Indians' Corey Kluber tops players in ALCS Game 1 win over Blue Jays

Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is Player of the Game in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

The Indians beat the Blue Jays 2-0 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven game series.

Kluber pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits, two walks and striking out six. It is the second time this postseason Kluber has earned Player of the Game honors. He was also Player of the Game in the AL Division Series Game 2 win over the Red Sox on Oct. 7.

Kluber has 21.2 Box-Toppers points on the season, fifth among all players and first among AL pitchers.

Kluber had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +4.1. The Indians top batter, Francisco Lindor, had a Box-Toppers game score of +1.0 (HR 2-4 R 2BI).

On the losing side, Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada pitched a complete game and had a Box-Toppers game score of +3.0 (8IP 6H 2R BB 6K L).

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.

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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

BTG Game Player of Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
4.1 CLE 2, TOR 0 Corey Kluber (W,2-0) - - - - 6.1 6 0 0 2 6
BTG: Box-Toppers game score

Coming Saturday:

ALCS Game 2: Indians lead Blue Jays, 1-0

The pitching matchup Saturday:

Blue Jays—J.A. Happ, 14.7 Box-Toppers points, 11th among all players, third among AL pitchers.

Indians—Josh Tomlin, 5.0 Box-Toppers points, 202nd among all players, 63rd among AL pitchers.

NLCS Game 1: Dodgers at Cubs

The pitching matchup Saturday:

Dodgers—Kenta Maeada, 10.0 Box-Toppers points, 54th among all players, 21st among NL pitchers.

Cubs—Jon Lester, 22.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked fourth among all players, third among NL pitchers.