After a three-week, 29-game regular season, the MLB The Show 20 Players League is down to the Elite Eight, who will battle it out on the joysticks for the championship starting tonight.
The first two of the four best-of-three quarterfinals will be played tonight at 10 p.m. live on FS1. Tomorrow at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, the second two quarterfinals will commence, with the previous two winners from Friday’s action also facing off to see who reaches the Championship Series.
Tomorrow at 8 p.m. back on FS1 the winners from earlier Saturday will play another best-of-three to determine the other Championship Series player. The Championship Series will begin Sunday on ESPN with the time to be announced, and is a best-of-five series.
Let’s take a look at the playoff field for the MLB The Show 20 Players League:
#1 Blake Snell (24-5), Tampa Bay Rays vs. #8 Gavin Lux (19-10), Los Angeles Dodgers
Snell dominated the competition on the way to the top spot after the season. The 2018 Cy Young winner mixes in some Drake and Oasis while playing, and has been fun to watch as he’s dominated the field. Lux needed a loss by Tommy Kahnle of the Yankees last night to make the field.
#2 Joey Gallo (23-6), Texas Rangers vs. #7 Ian Happ (19-10), Chicago Cubs
Gallo hits plenty of bombs in real life and in baseball simulation, but isn’t happy with the photos used to represent him in the game. Happ needed some good fortune last night to qualify, and scored exactly one more run during the regular season than Lux to earn the higher seed as a tiebreaker.
#3 Bo Bichette (21-8), Toronto Blue Jays vs. #6 Lucas Giolito (19-10), Chicago White Sox
Bichette is as known for his hair as his skills on the sticks, and it shows with his outstanding handle “BoFlows” on Twitch. Giolito got the 6-3 win last night over Amir Garrett to make the field, and scored 102 runs during the regular season.
#4 Jeff McNeil (21-8), New York Mets vs. #5 Dwight Smith Jr. (19-10), Baltimore Orioles
The Mets infielder McNeil won plenty, and wasn’t afraid to give himself play-by-play during the games as well. Smith had to go 5-2 over his last seven to make the field, and has been much better in the game than on the field (-0.8 WAR career in MLB).