Blake Snell Holds 1st Place After Wins in Saturday's MLB The Show Players League

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 26, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a Grapefruit League spring training game against the Minnesota Twins at Charlotte Sports Park on February 26, 2020 in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Twins defeated the Rays 10-8. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Rays left-handed starting pitcher Blake Snell suffered a rare defeat Saturday but maintained his hold on first place after going 2-1 to move to 21-4 overall, a full game better than the Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo at 19-4.

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto pulled off the upset over Snell, who has already clinched a top-eight spot in the 30-team standings for a playoff berth.

The rest of the scores can be found below:


Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox

vs. Carpenter (STL) 2-0 Win

vs. Santana (CLE) 5-1 Win


Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres

vs. Soto (WAS) 4-0 Loss

vs. Buttrey (LAA) 8-0 Win

vs. Dahl (COL) 1-0 Loss

vs. Happ (CHI) 1-0 Loss


Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays

vs. Dahl (COL) 13-0 Win

vs. Soto (WAS) 2-0 Loss

vs. Buttrey (LAA) 6-0 Win


Ty Buttrey, Los Angeles Angels

vs. Tucker (PIT) 2-0 Loss

vs. Tatis Jr. (SD) 8-0 Loss

vs. Carpenter (STL) 3-1 Win

vs. Giolito (CWS) 1-0 Win

vs. Pence (SF) 1-0 Loss

vs. Snell (TB) 6-0 Loss


Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

vs. Santana (CLE) 5-2 Win

vs. Giolito (CWS) 2-0 Loss

vs. Buttrey (LAA) 3-1 Loss

vs. Garrett (CIN) 2-1 Loss

vs. Soto (WAS) 1-0 Loss


David Dahl, Colorado Rockies

vs. Goodrum (DET), 1-0 Loss

vs. Snell (TB) 13-0 Loss

vs. Tatis Jr. (SD) 1-0 Win

vs. Santana (CLE) 7-4 Loss


Niko Goodrum, Detroit Tigers

vs. Dahl (COL) 1-0 Win

vs. Happ (CHI) 2-0 Loss

vs. Lux (LAD) 2-1 Loss


Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs

vs. Lux (LAD) 3-1 Win

vs. Goodrum (DET) 2-0 Win

vs. Tatis Jr. (SD) 1-0 Win

vs. Santana (CLE) 2-0 Win


Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers

vs. Happ (CHI) 3-1 Loss

vs. Tucker (PIT) 3-2 Win

vs. Goodrum (DET) 2-1 Win


Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

vs. Santana (CLE) 3-1 Loss

vs. Soto (WAS) 2-1 Win

vs. Buttrey (LAA) 1-0 Win


Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

vs. Carpenter (STL) 5-2 Loss

vs. Pence (SF) 3-1 Win

vs. Giolito (CWS) 5-1 Win

vs. Happ (CHC) 2-0 Win

vs. Dahl (COL) 7-4 Win


Juan Soto, Washington Nationals

vs. Tatis Jr. (SD) 4-0 Win

vs. Snell (TB) 2-0 Win

vs. Pence (SF) 2-1 Loss

vs. Carpenter (STL) 1-0 Win


Cole Tucker, Pittsburgh Pirates

vs. Buttrey (LAA) 2-0 Win

vs. Lux (LAD) 3-2 Loss


Soto went 3-1 himself to move to 14-12 overall, but he's likely too far behind to make the playoffs.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Amir Garrett and San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. are tied for the eighth seed at a 17-10 record in this 29-game season, and six teams sit between that duo and Soto on the ledger.

Elsewhere, Chicago White Sox right-handed starter Lucas Giolito kept his playoff hopes alive after a 2-0 night to improve to 16-9 and move to seventh in the standings.

Back-to-back home runs against the Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana in a 5-1 win helped the cause, and that elicited some praise from White Sox play-by-play man Jason Benetti:

Céspedes Family BBQ @CespedesBBQ

back-to-back-to-back dingers for @LGio27 and @jasonbenetti is loving it https://t.co/hMKrcY5LgV https://t.co/yt5h4dbwaW

He has next to no breathing room, however, with the Garrett-Tatis combo mere percentage points behind.

Giolito was helped by a rough outing from Tatis, however, as the future superstar went 1-3 on the night to fall onto the playoff border.

Tatis didn't get any help from his real-life partner on the left side of the diamond in third baseman Manny Machado, who botched this play in a game against Soto:

Céspedes Family BBQ @CespedesBBQ

Juan Soto just beat Fernando Tatis Jr. to move to 11-9 key moment was Manny Machado not making this play with two outs -- much to Soto's surprise -- allowing the inning to continue "if Manny is missing a ball, that's a good sign!" https://t.co/RRi1596s2Z https://t.co/14FMR3fpOC

Still, Tatis made his one win count, hitting a home run as his virtual self and making a diving catch in left field to seal a 6-0 no-hitter versus Ty Buttrey and the Los Angeles Angels:

MLB Gaming @MLBGaming

The HR as himself, the catch to save the no-hitter and the final out. @tatis_jr came to play. 🎮 https://t.co/nLJiGAUziT

The MLB The Show Players League is occurring as the season undergoes a delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One player from each MLB club is representing his franchise and playing for a $25,000 donation to be made to his city's Boys & Girls Club. The league format is a 29-game round robin with three-inning games.

All players' local Boys & Girls Clubs will get $5,000 each regardless of player performance.

The top eight teams in the overall standings will make the playoffs, and a postseason tournament will emerge from there. At the end, a tournament victor will be crowned with the $25,000 donation in his name being made.


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