FAGAN: Hype around Phillies about more than Harper”OOTP” sees Harper putting up a batting line close to .257 with 33 home runs and 96 RBIs. That’s nearly identical to his production for the Nationals last season.It will certainly be a challenge for Washington to come out of the NL against quality division opponents and the likes of the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, and then prevailing over the Astros, Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees — all teams currently perceived as having a better chance to win the World Series.”OOTP” definitely made an interesting call with the Nats rather settling on a safer choice. There will be no doubting the prediction ability of the video game series should it come to pass. AL predicted win totalsBoston Red Sox: 100Houston Astros: 98New York Yankees: 93Cleveland Indians: 93Tampa Bay Rays: 86Minnesota Twins: 82Los Angeles Angels: 82Toronto Blue Jays: 79Oakland Athletics: 76Seattle Mariners: 76Kansas City Royals: 74Texas Rangers: 74Detroit Tigers: 69Chicago White Sox: 64Baltimore Orioles: 58 “Out of the Park Baseball XX” is available now for PC and can be purchased through Steam or downloaded directly through the developer’s web store.Bryan Wiedey posts sports gaming news and analysis daily at Pastapadre.com, hosts the Press Row Podcast and can be reached on Twitter @Pastapadre. OOTP Developments https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c6/18/out-of-the-park-baseball-xx-al-playoffs_wim2891gix471f9nwzm7lmkom.jpg?t=-904241807&w=500&quality=80 NL predicted win totalsWashington Nationals: 96Los Angeles Dodgers: 95Atlanta Braves: 89New York Mets: 89St. Louis Cardinals: 87Chicago Cubs: 85Philadelphia Phillies: 84Milwaukee Brewers: 83Arizona Diamondbacks: 81Colorado Rockies: 80Cincinnati Reds: 79San Diego Padres: 78Pittsburgh Pirates: 76San Francisco Giants: 71Miami Marlins: 56 OOTP Developments https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/81/c3/out-of-the-park-baseball-xx-nl-playoffs_1c203ffzcszkb1he7lw83pt5fg.jpg?t=-904216383&w=500&quality=80 The “Out of the Park” video game series has long been recognized for its award-winning simulation engine. It has an impressive track record with short- and long-term prognostications. In the past two years alone, the game has correctly called the World Series participants and eventual winners.With the 20th entry in the franchise just released, the team behind the game unveiled its official predictions for the 2019 MLB season; they include a team that lost a prominent free agent overcoming the odds to win the World Series.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNOne of the biggest stories of the offseason was where Bryce Harper would sign as a free agent. Rather than return to the Washington Nationals, he chose to join the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies on a $13-year, $330 contract. That one transaction could shift the fates for both teams this season, but “Out of the Park Baseball XX” believes Washington will not just overcome the loss of Harper but thrive without him and capture the franchise’s first World Series crown, beating the Houston Astros.”OOTP’s” predictions are based on more than 1,000 season simulations.Many observers are looking forward to a battle between the Nats and the Harper-led Phillies for the NL East title, but “Out of the Park Baseball” doesn’t see the Phillies even making the postseason. The game predicts the team will finish fourth in the five-team division.
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay slightly picked up speed and strength as it moved closer to land Friday, and forecasters decreased projections for rain totals and flooding.Fay was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain, with the possibility of flash flooding in parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory. That’s down from earlier forecasts of about 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) of rain.The storm picked up speed Friday morning, moving north around 10 mph (17 kph) and producing top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph), forecasters said. Earlier observations showed it moving at 8 mph (13 kph) with top sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).A tropical storm warning remained in effect from Cape May, New Jersey, to Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The warning area includes Long Island and the Long Island Sound in New York, forecasters said.Fay is the earliest sixth-named storm on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Franklin on July 22, 2005, Klotzbach tweeted.Two named storms formed before the official June 1 start of the hurricane season. None of this season’s previous five named storms strengthened into hurricanes.