Dallas Keuchel tops players as Astros beat Yankees in AL Wild Card Game

Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel is Box-Toppers Player of the Day in Tuesday’s American League Wild Card game.

Keuchel pitched six scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing three hits, in the 3-0 win over the Yankees.

Keuchel had 21.4 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, ranked first among AL pitchers and fourth overall.

While the Astros were the second-ranked AL Wild Card team in terms of win-loss record, they did rank higher in team Box-Toppers rankings. The Astros rank eighth in team Box-Toppers rankings, third among AL teams, while the Yankees rank 13th, sixth among AL teams. The Yankees were Box-Toppers’ lowest-ranked playoff team.

The Astros will face the Kansas City Royals in the best-of-five AL Division Series beginning Thursday in Kansas City. The Royals have the AL’s best record and also have the most Box-Toppers points among AL teams, 127.5, ranked second overall, behind the Pittsburgh Pirates (129.6).

Top player from AL Wild Card Game

POG 9.0 Astros Dallas Keuchel (W,1-0) - - - - - - 6.0 3 0 0 1 7

Box-Toppers' 2 top NL teams meet in Wild Card Game

Coming Wednesday—The National League Wild Card Game is in Pittsburgh, with the Cubs facing the Pirates. Here is the pitching match-up:

Cubs—Jake Arrieta, 29.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked first among all players with the eighth-highest single-season total since 1995.

Pirates—Gerrit Cole, 19.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked ninth among all players, sixth among NL pitchers.

The Pirates rank first in Box-Toppers team rankings with 129.6 Box-Toppers points. The Cubs rank third with 127.4. In other words, the top two NL teams face off in a one-game playoff to see who qualifies for the NL Divisional Series. The Cubs were the hotter team during the final 10 days of the season, picking up 11.0 Box-Toppers points, while the Pirates picked up 5.5.

The winner of the NL Wild Card game will face the St. Louis Cardinals in the best-of-five NL Divisional Series beginning Friday in St. Louis. The Cardinals have baseball’s best record, but rank fourth in Box-Toppers team rankings, behind both the Cubs and Pirates, with 124.3 Box-Toppers points.

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.

Cubs vs. Pirates

Here are players for both teams in the NL Wild Card Game Wednesday. Players are listed for both teams ranked by Box-Toppers points earned in 2015. All players listed were on active Major or Minor League rosters at the end of the season—not necessarily all of them will be included on postseason rosters.  

Chicago Cubs Pittsburgh Pirates
Player Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
Arrieta, Jake 2738 pi sp 29.1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp 19.0
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp 12.0 Liriano, Francisco 2104 pi sp 14.9
Hammel, Jason 2235 pi sp 9.7 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp 13.1
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp 9.7 McCutchen, Andrew 2637 cf 10.5
Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b 8.5 Melancon, Mark 2792 pi cp 7.0
Bryant, Kris 3465 3b 8.5 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp 6.7
Montero, Miguel 2304 ca 5.5 Burnett, A.J. 1300 pi sp 6.0
Haren, Danny 1787 pi sp 5.0 Ramirez, Aramis 1364 3b 6.0
Schwarber, Kyle 3536 lf ca 5.0 Locke, Jeff 3133 pi sp 6.0
Castro, Starlin 2767 ss 2b 4.5 Soria, Joakim 2258 pi cp 5.7
Wada, Tsuyoshi 3389 pi sp 3.7 Marte, Starling 3122 lf 5.0
Soler, Jorge 3403 rf ph 3.2 Walker, Neil 2756 2b 4.0
Wood, Travis 2777 pi sp 3.0 Cervelli, Francisco 3387 ca 4.0
Fowler, Dexter 2698 cf 2.5 Polanco, Gregory 3361 rf 3.0
Russell, Addison 3559 ss 2.5 Alvarez, Pedro 2817 1b 3.0
Jackson, Austin 2694 cf 2.0 Blanton, Joe 1977 pi mr sp 3.0
Rondon, Hector 3201 pi cp 2.0 Kang, Jung-Ho 3464 ss 3b 3.0
Strop, Pedro 3005 pi mr 2.0 Caminero, Arquimedes 3498 pi mr 2.0
Coghlan, Chris 2610 lf 1.0 Guerra, Deolis 3521 pi cp 2.0
Rodney, Fernando 1803 pi cp mr 1.0 Ishikawa, Travis 2530 1b 1.7
Cahill, Trevor 2658 pi mr 1.0 Harrison, Josh 2947 3b 1.0
Hunter, Tommy 2623 pi mr 1.0 Watson, Tony 3215 pi cp 1.0
Grimm, Justin 3153 pi mr 1.0 Hughes, Jared 3043 pi mr 1.0
Richard, Clayton 2584 pi sp 1.0 Scahill, Rob 3391 pi mr 1.0
Motte, Jason 2926 pi mr 1.0
Beeler, Dallas 3528 pi sp 1.0
Ramirez, Neil 3439 pi mr 1.0
Totals 127.4 Totals 129.6
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