Game 1 Preview: Cardinals, Red Sox bring out their aces to open World Series

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Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday features the pitching aces of both the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Adam Wainwright starts for the Cardinals and Jon Lester starts for the Red Sox in the first of the best-of-seven series beginning in Boston. 

Both players are their team's overall leader in Box-Toppers points.  Wainwright has 20.2 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, ranking second among all players. Lester has 12.7 Box-Toppers points, ranking 34th overall.

For more on the World Series, see Box-Toppers preview of the Cardinals-Red Sox match-up

Box-Toppers is set up to determine the players who most help their team win the most games. Top players from the winning team of each game are determined by a formula using standard box score statistics. In regular season games, 2.0 Box-Toppers points are awarded for Player of the Day, 1.7 for top player in the opposite league, 1.5 for top batter in each league and 1.0 for the top player in each of the other games. However, no Box-Toppers points are awarded during the postseason.