Blake Snell Overtakes Joey Gallo for 1st Place in MLB The Show Players League

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2020

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 30, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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It's not quite October baseball, but the pennant race in the MLB The Show Players League was in full swing Monday.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell and Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo were the only ones who had clinched playoff spots heading into the day of competition, and the former secured the No. 1 seed in the eight-team playoffs with wins over Jon Duplantier of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jeff McNeil of the New York Mets and Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants.

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The league's official website noted the playoffs start Friday and will culminate in a best-of-five championship series.

Elsewhere, Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays, Gavin Lux of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dwight Smith Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles all had magic numbers of three or less entering play in the league, which is raising money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Canada.

The tight race for the No. 8 spot also took center stage with Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox holding on to a narrow half-game lead over Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs and a one-game lead over Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres and Amir Garrett of the Cincinnati Reds at the start of the day.

Here is a look at Monday's full set of results.


Bo Bichette, TOR

vs. Dahl (COL), 3-2 win

at Buttrey (LAA), 10-0 win

at Carpenter (STL), 4-3 loss


Ty Buttrey, LAA

vs. May (MIN), 4-2 win

vs. Bichette (TOR), 10-0 loss

at Kahnle (NYY), 2-1 win


Matt Carpenter, STL

vs. Bichette (TOR), 4-3 win

at Edwards Jr. (SEA), 1-0 win


David Dahl, COL

at Bichette (TOR), 3-2 loss

at Hoskins (PHI), 2-0 loss

vs. McNeil (NYM), 4-2 loss


Jon Duplantier, ARI

at May (MIN), 3-0 loss

vs. Snell (TB), 7-3 loss


Carl Edwards Jr., SEA

vs. Jackson (ATL), 4-3 loss

vs. Hader (MIL), 8-0 loss

at Lux (LAD), 5-2 win

at Carpenter (STL), 1-0 loss


Joey Gallo, TEX

at Soto (WSH), 4-3 loss

vs. Happ (CHC), 6-5 loss


Lucas Giolito, CWS

at McCullers Jr. (HOU), 6-3 win

vs. Soto (WSH), 3-1 loss


Niko Goodrum, DET

vs. Phillips (KC), 3-2 loss

at McCullers Jr. (HOU), 7-3 loss


Josh Hader, MIL

at Edwards Jr. (SEA), 8-0 win

vs. McCullers Jr. (HOU), 3-2 loss


Ian Happ, CHC

at Gallo (TEX), 6-5 win

at Stanek (MIA), 5-3 win

vs. Jackson (ATL), 4-2 win

vs. May (MIN), 3-2 loss


Rhys Hoskins, PHI

vs. Dahl (COL), 2-0 win

at Tatis Jr. (SD), 7-1 win


Luke Jackson, ATL

at Edwards Jr. (SEA), 4-3 win

vs. McCullers Jr. (HOU), 9-0 loss

vs. Happ (CHC), 4-2 loss

at Pence (SF), 1-0 loss


Tommy Kahnle, NYY

at Lux (LAD), 3-0 win

vs. Tucker (PIT), 1-0 loss

vs. Buttrey (LAA), 2-1 loss


Gavin Lux, LAD

vs. Kahnle (NYY), 3-0 loss

at McNeil (NYM), 6-3 loss

vs. Edwards Jr. (SEA), 5-2 loss


Trevor May, MIN

at Buttrey (LAA), 4-2 loss

at Snell (TB), 3-2 win

vs. Duplantier (ARI), 3-0 win

at Happ (CHC), 3-2 win


Lance McCullers Jr., HOU

vs. Giolito (CWS), 6-3 loss

at Jackson (ATL), 9-0 win

vs. Goodrum (DET), 7-3 win

at Hader (MIL), 3-2 win


Jeff McNeil, NYM

vs. Lux (LAD), 6-3 win

at Tucker (PIT), 5-0 win

at Dahl (COL), 4-2 win

at Snell (TB), 4-1 loss


Hunter Pence, SF

at Stanek (MIA), 2-1 loss

vs. Jackson (ATL), 1-0 win

at Snell (TB), 7-6 loss


Brett Phillips, KC

at Goodrum (DET), 3-2 win


Blake Snell, TB

at Duplantier (ARI), 7-3 win

vs. May (MIN), 3-2 loss

vs. Pence (SF), 7-6 win

vs. McNeil (NYM), 4-1 win


Juan Soto, WSH

vs. Gallo (TEX), 4-3 win

at Giolito (CWS), 3-1 win


Ryne Stanek, MIA

vs. Happ (CHC), 5-3 loss

vs. Pence (SF), 2-1 win


Fernando Tatis Jr., SD

vs. Hoskins (PHI), 7-1 loss


Cole Tucker, PIT

at Kahnle (NYY), 1-0 win

vs. McNeil (NYM), 5-0 loss


While Snell took full advantage of his opportunity Monday, Gallo did the opposite.

He lost both of his games in heartbreaking fashion by a single run to Happ and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals, and the latter came on the final pitch of the game. With Gallo nursing a two-run lead with one out in the final inning, Soto launched a walk-off three-run homer with Yan Gomes to propel the virtual Nationals to victory:

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Happ's victory over Gallo was part of his dramatic late run to the playoffs.

He led the virtual Cubs on a 10-1 stretch to finish the regular season and went 3-1 in Monday's action with his only loss coming against Trevor May of the Minnesota Twins. That helped him make up ground against crosstown rival Giolito, but the White Sox pitcher is still in playoff position as well thanks to the tiebreaker rules and some help from Tatis' loss to Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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The @Cubs may have just snuck into the @MLBTheShow players league playoffs. 10 wins in the last 11 games. My palms are so sweaty

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Giolito is tied with Tommy Kahnle of the New York Yankees after the latter went 1-2 in three games Monday.

The former split two games Monday but finished with six more total runs scored than Kahnle, which was the first tiebreaker in the league.