Tuesday's League Division Series game rained out; two games slated for Wednesday

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No baseball Tuesday as the National League Division Series Game 4 was rained out and postponed until Wednesday.

There are two League Division Series games scheduled for Wednesday:

Top 10 players

Here are final rankings of the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Oct. 1:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 25.1
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 25.0
3 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 23.1
4 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 22.5
5 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 22.0
6 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 21.8
7 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 21.1
8 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 20.1
9 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 16.1
10 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 16.0
What are those numbers after players' names?

NL Division Series Game 4, Cubs lead Nationals, 2-1

The pitching matchup Wednesday is the same as Tuesday’s:

The pitching matchup Wednesday:

Nationals—Stephen Strasburg, 22.5 Box-Toppers points, fourth among all players, third among NL pitchers.

Cubs—Jake Arrieta, 6.7 Box-Toppers points, 110th among all players, 38th among NL pitchers.

Strasburg was named the Nationals starter for Game 4 mid-day Wednesday. Previously, the Nationals were going to start Tanner Roark (7.0 Box-Toppers points, 97th among all players, 31st among NL pitchers) but with the rainout Tuesday, Strasburg was available to start on full rest.

Strasburg ranks second among Nationals players in Box-Toppers points, trailing only Box-Toppers NL Player of the Year Max Scherzer (25.0 Box-Toppers points).

In the Game 1 series loss to the Cubs, Strasburg pitched well and had a Box-Toppers game score of +11.0, despite picking up the loss (7IP 3H 2R 0ER BB 10K L). Arrieta has yet to appear in the 2017 postseason.

See the season Box-Toppers point totals of all Cubs and Nationals players who earned Player of the Game honors in 2017.

AL Division Series Game 5, Yankees at Indians, series tied, 2-2

Yankees—CC Sabathia, 7.7 Box-Toppers points, 82nd among all players, 26th among AL pitchers.

Indians—Corey Kluber, 22.0 Box-Toppers points, fifth among all players, second among AL pitchers.

The pitching matchup is a rematch of Game 2 last Friday that the Indians won 9-8 in 13 innings. Neither starter fared particularly well, but Kluber actually did far worse. Kluber (2.2IP 7H 6R BB 4K ND) had a Box-Toppers game score of -13.8. Sabathia (5.1IP 3H 4R 2ER 3BB 5K ND) had a Box-Toppers game score of -1.9).

See the season Box-Toppers point totals of all Yankees and Indians players who earned Player of the Game honors in 2017.

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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