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Thursday, March 10, 2011
'MLB 11 The Show' simulates the season


MLB 11: The Show
Look for the Red Sox to have a monster season if "MLB 11 The Show's" simulation is any indication.

Last season, the Giants got hot at the right time, overtaking Adrian Gonzalez and the Padres in the National League West to sneak into the postseason, then rode the magic of every beard, outcast, and freak on their roster to rage their way to a World Series win.

This year, the beards are back, but Adrian Gonzalez has taken his talents to Boston where, according to the season simulation I performed utilizing the artificial intelligence of the new video game, "MLB 11 The Show," he leads the Red Sox to an unbelievable 109 win season and a showdown against the defending champs in October.

But before we get to the World Series, here's a look at how the statistical leaders and award winners from each division shook out during the sim:

"MLB 11: The Show" -- Statistical Leaders
Stat/Award National League American League
Batting Average Albert Pujols (.329) Joe Mauer (.354)
Hits Prince Fielder (198) Adrian Gonzalez (208)
Doubles Matt Kemp (52) Jacoby Ellsbury (56)
Triples Matt Kemp (9) Carl Crawford (14)
Home Runs Prince Fielder (50) Mark Teixeira (49)
RBI Prince Fielder (140) Andrian Gonzalez (160)
Runs Hanley Ramirez (112) Andrian Gonzalez (133)
Stolen Bases Michael Bourn (68) Jacoby Ellsbury (65)
Slugging Percentage Albert Pujols (.618) David Ortiz (.676)
OPS Albert Pujols (1.024) David Ortiz (1.096)
Wins Zach Greinke (19) John Lackey (20)
Saves Heath Bell (52) Kevin Gregg (47)
ERA Roy Halladay (2.51) CJ Wilson (3.15)
Strikeouts Tim Lincecum (231) John Lester (221)
Complete Games Zach Greinke (6) Felix Hernandez (7)
WHIP Cliff Lee (1.18) Felix Hernandez (1.24)

Award Winners
Award National League American League
MVP Prince Fielder Adrian Gonzalez
Cy Young Zach Greinke John Lackey
Sliver Slugger Albert Pujols Joe Mauer
Rolaids Relief Huston Street Kevin Gregg

As for the standings, here's a quick look at the results:

Standings
Place AL East AL Central AL West NL East NL Central NL West
1 Boston Cleveland Seattle Philadelphia St. Louis San Francisco
2 NY Yankees Minnesota Oakland NY Mets Chi. Cubs Colorado
3 Baltimore Chi. White Sox Texas Atlanta Milwaukee LA Dodgers
4 Tampa Bay Detroit LA Angels Washington Cincinnati San Diego
5 Toronto Kansas City ---- Florida Houston Arizona
6 ---- ---- ---- ---- Pittsburgh ----

MLB 11: The Show
Carl Crawford plays a major role in Boston's match-up against the Giants.

When it comes to the World Series, Adrian Gonzalez played the role of hero (and MVP), blasting four home runs in five games to help lead Boston to the 4-1 series win. Jacoby Ellsbury also played huge for the Sox, pounding four doubles and stealing six bases against San Francisco, setting the table for the big bats following him in the lineup. Carl Crawford added three triples and six RBI as Boston had no problem pounding the ball against the Giants celebrated pitching staff. Looks like it's finally time to shave those beards.