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What MLB 13 The Show Predicts for 2013 D-Backs

I previously touched on Sony's latest MLB game, MLB 13: The Show, talking about some of the cool new features and such, along with how the Diamondbacks were rated in the game. Before I reveal how the Diamondbacks did in a full season in the game, I wanted to go over some things I did not cover in my initial review.

First, the soundtrack of the game. I must say I personally enjoy it a lot, as there is many different and diverse music. There's the classic rock of ZZ Top and the Rolling Stones (I'm loving Doom and Gloom), along with some alternative bands such as the Imagine Dragons (Must say I can't stop listening to Radioactive) and Blink-182, and there's even some hip hop as Big Boi makes an appearance on the soundtrack. Overall, this is the following soundtrack listing:

A Good Fight

"Rips Like A Motor"

Anberlin

"Someone Anyone"

Big Boi ft. Kelly Rowland

"Mama Told Me"

Blink 182

"Heart's All Gone"

Bombay Bicycle Club

"Shuffle"

Dispatch

"Not Messin'"

Fenix TX

"Spooky Action at A Distance"

Imagine Dragons

"Radioactive"

Soundgarden

"Non-State Actor"

The Mowgli's

"Slowly, Slowly"

The Rolling Stones

"Doom and Gloom"

The Royal Concept

"World on Fire"

Youngblood Hawke

"Rootless"

ZZ Top

"I Gotsta Get Paid"

Now to continue on, there's this little weird glitch that bothers me just slightly on Road to the Show. Whenever I'm using this particular wind-up, my pitcher hovers about two to three inches from the right of the pitching mound to the left. It isn't a big problem, but it is slightly annoying.

Anyways, I still give the game an A as it is much entertaining and interactive than the previous games.

There has been many different projections from sites like FanGraphs, ESPN, PECOTA, etc. But let's try a Projection based upon video game numbers and see how well they predict certain stats and standings. It'll sure be fun, and I shall post such results here.

Now to the 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks, and as to how they will perform accordingly to video game numbers. I must clear some dust first before I do post the results.

One, since the recent update just came out yesterday, Marte and Wilson are not in the game yet, so I had to improvise by keeping some random computer generated outfielder on the roster. Second, I sent Eaton, Ross, and Hudson down the minors due to their injuries, but could not send Bloomquist down as he was out of options, hence he was on the roster for April. I did not insert him into the starting line-up until mid may, so his numbers would reflect the average AB's he probably will get in the season. Third, the way I managed the injuries to the above players was that Ross would return around April 10th, Eaton around the second week of May, and Hudson around the All-Star break. Last, I did not play any of the games or attempt to influence the team's performance by making any trades or managing the roster closely (as I would in a regular franchise), so I try to keep the stats for the game as pure as possible.

Alright now let's get to the Diamondacks and their in game prediction!

The following months and the Diamondback records along with some notes are:

April: 14-13, Hill and Miley get day to day injuries, nothing serious. Padres are leading the division by a game.

May: 16-12, Delgado and Corbin both sustain day to day injuries, again nothing serious. Dodgers are leading by two games.

June: 16-10, Diamondbacks draft a Starting Pitcher from high school with their first pick of the draft. They pass the Dodgers to become sole leaders of first on the 28th with a victory over Atlanta.

July: 12-15, Diamondbacks send Putz, Prado, and Hill to the All Star game, Pennington gets hurt, and Miley breaks his hand, with Delgado taking his spot. Dodgers take over first place for a short time. Cahill pulls his groin, Hudson comes up and takes up his roster spot. Montero fractures his hand, and is replaced by Barajas (still available as a FA). Phillies propose a trade for Ross, for a minor league right fielder with high potential and Dominic Brown. Diamondbacks are leading the Giants by 2 games.

August: 12-13, Cahill comes back, Delgado optioned back to Reno. Daniel Hudson sustains a head fracture and is out for the year, Delgado recalled. Montero is reinstated from the DL, and Nieves is DFA'ed. Padres take the lead by half a game. Every team in the NL West is within five games of each other.

September/October: 15-13, Miley comes back, and Delgado goes back down to Reno. Diamondbacks win division by one game.

So your overall standings per MLB 13 the Show???

2013 National League West Standings

Team

W

L

GB

Runs Scored

Runs Allowed

Diamondbacks

86

76

0

729

636

Giants

85

77

1

678

671

Dodgers

84

78

2

701

632

Padres

83

79

3

631

623

Rockies

80

82

6

749

749

The pitching side?

2013 Diamondbacks Pitching Staff

Pitcher

W

L

SV

K

BB

IP

ERA

Kennedy

14

5

0

165

78

221

2.73

Cahill

9

11

0

98

56

172.1

3.97

McCarthy

15

9

0

114

50

210.2

3.12

Miley

7

6

0

96

34

156.1

3.68

Corbin

10

9

0

130

42

188

3.83

Collmenter

3

3

0

29

19

53.1

3.54

Reynolds

4

2

0

56

18

70

3.73

Sipp

4

3

0

66

29

64.2

3.62

Ziegler

8

10

0

50

37

66.1

4.92

Bell

6

5

0

57

25

53

4.42

Hernandez

3

5

1

67

18

65

3.88

Putz

0

5

49

43

16

48.2

2.03

Delgado

0

0

0

6

6

12.1

5.11

Hudson

2

3

0

21

11

42.1

4.04

The bullpen is pretty similar as to last years with the exception of Ziegler just falling off. The good news is that Kennedy seems to be returning back to his 2011 form with another Ace like season, McCarthy stays healthy still, Cahill is similar, Miley regresses, and Corbin is pretty a decent number five. But there will be injuries though. At least, according to the game.

Now onto the offensive side:

Name

AVG

HR

RBI

OBP

SLG

SB

Eaton

0.240

4

28

0.330

0.354

24

Prado

0.303

17

97

0.364

0.471

13

Hill

0.238

21

88

0.293

0.385

19

Montero

0.290

13

54

0.373

0.425

0

Goldschmidt

0.282

26

88

0.360

0.468

12

Kubel

0.264

25

83

0.364

0.449

1

Ross

0.232

23

70

0.313

0.431

6

Pennington

0.282

9

52

0.356

0.406

20

Parra

0.267

8

29

0.326

0.401

15

Hinske

0.253

7

25

0.324

0.414

0

Nieves

0.184

1

9

0.223

0.233

0

Chavez

0.237

8

24

0.346

0.390

0

Bloomquist

0.314

3

30

0.345

0.443

11

Barajas

0.245

3

9

0.280

0.333

0

Pollock

0.286

1

7



3

Eaton and Hill drop off much more than to be expected, with Prado staying consistently solid, and Pennington doing much more than expected.


The BOLD predictions of the Show:

  • Red Sox win the AL East with a 103 win season
  • Blue Jays win 95 and claim the second Wild Card
  • Yankees finish a disappointing 76-86 season
  • Tigers win the Central with an 86-76 record
  • Texas wins the AL West with 97 wins
  • Angels claim the first wild card with an identical 97 wins
  • Nationals win the East with a 104 win season
  • Braves finish 21 games behind, with a 83-79 record
  • Cubs win the NL Central six games ahead of the Cardinals with an 84-78 record
  • Dodgers and Giants both get In the playoffs as wildcards
  • Dodgers trade for Aramis Ramirez
  • Giants trade for Utley
  • Kershaw fails to win 10 games as he only throws 168 Innings
  • Pomeranz is the Rockies most efficient Starter
  • CarGo hits 30 Homers, and Tulo hits 28
  • No Dodgers player hits 30, or drives in 100
  • Richard will go 16-7, with a 2.48 ERA
  • Lincecum wins 13 games while spotting a 4.53 ERA
  • Greinke leads the NL with 17 Wins
  • Best ERA in the NL? Ross Detwiler with 2.46 ERA
  • The Rockies have a better bullpen ERA than the Dodgers
  • Diamondbacks finish 13th in Home Runs with 170
  • Prado wins a silver slugger
  • Prado ranked 7th in average, 5th in hits (182), and 1st in Doubles (46)
  • Who leads the NL in RBI's? LaRoche with 114
  • Chris Johnson in the top ten in batting average and hits with .295 and 169
  • Chris Young hits .211 and has 11 Home Runs with 38 RBI's
  • Justin Upton hits .290 with 27 Home Runs and 86 RBI's
  • How about Drew? .276 with 8 Home Runs 40 RBI's
  • NL MVP? Holliday
  • NL CY Young? Haren
  • AL MVP? Darvish
  • AL CY Young? Darvish

So what can we assume from this video game data? While, I must say that using video game numbers is pretty much not the best way to predict a team, but it looks like there's a possible chance to make it to the play-offs. 86 seems to be the number that many have predicted for the Diamondbacks to win, and the game seems to back that up. Injuries and underperformances certainly hindered the Dodgers and Giants in this game, while the Diamondbacks had their fair share of both.As the video game shows though, if Kennedy returns to similar form as of 2011, and our offense and bullpen show up, the Diamondbacks have a fighting chance.

Thanks everyone for the read, I hope you enjoyed this article, and again I apologize for the little analysis on the Diamondbacks side, but I figured you guys can make intelligent arguments involving the Diamondbacks and how well they are viewed in others in the comments section. Thank you again.

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