The Baltimore Orioles MLB: The Show representative is struggling to maintain his position to get to the playoffs.
The top eight make it to the first round of playoffs. At this point, Smith Jr. is in ninth place with a record of 12-7. The top eight include (in order) Joey Votto, Blake Snell, Gavin Lux, Jeff McNeil, Lucas Giolito, Bo Bichette, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Trevor May.
The newest additions to the top eight are May, McNeil, and Giolito. With only 30 players involved in a round-robin tournament where they play each other, the standings have been surprisingly consistent. The top two, Votto and Snell, have proven to be tough competitors.
The AL East is the best league, with four of the five players with winning records.
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Smith Jr.’s losses on Tuesday night came at the hands of Lux and Giolito, both by a score of 1-2. He defeated Rhys Hoskins by a score of 6-0. In the game against the Phillies, Alex Cobb earned the win against former O’s pitcher Jake Arrieta. Interestingly, in the game against the Phillies, none of the Orioles hit home runs. The six runs were scored by Smith Jr.’s stalwarts with Hanser Alberto earning two RBI on the night.
In the game against the White Sox, the Orioles had to work a little harder to manufacture their one run. In the top of the third, Jose Iglesias led off and hit a double. Santander attempted to move him on a fly, but it didn’t go far enough in center field and was caught. Then, Trey Mancini doubled, scoring Iglesias. In that game, Kohl Stewart earned the loss.
Smith Jr. plays again tonight. He faces Brett Phillips of the Royals, Lance McCullers Jr. of the Astros, and Tatis Jr. of the Padres. His playoff future is on the line, and three wins would certainly move him up in the standings. He and Tatis Jr. play the same teams tonight, so the Orioles need to come up big to move the 12-5 Tatis Jr. down in the standings.