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MLB The Show 20: May Monthly Awards Program Tomorrow, Here Are the Reveals So Far

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MLB The Show 20: May Monthly Awards Program Tomorrow, Here Are the Reveals So Far

Much like with the April Monthly Awards program, SDS will be re-releasing award winners from the past. This means there’s a limited pool of players SDS is working with here, and it also means you can get out in front of a couple things before the program hits tomorrow. In other words, consider this the May Monthly Awards preview.

May Monthly Awards Preview

2019 Derek Dietrich

Of the reveals so far, this is the card I want the most. I love Dietrich’s swing and am rather confident this card will mash. I just wish I could rock the no-sleeves look when using him.

2019 Hector Neris

Neris has a limited pitch mix, but I actually have enjoyed using him in certain events this year. This is the first reliever we’ll be getting in these programs, so the question is will the exchange only include closers, or will you be able to exchange any relievers for Neris? I would guess any relievers will work, but it’s just an assumption for now.

2018 Brandon Crawford

Brandon Crawford has had moments where he’s really big in DD, and I’m sure this card will be solid, but we’re not quite as starved for solid two-way shortstops as we’ve been in the past — thanks in part to prospects being in DD now. That being said, if this card has credible power (and I suspect it will), it’s another solid “free” card to add to your team.

Who’s Left?

Well, there’s two spots left, with one being a final card before the Didi-equivalent final reveal. I suspect Josh Bell is the final reward because that card was so popular in the past. He does already have a Face of the Franchise version, but I still would guess that’s the pick. This means the other player will probably be a starting pitcher, so that means a Ross Stripling or Alex Wood might be the pick. I don’t think SDS would go with another position player, but Devers is technically an option as well.

What To Do Before The Release?

In short, prepare for the exchanges. There was a mini-rush on certain gold cards when Crawford was revealed, but that has since cooled back down. If this program works like last month, there will be an exchange for each of these players, which means you will be able to exchange players from that team or from that position for +10 points. You can do these programs without the exchanges, it just speeds them up if you do have the excess players.

I assume we’ll have another mini-rush on players again tomorrow when the program starts, so if you don’t buy tonight you might just have to wait a day or so in order to avoid overpaying for players. It might not be too bad since the whole program is being released at once, so this is really more advice if you’re truly hardcore about all this stuff. Otherwise, expect a similar format to last month so there will be missions and moments, and then the final card you’ll probably be able to Prestige.

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  1. Fiddy
    Why does SDS always use these same cards from past games etc? Honest question.. LOL

    Honest answer: Because there are no current-year Players of the Month, since there is no baseball.
    This is also the first year they've done this.
    I was just thinking yesterday that the Crawford card would be fun to revisit when using an all-Giants lineup. I enjoyed it a lot in 18.
    bcruise
    Honest answer: Because there are no current-year Players of the Month, since there is no baseball.

    The POTM award has been out since the 1950s.... so many other choices besides these guys
    nymets2020
    The POTM award has been out since the 1950s.... so many other choices besides these guys

    These guys are already rated so it’s an easy plug and play. They also need to have the rights to anyone they use.
    Dogslax41
    These guys are already rated so it’s an easy plug and play. They also need to have the rights to anyone they use.

    Sure but there are plenty of that list they do.
    nymets2020
    Sure but there are plenty of that list they do.

    I don't believe the series was ever based on the actual POTM award. It's always been based on who is having a highlight-worthy month, and they've only been doing the series since 2017 if I remember correctly.
    Ac couple really good cards could come out of this month. Dietrich is always a fun card to use and mashes righties. And a prestige of that Josh Bell card will be insane. A switch hitter with 114/85 contact and 108/110 power splits should be a fun card to use for part 2 of the event.
    Meh, yet more cards I didn't care about in previous years being added, probably with the same incredibly formulaic and repetitive way of unlocking them.
    I get that COVID makes some things difficult, but coming up with interesting, new ideas really shouldn't be one of them
    Breezed through all of these this morning and into the afternoon. Only issue was the 2 HR game, I walked 9 out of 12 at bats. Cueto wouldnt throw a strike!

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