Giants' Madison Bumgarner shuts out Pirates in NL Wild Card Game, tops players for Wednesday, Oct. 1

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who pitched a complete game shutout in the National League Wild Card Game win over the Pirates, is Wednesday’s Player of the Day.

Bumgarner allowed four hits and one walk and struck out 10 in the 8-0 win. He had the Giants’ high Box-Toppers game score of +14. Brandon Belt, who went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs, had the second-highest Box-Toppers game score among Giants players of +3.

During the regular season, Bumgarner earned 22.6 Box-Toppers points, ranking third among all players and second among NL pitchers.

The Giants now advance to face the Nationals in the best-of-five NL Division Series beginning Friday in Washington.

The Giants are ranked eighth in regular season Box-Toppers team rankings with 110.8 Box-Toppers points. They eliminate the Pirates, the 11th-ranked team with 99.9 Box-Toppers points. The team the Giants will face, the Nationals, rank fourth in Box-Toppers team rankings with 115.5 Box-Toppers points.

Coming Thursday:


American League Division Series Game 1, Tigers at Orioles

The Orioles have a slight edge in Box-Toppers team rankings. They have 113.4 Box-Toppers points, ranking sixth among all teams. The Tigers have 112.9 points, ranking seventh. During the final 10 days of the regular season, Orioles players earned 4.0 Box-Toppers points and Tigers players earned 6.0.

The pitching matchup Thursday:

Tigers: Max Scherzer, 22.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked fifth among all players, second among AL pitchers.

Orioles: Chris Tillman, 6.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 152nd among all players, 53rd among AL pitchers.


American League Division Series Game 1, Royals at Angels

The Angels are Box-Toppers’ top-ranked team with 124.2 Box-Toppers points. The Royals rank 10th with 101.1 points. However, in the final 10 days of the regular season, the Angels had the fewest Box-Toppers points of any AL team (3.0), while the Royals had 6.5.

The pitching matchup Thursday:

Royals: Jason Vargas, 7.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 107th among all players, 38th among AL pitchers.

Angels: Jered Weaver, 6.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 126th among all players, 47th among AL pitchers.

Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.

Top player in NL Wild Card Game

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner was Player of the Game (POG) in the 8-0 win over the Pirates

1001 Score Team Player of the Game AB R H BI BB K IP H R ER BB K
POG 14.0 Giants Madison Bumgarner (W, 1-0) - - - - - - 9.0 4 0 0 1 10