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Gavin Lux eliminated from ‘MLB The Show’ playoffs

The ‘MLB The Show’ Players League championship will be decided this weekend

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Gavin Lux lost his quarterfinal matchup with Rays pitcher Blake Snell, two games to none, in the MLB The Show Players League playoffs, which began Friday night.

Snell won the first game 3-2 at Tropicana Field, thanks to virtual home runs by Austin Meadows and Mike Zunino against Walker Buehler. Virtual Lux homered in Game 2 at Dodger Stadium, and took a 3-0 lead with three outs to play, but Kenley Jansen allowed a home run, triple, and double before recording two outs, then Joe Kelly came in to walk a batter, then a three-run homer that proved to be the winning blow for Snell. The Dodgers rallied for a run in the bottom of the third, but the Rays held on for a 5-4 win.

Snell was 24-5 during the regular season, earning the top seed in the postseason. Lux, the No. 8 seed, was an underdog to the tune of +240 in this quarterfinal matchup, per BetOnline. Before the playoffs began, BetOnline gave Lux 11-1 odds to win the championship.

Lux finished the regular season at 19-10, tied with Dwight Smith Jr., Lucas Giolito, and Ian Happ, but fell to the eighth seed by scoring fewer runs over the course of the season than all three.

Smith beat Jeff McNeil in the other quarterfinal matchup Friday, and will face Snell on Saturday. The semifinals will be best-of-3 series, split on Saturday between ESPN2 (1 p.m. PT) and FS1 (5 p.m.), with the other participants determined from the remaining two quarterfinal matchups earlier Saturday (noon PT) on ESPN2.

The championship series, this one best-of-5, will be played Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and will be televised by ESPN.

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