As a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I was given the opportunity to test out this year’s version of Out of the Park Baseball for both the computer and iPad/iPhone. If you are into baseball sims or just looking for something to do this season baseball related, Out of the Park is easily the best sim out there. It provides you with every player on the 40-man roster along with all the players throughout the Minor League system, making it perfect for doing multi-seasons.
You get full functionality of all Minor League and Major League rosters and finances of the ball club. I don’t recommend much on this blog, but if there is anything I would recommend, it is this game. Very detailed, and very in depth. Perfect for either the casual fan or die-hard baseball nerd.
I decided to simulate a season with the iPad app to see how the Pirates would fare throughout an entire season. I turned trades and injuries off and allowed the computer to set take care of the transactions, lineups, and in game decisions for the sake of continuity, and time.
So, how did the Pirates do?
For the season, the Bucs finished 78-84, good for 4th place in the NL Central. St. Louis ran away with the division with a whopping 106 wins.
Here are the offensive statistics for the players who finished the season on the ML roster. Note Garrett Jones is not included.
Looking over things, you will see that Michael McKenry eventually took over as the team’s starting catcher and put up a pretty solid line. Neil Walker easily had the best year of anyone with an .839 OPS and 24 homers. Yamaico Navarro eventually took the shortstop job over Clint Barmes or Josh Harrison. He was less than stellar over 151 games played. Andrew McCutchen had a somewhat disappointing year with a .796 OPS and 23 homers. Pedro Alvarez wasn’t awful and hit 17 homers while Casey McGehee could barely get into a game. Starling Marte ended up getting an end of season promotion and held his own over 27 games.
As I mentioned before, Jones is not listed as he was sent down to the Minors after playing almost the entire season at first base. He hit .274/.333/.485, so I’m not sure why he was sent down. Maybe it was an attitude issue or something. Who knows.
Next up, the pitchers:
Joel Hanrahan and Juan Cruz were stellar as they obviously anchored the bullpen. The starting rotation, however left much to be desired. Erik Bedard definitely had the best season with a 4.05 ERA and 209 K’s in 204 1/3 innings. I also think we would all be pretty disappointed with a 5.35 ERA out of A.J. Burnett. The big surprise here is Doug Slaten eventually took over a bullpen spot and was pretty awful in doing so, which I guess that isn’t a surprise.
The highlight of the season? Definitely this.
That would be awesome.
Also, it is pretty cool that throughout the season, players will come to you with their “feelings” about their role on the team. Rod Barajas and Clint Barmes both asked to be traded about 5 times. But Bedard seemed to really like Pittsburgh.
Also, to be fitting of the times and tension between the Steel City and the City of Brotherly Love, this happened:
That’s about it for now. As I mentioned before, if you are a baseball fan and own a computer, iPhone, or iPad, I definitely recommend this game. The game can be downloaded on your Apple devices through the App Store and can be downloaded for your computer here.