The round-robin games of the MLB: The Show Players’ Tournament are moving along, and the Baltimore Orioles are still in the top eight.
Under the management and playing skills of the Baltimore Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. the team finished in the top eight. Smith Jr.’s record of 15-9 is keeping him in the running for the first playoff round.
The rest of the field is tough. Joey Gallo and Blake Snell have been the top two throughout the tournament. The other five players in the top include Bo Bichette, Gavin Lux, Jeff McNeil, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Lucas Giolito.
In Thursday’s games, the Orioles defeated the Mariners, but lost to the Blue Jays. According to the schedule on the MLB website, Smith has both Friday and Saturday off. He resumes competive play on Sunday when he faces Carlos Santana, Jesus Luzardo, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Jeff McNeil. The standings are tight, so every win is important.
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Even though Smith Jr. isn’t appearing in competitive league games, he still plays each night. Just like practicing for the real, human version of baseball, these players practice their e-sports skills.
Smith Jr. and the other participants play in Dynasty and Exhibition Games. In those games, players can build a team with any ball players. The MLB players like Smith Jr. can play against anyone, not just against the 29 other MLB stars. If you play MLB: The Show, you might get to play against your favorite MLB tournament participant.
While the games are fun to watch because of the realistic graphics, the best part is watching players interact. Smith Jr. can throw shade as well as anyone, and his ability to lead the Orioles has made him a tough player to beat. Take this exchange from MLB.com with Niko Goodrum of the Tigers (Smith Jr. beat Goodrum 17-1):
"Goodrum: Y’all don’t understand what’s going on, man. My heart is broken right now. My heart is broken right now. I lost 17-1. They’re going to be talking about me in their little group texts, man. I don’t know what to say. See me in real life, though. Tell them to see me in real life.Smith: “See me in real life!” That’s all that matters!Goodrum: That’s all that matters! See me in real life!Smith: Oh, man. I needed that, bro. Oh my god.Goodrum: Well, as long as somebody laughs. The whole stream is probably laughing at me tonight. It’s all right. Let me see what my record is. Y’all don’t want to know my record. Y’all don’t want to know my record. Y’all don’t want to know my record. I’m out here battling, though. Don’t feel bad for Niko. Don’t write that. I’m out here battling.Smith: It’s tough out here battling with these teams, man. It’s real tough."
While players like Snell, Gallo, and Smith Jr have been consistently in the top eight, there are a few players to keep your eyes on this weekend. Lucas Giolito of the White Sox came out of nowhere to get into the top 8. Tommy Kahnle of the Yankees is clawing at Smith Jr.’s back, and so are Amir Garrett of the Reds and Luzardo of the A’s.