Travis d’Arnaud of the Mets is Box-Toppers top player in Monday’s four league division series playoff games.
Other Players of the Game Monday:
- Jorge Soler of the Cubs
- Royals closing pitcher Wade Davis
- Kevin Pillar of the Blue Jays
National League Division Series Game 3: Mets 13, Dodgers 7
Travis d’Arnaud of the Mets homered and went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs to earn overall Player of the Day honors Monday.
During the regular season, d’Arnaud had 2.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked 381st among all players, 189th among NL batters and ninth among NL catchers.
d’Arnaud had a Box-Toppers game score of +4.0, the same as teammate Yoenis Cespedes, who had a similar batting line (HR 3-5 3R 3BI), but d’Arnaud won Player of the Game honors on a low-level tie-breaker—he left fewer runners on base than Cespedes—zero vs. one.
D’Arnaud’s Box-Toppers game score of +4.0 is also tied with Players of the Game in two other games—Jorge Soler of the Cubs and Royals pitcher Wade Davis. But d’Arnaud beat Soler because he had more at bats (five vs. two) and he beat Davis because in cases of Box-Toppers game score ties, batters beat pitchers.
The Mets now lead the best-of-five game series, 2-1, which resumes Tuesday in New York.
National League Division Series Game 3: Cubs 8, Cardinals 6
Jorge Soler of the Cubs hit a two-run homer and went 2-for-2, to earn Player of the Game honors.
During the regular season, Soler had 3.2 Box-Toppers points, ranked 306th among all players, 70th among NL batters and 33rd among NL outfielders.
Box-Toppers points leader Jake Arrieta (29.1) started the game for the Cubs. Arrieta (5.2IP 5H 4R 9K W) had a Box-Toppers game score of −0.8. It is the first time since Aug. 15 that Arrieta did not earn Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors in a start. He had 10 straight starts in which he earned Player of the Game honors, including in the postseason on Oct. 7, when he was Player of the Game in the NL Wild Card Game. In his final nine starts of the regular season, Arrieta earned 14.7 Box-Toppers points.
The Cubs now lead the best-of-five game series, 2-1, which resumes Tuesday in Chicago.
American League Division Series Game 4: Royals 9, Astros 6
Royals closing pitcher Wade Davis struck out three over two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and picking up the save, to earn Player of the Game honors.
During the regular season, Davis had 4.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 235th among all players, 74th among AL pitchers and ninth among AL closing pitchers.
The best-of-five game series is now tied 2-2 and concludes Wednesday in Kansas City.
American League Division Series Game 4: Blue Jays 8, Rangers 4
Kevin Pillar homered and went 3-for-4, driving in three runs to earn Player of the Game honors.
During the regular season, Pillar had 3.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked 300th among all players, 68th among AL batters and 22nd among AL outfielders.
Blue Jays pitcher David Price, ranked second among AL pitchers in Box-Toppers points (21.1) pitched three innings of middle relief. Price (3IP 6H 3R 2K W) had a Box-Toppers game score of −7.0.
The best-of-five game series is now tied 2-2 and concludes Wednesday in Toronto.
About Box-Toppers—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 from each game
Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|POG||4.0||Mets||Travis d'Arnaud, C||5||3||3||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|POG||4.0||Cubs||Jorge Soler, RF||2||2||2||2||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|POG||4.0||Royals||Wade Davis (S,2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|POG||3.0||Blue Jays||Kevin Pillar, CF||4||1||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
Coming Tuesday, the NL Division Series playoff games resume:
NL Division Series Game 4, Cubs lead Cardinals, 2-1
The pitching matchup Tuesday:
Cardinals—John Lackey, 9.7 Box-Toppers points, 51st among all players, 21st among NL pitchers.
Cubs—Jason Hammel, 9.7 Box-Toppers points, 52nd among all players, 22nd among NL pitchers. (Though Lackey and Hammel have the same Box-Toppers point totals for 2015, Lackey places higher because he holds the tiebreaker—he had more Box-Toppers points in 2014, 10.7 vs. 10.4.)
NL Division Series Game 4, Mets lead Dodgers, 2-1
The pitching matchup Tuesday:
Dodgers—Clayton Kershaw, 25.7 Box-Toppers points, second among all players, second among NL pitchers.
Mets—Steven Matz, 3.5 Box-Toppers points, 298th among all players, 76th among NL pitchers.