July 28, 2021

MLB the Show simulation: Tigers’ Daniel Norris cruises to win vs. Rays (Bless You Boys)

Like many of our friends throughout the SB Nation network, we are simulating the 2020 MLB season with MLB The Show 20. While we are unable to stream the games as they would otherwise be happening, we will try to get ahead of the curve and post about the games on the same day they would have taken place. Or, you know, at least get them back on schedule. Now, onto the recap!

The simulated Detroit Tigers earned a series split with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, scraping together just enough offense to support Daniel Norris in a 3-2 win at Comerica Park. Norris held the Rays to two runs in seven innings to earn his sixth win of the year.

The Tigers struck first in this one, starting off what would be a short afternoon for Rays starter Charlie Morton. Harold Castro kicked off a first inning rally with a nine-pitch walk, and C.J. Cron followed with a single. Cameron Maybin turned on a cutter and sent it down the left field line to score Castro, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. While Detroit wouldn’t add any more runs in the inning, they forced Morton to throw 27 pitches, a consistent theme for the afternoon.

The Rays tied…

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