Orioles' Chris Tillman faces Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman in AL Wild Card Game

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 Jays

Here 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
Player Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
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
Totals 116.6 Totals 114.0
What are those numbers after players' names?