Chicago Cubs: With no sports, outlets are turning to MLB The Show

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The Chicago Cubs, alongside all of baseball, did not get to experience an opening day, but that hasn’t stopped various media outlets from covering games.

Baseball season should be underway, and the Chicago Cubs should be playing in Wrigley Field right now with Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, Pat Hughes, and Ron Coomer on the call. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 epidemic has left Major League Baseball, along with the rest of the United States, with no choice but to hunker down and wait out the pandemic.

Fortunately for baseball outlets, there is a new baseball video game out and the timing couldn’t have been better. With a lack of baseball to cover, outlets are looking to MLB The Show 20 to simulate games to cover. Naturally, because Javier Baez is the cover boy for the game, Cubs outlets are making use of the game to simulate the season.

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic began in earnest, outlets were already predicting how the team would perform based off of the game’s franchise mode. ESPN ran one such franchise run to predict not just the 2020 season, but the next decade. In that prediction, the Cubs went insane and won 3 championships, Jon Lester won a Cy Young, and the team landed the likes of Marcell Ozuna, Shohei Ohtani, and Whit Merrifield.

Still, that’s not the same as going game-by-game and breaking each one down as they go as if the season never got postponed. Bleed Cubbie Blue, Cubs Insider, and even Marquee Sports Network have taken to simulating and covering games for the entertainment of fans. Let’s take a look at how the 2020 season is going, according to them.