New York Mets: Jeff McNeil Moves on to MLB the Show Semi-Finals

The MLB, the Show 20 players tournament, kicked off, and the Jeff McNeil continued his dominance. The New York Mets All-Star took down Dwight Smith Jr. from the Baltimore Orioles to move on to the semi-finals.

McNeil found himself down in extra innings, but J.D. Davis came off the bench to hit a two-run walk-off home win to take the first game of the series. During game 2, he brought the thunder with himself and Brandon Nimmo as their virtual versions powered them to a 2-1 victory.

What’s the Competition

Blake Snell was down 3-0 against Gavin Lux heading into his final at-bats on the road during game 2. He managed to make a terrific comeback and went on to win 5-4. The comeback win resulted in a 3-0 series win and a trip to the semi-finals.

The matchup is set for the four seed McNeil to face the one seed, Snell. On the other side of the tournament, Joey Gallo is facing off against Ian Happ, and Bo Bichette takes on Lucas Giolito. The winner of the tournament gets $25,000 added to the local Boys & Girls Club on top of the $5,000 each player receives for participating.

New York Mets: Jeff McNeil Heads to MLB the Show Postseason

The closest thing New York Mets fans are getting to watching them compete at Citi Field is watching All-Star Jeff McNeil control the team in MLB the Show 20. He has displayed his talent on the sticks, putting together a 15-6 record to make the postseason for the MLB the Show Players League.

It is no surprise McNeil has recorded the most hits with himself (23). His offense has been explosive as ten different Mets are hitting over .300. Michael Conforto has led the way with eight home runs while Pete Alonso and Jake Marisnick have four each.

Pitching Success

McNeil has also taken advantage of the vast array of weapons the Mets have in their bullpen. Edwin Diaz and Seth Lugo have been his primary weapons in relief. They have combined for 11 shutout innings with five strikeouts. Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have been dominant to start games as both have 3.00 ERAs.

McNeil is one win behind the best record in the NL, held by Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux. Heading into the last weekend before the postseason, McNeil is getting himself ready to make a magical playoff run and at least bring a championship of some sort back to Queens.

Checking in on Tommy Kahnle in the MLB The Show Players League

New York Yankees, Tommy Kahnle

With the MLB season not starting due to the coronavirus, the MLB and the video game “MLB The Show” have partnered to form a players league. One player from each team plays with their team against other MLB players and their team in a series of three-inning games.

Representing the New York Yankees is none other than clubhouse character, Tommy Kahnle.

Kahnle showed his lack of experience early on. He wound up losing his first five games, including a loss to Blake Snell of the Rays, an MLB The Show fanatic.

Then, Kahnle went off on a tear. He’s won his last seven games, including wins over Juan Soto of the Nationals and Jeff McNeil of the Mets.

With six games remaining, Kahnle has some work to do if he would like a playoff spot. In the league, the top eight teams make it to the playoffs. The first two rounds are in a best-of-three format, and the finals are a best-of-five format.

He doesn’t play today but will play on Monday and Tuesday. Standing in his way on Monday are Jon Duplantier (ARI), Josh Hader (MIL), and Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD). Tuesday, Kahnle faces David Dahl (COL), Hunter Pence (SF), and Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS).

If you are interested in watching, you can do so by tuning into Kahnle’s twitch channel (TKahn48) at 9pm Eastern time on Monday and Tuesday. All players are required to show their faces and be mic’d up, so viewers will have no lack of entertainment and unintelligible noises.

Mets and Yankees Fans Should Be Pleased with MLB The Show

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

It’s peculiar to realize that it’s been 20 years since the Mets and Yankees met in the World Series. The Yankees are trending as one of the top teams to beat in the American League, and the Mets are posed to make it back to the playoffs with much more believable prospects at a Wild Card berth. And as we saw from the Mets in 2015, ANYTHING can happen when you get in.

But, now, similar to the way Madden projects who’s going to win the Super Bowl, MLB The Show thinks a new Subway Series is well within the cards.

MLB The Show Predicts Mets and Yankees as World Series Favorites

Both teams are projected as winning 91 or more games. The game picked one champion for each division. The sole exception being the NL East, as the game predicted the Mets AND Braves will both win 91 or more games. The other teams the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs. There is no Wild Card contender predicted in the American League.

Now, basing anything on the projections of a video game is… well, silly. But, thinking back to Madden, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they are right about something. Madden predicted 10 out of 16 Super Bowl results since 2004. And as predicting division winners isn’t the same as predicting the World Series winner, 4 of the 7 teams predicted as playoff contenders for 2020, did make it to the Championship Series for each respective league last season.