The Baltimore Orioles visit the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League one-game Wild Card playoff game Tuesday.
Starting pitchers are:
Orioles—Chris Tillman, 8.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 30th among AL pitchers, 89th overall.
Blue Jays—Marcus Stroman, 6.7 Box-Toppers points, 43rd among AL pitchers, 112th overall.
Both teams have identical 89-73 records, but the Orioles rank higher in Box-Toppers team rankings—they are seventh with 116.6 Box-Toppers points, while the Blue Jays are ninth with 114.0. The Blue Jays are the lowest-ranked AL team to make the postseason.
The Orioles finished the season as one of the hottest teams in baseball. In the final 10 days of the season, they earned 8.5 Box-Toppers points, third-most among all teams. The Blue Jays earned 6.0 points during that period.
Top-ranked player among both teams is Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, 14.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked third among AL pitchers and 11th among all players. However, Happ started Saturday.
The Blue Jays also feature two players ranked in the top 10 list of AL batters for 2016:
- Catcher Russell Martin, 10.5 Box-Toppers points, ranks sixth among AL batters, 48th among all players.
- Third baseman Josh Donaldson, 9.7 Box-Toppers points, ranks seventh among AL batters, 57th among all players.
The Orioles top-ranked player is third baseman-shortstop Manny Machado, whose 12.7 Box-Toppers points leads all AL batters. He ranks 21st among all players.
Also in the top 10 among AL batters is Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, 11.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked fifth, 38th among all players.
The winner of the AL Wild Card game will face the Texas Rangers in the best-of-five AL Division Series beginning Thursday in Texas. The Rangers rank fifth in Box-Toppers team rankings, third among AL teams, with 122.5 Box-Toppers points.
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Orioles vs. Blue JaysHere are players for both teams in the AL Wild Card Game Tuesday. Players are listed for both teams ranked by Box-Toppers points earned in 2016. 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.
|Baltimore Orioles||Toronto Blue Jays|
|Machado, Manny 3087||3b ss||12.7||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||14.7|
|Wieters, Matt 2643||ca||11.0||Estrada, Marco 2847||pi sp||11.0|
|Gausman, Kevin 3191||pi sp||10.8||Sanchez, Aaron 3392||pi sp||10.7|
|Trumbo, Mark 2851||rf||8.2||Martin, Russell 2202||ca||10.5|
|Tillman, Chris 2754||pi sp||8.0||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||9.7|
|Davis, Chris 2478||1b||7.5||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||8.0|
|Hardy, J.J. 2071||ss||6.2||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh 1b||8.0|
|Miley, Wade 3006||pi sp||6.0||Dickey, R.A. 1734||pi sp||7.0|
|Bundy, Dylan 3655||pi sp||6.0||Stroman, Marcus 3327||pi sp||6.7|
|Britton, Zach 2835||pi cp||5.0||Saunders, Michael 2768||lf||5.2|
|Jimenez, Ubaldo 2349||pi sp||4.7||Smoak, Justin 2731||1b||3.5|
|Schoop, Jonathan 3307||2b||4.5||Osuna, Roberto 3512||pi cp||3.0|
|Brach, Brad 3374||pi mr||3.0||Upton, Melvin 1922||lf cf||2.5|
|O’Day, Darren 2577||pi mr cp||3.0||Pillar, Kevin 3486||cf||2.0|
|Wilson, Tyler 3608||pi mr sp||3.0||Biagini, Joe 3646||pi mr||2.0|
|Gallardo, Yovani 2333||pi sp||2.0||Goins, Ryan 3478||2b||1.5|
|Pearce, Steve 2371||1b||2.0||Bautista, Jose Antonio 2169||rf||1.0|
|Bourn, Michael 2505||rf cf||2.0||Tulowitzki, Troy 2308||ss||1.0|
|Givens, Mychal 3599||pi mr||2.0||Bolsinger, Mike 3318||pi sp||1.0|
|Lobstein, Kyle 3406||pi sp mr||2.0||Grilli, Jason 2209||pi mr cp||1.0|
|Kim, Hyun Soo 3671||lf||2.0||Travis, Devon 3436||2b||1.0|
|Jones, Adam 2347||cf||1.0||Benoit, Joaquin 1663||pi mr||1.0|
|Alvarez, Pedro 2817||dh 1b||1.0||Cecil, Brett 2566||pi mr||1.0|
|Wright, Mike 3471||pi sp||1.0||Navarro, Dioner 2087||dh ca||1.0|
|Hunter, Tommy 2623||pi cp||1.0|
|Reimold, Nolan 2607||lf||1.0|