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Blake Snell, Jeff McNeil advance to today’s semifinals of MLB Players League

The Rays pitcher and the Mets infielder are the first two players to make the final four of the MLB The Show 20 tournament

Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets in action against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park at on March 11, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The first two quarterfinals of the MLB The Show 20 Players League are complete, and we’ll find the other pair of semifinalists today as well on the way to having a champion crowned on Sunday, May 3rd.

Today’s Quarterfinals C & D will be broadcast on both ESPN2, and will be immediately followed by semifinal B which will conclude one half of the bracket. Then yesterday’s winners, the Tampa Bay Rays Blake Snell and the New York Mets Jeff McNeil, will face off on FS1 tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET to determine who advances to the best-of-five championship series.

Also we now have a time for the best-of-five championship series, which will be on Sunday at 2:30pm ET on ESPN.

MLB Players League Quarterfinals A & B

#1 Blake Snell (24-5), Tampa Bay Rays defeats #8 Gavin Lux (19-10), Los Angeles Dodgers two games to zero.

Blake Snell knocked off Gavin Lux 3-2 and 5-4 to advance to the semifinals, and did so on the strength of Snell’s best hitter Austin Meadows yet again. In a pair of one-run victories, 3-2 and 5-4, the Rays starter and the 2018 AL Cy Young winner advanced to the semifinals to be played Saturday, May 2nd.

#4 Jeff McNeil (21-8), New York Mets defeats #5 Dwight Smith Jr. (19-10), Baltimore Orioles two games to zero.

Jeff McNeil made quick work of Dwight Smith Jr. with a 3-2 and 3-1 wins for the sweep and to advance to the next round against Snell.

MLB Players League Quarterfinals C & D

When: Saturday, May 2nd, 3:00 p.m. ET
Where: ESPN2

#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.

MLB Players League Semifinal B

When: Saturday, May 2nd, 3:00 p.m. ET
Where: ESPN2

Players TBA

MLB Players League Semifinal A

When: Saturday, May 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: FS1

#1 Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays vs. #4 Jeff McNeil, New York Mets

MLB Players League Championship Series

When: Sunday, May 3rd, 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: ESPN