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Blake Snell and Lucas Giolito to face off in MLB Players League Championship Series

The favorite and an underdog survived a field of 30 to be the last two, and the title will be decided today in a best-of-five on ESPN.

Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday, September 12, 2019 in Chicago, Chicago. Photo by Quinn Harris/MLB Photos via Getty Images

After a 29-game regular season and two rounds of best-of-three playoffs, we’re down to two American League starting pitchers, it will be Blake Snell vs. Lucas Giolito in the MLB Players League Championship Series.

Snell was the No. 1 seed entering the postseason with a record of 24-5. He was dominant throughout the regular season, and after sweeping Gavin Lux in the first round of the playoffs, he needed to battle back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Jeff McNeil to reach the championship.

Giolito was the No. 6 seed, but had to find a win on the last day over Amir Garrett of the Reds to even make the field. From there he needed all three games in both playoff series to overcome No. 3 Bo Bichette and No. 7 Ian Happ.

Both players have survived a true test of simulated baseball to get here, and the banter between the pitchers should be terrific while being shown live today. During today’s broadcast MLB will also be giving out seven awards including Best Player, Best Cameo and Best Reaction for the 451 games contested in the Players Leagues since April 10th.

All playoff series so far have been best-of-three, but the Championship Series is best-of-five. Let’s take a look at all the details for the matchup:

MLB Players League Championship Series

When: 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: ESPN
Format: Best-of-five games

#1 Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays (24-5, 4-1 postseason) vs. #6 Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox (19-10, 4-2 postseason).