Marcus Stroman tops players as Blue Jays beat Orioles in AL Wild Card Game

Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is Box-Toppers Player of the Day in Tuesday’s American League Wild Card game.

Stroman pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out six and walking none, in the 5-2, 11-inning win over the Orioles. Stroman did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was tied 2-2 when he exited.

Stroman had 6.7 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, ranked 43rd among AL pitchers, 112th overall.

While the Blue Jays were the top-ranked Wild Card team, they rank lower in Box-Toppers team rankings. The Blue Jays rank ninth among all teams with 114.0 accumulated Box-Toppers points. The Orioles ranked seventh with 116.6.

The Blue Jays will face the Texas Rangers in the best-of-five AL Division Series beginning Thursday in Texas. The Rangers have the AL’s best winning percentage (.586), but rank third among AL teams and fifth among all teams in Box-Toppers team rankings with 122.5 points.

Top player from AL Wild Card Game

BTG Game Player of Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
4.0 `TOR 5, BAL 2 (11) Marcus Stroman - - - -
6.0 4 2 2 0 6
`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.
BTG: Box-Toppers game score

Box-Toppers’ NL Wild Card Preview

Coming Wednesday—The National League Wild Card Game is in New York, with the Giants facing the Mets. Here is the pitching match-up:

Giants—Madison Bumgarner, 13.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 19th among all players, 12th among NL pitchers.

Mets—Noah Syndergaard, 16.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked seventh among all players, fourth among NL pitchers.

Bumgarner and Syndergaard also both rank among the top 10 NL pitchers in Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons. Bumgarner has 30.0 points over 2015 and 2016, ranking seventh. Syndergaard has 27.1 points in that span, ranking 10th. Bumgarner also ranks third among pitchers in Box-Toppers points earned since the start of 2011—he has an even 100.0 points and trails only Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (150.2), and Max Scherzer, Nationals (111.3). Syndergaard was a rookie in 2015.

The Mets are sixth in Box-Toppers team rankings with 119.1 accumulated points, third-most among NL teams. The Giants rank 10th, fifth among NL teams, with 112.7, the lowest-ranked team to qualify for the postseason. However, in the final 10 days of the season, the Giants were the slightly hotter team, picking up 8.7 Box-Toppers points, while the Mets picked up 6.7.

The Mets have two players among Box-Toppers top 10 NL batters:

  • Outfielder Jay Bruce has 8.5 Box-Toppers points, ranking eighth.
  • Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has 8.0 Box-Toppers points, ranking 10th.

The Giants highest-ranking batter is first baseman Brandon Belt with 7.0 Box-Toppers points, ranking 18th among NL batters.

The winner of the NL Wild Card game will face the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-five NL Divisional Series beginning Friday in Chicago. The Cubs have baseball’s best winning percentage (.640) and rank first in Box-Toppers team rankings with 139.5 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.

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Giants vs. Mets

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 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.  

San Francisco Giants New York Mets
Cueto, Johnny 2400 pi sp 16.4 Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp 16.7
Bumgarner, Madison 2753 pi sp 13.0 Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp 12.1
Moore, Matt 2975 pi sp 12.4 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp 9.7
Samardzija, Jeff 2495 pi sp 10.7 Bruce, Jay 2453 rf 8.5
Belt, Brandon 2943 1b 7.0 Colon, Bartolo pi sp 8.4
Panik, Joe 3401 2b 5.5 Cespedes, Yoenis 3008 cf lf 8.0
Nunez, Eduardo 2795 3b 2b ss 5.5 Familia, Jeurys 3446 pi cp 8.0
Peavy, Jake 1635 pi sp 5.0 Conforto, Michael 3622 lf 5.0
Posey, Buster 2745 ca 1b 3.5 Granderson, Curtis 2051 rf cf ph 4.5
Pence, Hunter 2287 rf 3.5 Flores, Wilmer 3345 3b 1b 2b ph 4.5
Casilla, Santiago 2301 pi cp 3.0 Walker, Neil 2756 2b 3.5
Kontos, George 3106 pi cp mr 3.0 Harvey, Matt 3075 pi sp 3.0
Span, Denard 2502 cf 3.0 Niese, Jonathon 2531 pi sp 2.0
Tomlinson, Kelby 3619 2b ph 3.0 Cabrera, Asdrubal 2362 ss 2.0
Cain, Matt 2081 pi sp 2.7 Reed, Addison 3023 pi mr 2.0
Brown, Trevor 3610 ca 2.5 Salas, Fernando 2853 pi cp 2.0
Crawford, Brandon 2878 ss 2.0 Reyes, Jose 1759 3b ss 2.0
Gillaspie, Conor 3218 3b ph 2.0 Loney, James 2206 1b ph 2.0
Blach, Ty 3754 pi sp 2.0 Reynolds, Matt 3650 ss ph 2.0
Law, Derek 3657 pi sp mr 2.0 Smoker, Josh 3725 pi cp mr 2.0
Pagan, Angel 2184 lf 1.0 Gsellman, Robert 3748 pi sp 1.7
Beckham, Gordon 2620 2b 1.0 De Aza, Alejandro 2950 cf 1.5
Strickland, Hunter 3546 pi mr 1.0 Verrett, Logan 3518 pi sp 1.0
Okert, Steven 3745 pi mr 1.0 Robles, Hansel 3580 pi cp 1.0
Osich, Josh 3677 pi mr 1.0 d’Arnaud, Travis 3384 ca 1.0
Wright, David 1911 3b 1.0
Goeddel, Erik 3672 pi mr 1.0
Lugo, Seth 3729 pi sp 1.0
Rivera, T.J. 3710 3b 2b 1.0
Ynoa, Gabriel 3743 pi sp 1.0
Totals 112.7 Totals 119.1
What are those numbers after players' names?