Baltimore Orioles Dwight Smith Jr Gets Big Wins on Sunday Night
As the MLB: The Show Players’ Tournament is reaching the regular-season close, the Baltimore Orioles won three of four on Sunday Night.
The big question is whether or not that will be enough for the Baltimore Orioles to get back into the Top Eight.
After some last minute pushes over the weekend, Dwight Smith Jr. entered the Sunday games sitting in 10th place, just .5 games out of the playoffs. The best players have been vying for positions as they try to get as many wins as possible.
In Sunday’s games, Smith Jr was scheduled to playe Carlos Santana and the Indians, Jesus Luzardo and the A’s, Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox, and Jeff McNeil and the Mets. Santana and Rodriguez are at the bottom of the tournament, and have no way to bring their teams to the playoffs. But, Smith Jr. needed to beat McNeil and a win against Luzardo wouldn’t hurt.
Sadly, the Smith Jr. did not get the win he needed at McNeil, who started the night in fifth place. The O’s did defeat the bottom dwellers, and they beat the A’s in style. And, instead of playing Rodriguez, he played Ty Buttrey of the Angels and defeated the Halos 9-1.
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As Sunday rolled into Monday, Smith Jr moved back up in the ranks. While he couldn’t get the big win against McNeil, Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped in the standings with a few unexpected losses.
There are still games being played, but Smith Jr’s chances look good. Blake Snell and Joey Gallo continue to battle for first and second, the rest of the top eight is still in flux. But, with a record of 18-10, Smith Jr ends the night in sixth place, tied with Tommy Kahnle of the Yankees 5.5 games out of first place.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much that Smith Jr. can do to help himself. He is now dependent on other top players to get some losses on Monday night. There are several players who still have games to finish as everyone plays 29 games to get into the playoffs.