Losing four of seven games, the Minnesota Twins saw their hold on the American League West slip slightly last week in The Globe’s 1991 fantasy baseball season. But they still reside comfortably atop the standings with a 54-23 record.
The Chicago White Sox are in second place at 45-29, and Texas is close behind at 42-29.
In the AL East, Boston at 46-28, Milwaukee at 41-33 and Detroit at 40-35 are the leaders.
The L.A. Dodgers continue to lead in the National League West with a 46-28 record, while Cincinnati is second at 39-35. In the NL East, it’s Pittsburgh at 50-23 and St. Louis at 48-27.
With no real major league baseball to follow due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are using OOTP-20, a comprehensive baseball simulation strategy game, to replay 1991. It was a year that, in real life, saw the Minnesotans win the West by eight games and go on to beat the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
We wanted to see if the Twins could do it again.
The Twins continue to hit well, leading the American League with a .287 batting average. They are also pitching well, holding a 3.54 team earned run average to place fourth in the league.
The hitting has indeed been impressive. Kent Hrbek is batting .356, Kirby Puckett is hitting .347, Brian Harper is at .333, Chuck Knoblauch .328 and Mike Pagliarulo .325. Chili Davis is hitting .297 with a team-high 20 home runs and 64 RBI.
Scott Erickson is 8-2 on the pitcher’s mound with a 3.21 ERA, and Jack Morris is 11-5 with a 3.13 ERA. Morris leads the league with his 11 wins. Rick Aguilera is tied for the league lead with 17 saves.
Some familiar league names are also atop the leader boards. Boston’s Wade Boggs leads in batting with a .366 average. Paul Molitor of Milwaukee leads with 60 runs scored. Danny Tartabull of Kansas City leads in homers with 23, and in RBI with 66. Tim Raines of the White Sox and Devon White of Toronto are tied for the lead in stolen bases with 28.
In pitching, Mike Moore of Oakland has a league-best 2.13 ERA. And Nolan Ryan of Texas (who else?) has a league-leading 122 strikeouts.