four runs in the fifth inning before he was pulled from the game.

San Francisco did strike first, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in this hypothetical contest. But Kershaw still managed to pick up the win, striking out six Giants in five innings.

Hopefully for the Giants, Kapler's bullpen has a stronger command when the real thing finally comes around, as the team walked 10 Dodgers in the loss.

Mauricio Dubon's much-anticipated center field debut for the Giants also didn't work out ideally, as the 25-year-old committed one of two errors for San Francisco on the day.

[RELATED: Bochy shares best Opening Day memory as Giants manager]

Just to throw salt in the wound, Hunter Pence suffered an injury in the simulation that will sideline him for the next six games.

But by far the most shocking thing from this simulation would be that Buster Posey hits a two-RBI triple, which gave the Giants that short-lived early lead.

Yes, you're reading that right. A triple.

While we are yet to know when the real Opening Day will be played, it probably can't go much worse for the Giants than this simulation.

How simulation predicts Giants-Dodgers Opening Day would have played out originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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