Strat-O-Matic Baseball Simulation: Trout, Freeman, Morton, Scherzer Earn June Awards

Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Los Angeles (N.L.) Open Up Largest Division Leads At Midway Point Of 2020 Baseball Season Simulation; Houston, Washington, Milwaukee Also Top Divisions; Scherzer Moves To 11-3, 2.50 With 5-1, 1.89 June;
GLEN HEAD, N.Y. - July 1, 2020 - PRLog -- As Strat-O-Matic's simulation of the 2020 baseball season moves past the halfway point and with the All-Star Game less than two weeks away, award winners for June were announced today. Mike Trout of Los Angeles and Freddie Freeman of Atlanta were selected as A.L. and N.L. Players of the Month, respectively, while Charlie Morton of Tampa Bay and Max Scherzer of Washington earned League Pitcher of the Month honors.

Tampa Bay (53-34, 9.5 game lead over New York), Cleveland (54-32, nine games ahead of MInnesota), Houston (MLB-best 56-28, six games ahead of Oakland), Washington (51-35, six games better than Atlanta) and Los Angeles (57-29, 8.5 lengths past San Diego) remain atop their respective divisions, while Milwaukee (45-39) moved into the N.L. Central lead with a 14-11 month, percentage points ahead of Chicago (46-40), a game ahead of St. Louis and four better than Cincinnati in the tightest division race to date. Strat-O-Matic updates results and standings daily at

Trout earned the A.L. honors by hitting .327 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI in the month, while posting a 1.136 OPS. Freeman was even better, slashing .378/.461/.724 for a 1.185 OPS in June. Morton won all four of his decisions, pitching to a 1.06 ERA and 0.82 WHIP, fanning 36 across 34 innings, while Scherzer went 5-1, 1.89 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, whiffing 53 in 38 innings.

The wild card races are very tight in both leagues, with Oakland (51-35) in first place in the A.L., Minnesota (45-41) one game up on KC (44-42) for the second spot, two ahead of NY (43-43), 2.5 up on Los Angeles (42-43) and three ahead of Boston (42-44). Senior Circuit: SD (48-37) sets the pace, with Milwaukee (45-39) and Chicago (46-40) tied for second.

Some of the individual league leaders through June 30 include:

• Shogo Akiyama, Cincinnati, N.L. batting (.349);
• Nick Madrigal, Chicago, A.L. batting (.342)
• Trevor Story, Colorado, N.L. home runs (31); runs (75)
• Jorge Soler, KC, A.L. home runs (31); RBI (91)
• Keston Hiura, Milwaukee, N.L. RBI (73)
• Mike Trout, L.A., A.L. runs (77)
• Clayton Kershaw, L.A., N.L. victories (12); ERA (2.25)
• Danny Duffy, Kansas City, A.L. victories (10)
• Gerrit Cole, New York, A.L. victories (10); strikeouts (158)
• Blake Snell, Tampa Bay, A.L. ERA (2.18)
• Jacob deGrom, NY, N.L. strikeouts (153)

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