Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb tops players in Wednesday's NL Wild Card Game

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Jake Lamb of the Diamondbacks is Box-Toppers Player of the Day in Wednesday’s National League Wild Card game.

Lamb went 4-for-5, scoring three times, in the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-8 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Lamb had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0, highest of any Diamondbacks players. During the regular season, Lamb had 6.9 Box-Toppers points, 20th among NL batters and 109th among all players.

The Diamondbacks eighth-ranked in Box-Toppers team rankings with 118.3 Box-Toppers points, beat the Rockies, ranked 11th with 103.1 points.

Two players ranked in Box-Toppers top 10 season player rankings appeared in Wednesday’s NL Wild Card Game and both were Diamondbacks pitchers:

  • Zack Greinke (20.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked eighth among all players) started the game and had a Box-Toppers game score of -10.8 (3.2IP 6H 4R BB K ND).
  • Robbie Ray (16.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 10th among all players) appeared in relief and had a Box-Toppers game score of +1.1 (2.1IP 2H R 0BB 3K ND).

The Diamondbacks will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-five NL Divisional Series beginning Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have baseball’s best record and second-best accumulated Box-Toppers point total among all teams, 138.9.

Top player from NL Wild Card Game

BTG Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
2.0 ARI 11, COL 8 Jake Lamb 3B 5 3 4 0 - - - - - -
BTG—Box-Toppers game score

Coming Thursday: The American League begins both division playoff series:

AL Division Series, Game 1: Red Sox at Astros

The Boston Red Sox rank seventh in Box-Toppers team rankings (118.8 Box-Toppers points) while the Houston Astros rank fourth (131.7). In the final 10 days of the season, the Astros picked up 9.2 Box-Toppers points while the Red Sox picked up 5.5.

The pitching matchup Thursday:

Red Sox—Chris Sale, 25.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked first among all players.

Astros—Justin Verlander, 14.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 16th among all players, sixth among AL pitchers.

Sale and Verlander are the only players on either team who are ranked among the top 10 in their Box-Toppers category.

Red Sox’ top batter is Andrew Benintendi (7.2 Box-Toppers points, 17th among AL batters). Astros’ top batter is Josh Reddick (8.0 Box-Toppers points, 11th among AL batters).

Red Sox vs. Astros

Here are players for both teams in the AL Division Series beginning Thursday. Players are listed for both teams ranked by Box-Toppers points earned in 2017. 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.  

Boston Red Sox Houston Astros
Player Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp 25.1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp 14.7
Kimbrel, Craig 2825 pi cp 8.7 Keuchel, Dallas 3050 pi sp 9.4
Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480 pi sp 8.7 McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp 9.4
Pomeranz, Drew 3061 pi sp 8.4 Reddick, Josh 2936 rf lf cf 8.0
Benintendi, Andrew 3815 lf 7.2 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp 7.7
Betts, Mookie 3404 rf 6.0 Peacock, Brad 2968 pi sp 7.4
Bogaerts, Xander 3383 ss 5.5 Correa, Carlos 3506 ss 7.0
Fister, Doug 2688 pi sp 5.0 Gonzalez, Marwin 3078 lf 6.7
Moreland, Mitch 2799 1b dh ph 5.0 Fiers, Michael 3029 pi sp 6.4
Vazquez, Christian 3380 ca 5.0 Springer, George 3337 rf cf 5.0
Price, David 2593 pi sp 4.7 Devenski, Chris 3702 pi mr 5.0
Leon, Sandy 3676 ca 3.5 Giles, Ken 3402 pi cp 5.0
Porcello, Rick 2573 pi sp 3.0 Maybin, Cameron 2672 cf lf 5.0
Nunez, Eduardo 2795 lf 3b 2b 3.0 McCann, Brian 2179 ca 4.0
Barnes, Matt 3466 pi mr cp 3.0 McHugh, Collin 3316 pi sp 3.7
Ramirez, Hanley 2119 dh 1b 2.0 Beltran, Carlos 1194 dh 3.7
Bradley, Jackie Jr. 3293 cf 2.0 Bregman, Alex 3721 3b 3.0
Pedroia, Dustin 2320 2b 2.0 Martes, Francis 3822 pi sp cp mr 3.0
Reed, Addison 3023 pi cp mr 2.0 Marisnick, Jake 3428 cf 2.7
Holt, Brock 3340 2b ph 1.5 Gurriel, Yuli 3796 1b 2.7
Davis, Rajai 2430 rf 1.5 Altuve, Jose 3007 2b 2.5
Abad, Fernando 3653 pi mr 1.0 Liriano, Francisco 2104 pi sp 2.0
Hembree, Heath 3620 pi cp 1.0 Musgrove, Joe 3705 pi sp mr 2.0
Young, Chris B. 2270 rf 1.0 White, Tyler 3638 1b 1.7
Johnson, Brian 3810 pi sp 1.0 Gattis, Evan 3179 ca ph 1.0
Marrero, Deven 3842 3b 1.0 Feliz, Michael 3632 pi mr cp 1.0
Velazquez, Hector 3853 pi cp 1.0 Harris, Will 3093 pi mr cp 1.0
Paulino, David 3828 pi sp 1.0
Totals 118.8 Totals 131.7
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AL Division Series, Game 1: Yankees at Indians

The New York Yankees rank fifth in Box-Toppers team rankings (121.7 Box-Toppers points) while the Cleveland Indians rank first (140.9). In the final 10 days of the season, the Indians picked up 8.2 Box-Toppers points while the Yankees picked up 7.7.

The pitching matchup Thursday:

Yankees—Sonny Gray, 8.4 Box-Toppers points, 68th among all players, 23rd among AL pitchers.

Indians—Trevor Bauer, 9.7 Box-Toppers points, 39th among all players, 13th among AL pitchers.

The Yankees have three players ranked in the top 10 in a Box-Toppers category:

  • Pitcher Luis Severino, 21.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked seventh overall and fourth among AL pitchers. Severino started the AL Wild Card Game, but didn’t fare well, lasting only 1/3 of an inning. Severino is tentatively slated to pitch if Game 4 of the series is necessary next Monday.
  • Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, 11.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked eighth among AL pitchers. Tanaka is slated to pitch in Game 3 on Sunday.
  • Right fielder Aaron Judge, 11.2 Box-Toppers points, ranked second among AL batters.

The Indians have six players ranked in the top 10 in a Box-Toppers category:

  • Pitcher Corey Kluber, 22.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked fifth among all players and second among AL pitchers. Kluber is slated to start Game 2 of the series on Friday.
  • Pitcher Carlos Carrasco, 21.8 Box-Toppers points, ranked sixth among all players and third among AL pitchers. Carrasco is slated to start Game 3 of the series on Sunday.
  • Pitcher Mike Clevinger, 11.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked ninth among AL pitchers. Usually a starter, Clevinger is expected to be used as a reliever during the series.
  • Designated hitter/first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, 12.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked first among AL batters.
  • Right fielder Jay Bruce, 10.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked fourth among AL batters.
  • Infielder Jose Ramirez, 10.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked fifth among AL batters.

Yankees vs. Indians

Here are players for both teams in the AL Division Series beginning Thursday. Players are listed for both teams ranked by Box-Toppers points earned in 2017. 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.  

New York Yankees Cleveland Indians
Player Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp 21.1 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp 22.0
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp 11.4 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp 21.8
Judge, Aaron 3767 rf 11.2 Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh 1b 12.1
Gray, Sonny 3259 pi sp 8.4 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp 11.4
Sabathia, C.C. 1492 pi sp 7.7 Bruce, Jay 2453 rf 10.0
Robertson, David 2774 pi cp 6.0 Ramirez, Jose 3436 3b 2b 10.0
Montgomery, Jordan 3814 pi sp 6.0 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp 9.7
Castro, Starlin 2767 2b 5.0 Salazar, Danny 3223 pi sp 6.7
Betances, Dellin 3333 pi cp mr 5.0 Gomes, Yan 3177 ca 5.5
Garcia, Jaime 2508 pi sp 4.0 Allen, Cody 3265 pi cp 5.0
Pineda, Michael 2841 pi sp 4.0 Miller, Andrew 2436 pi mr 4.0
Green, Chad 3675 pi mr 4.0 Lindor, Francisco 3586 ss 3.5
Sanchez, Gary 3701 ca dh 3.5 Chisenhall, Lonnie 2959 rf cf 3.5
Bird, Greg 3562 1b 3.5 Tomlin, Josh 2771 pi sp 3.0
Holliday, Matt 1836 dh 1b lf 3.0 Kipnis, Jason 2933 2b 2.5
Hicks, Aaron 3170 cf 3.0 Zimmer, Bradley 3858 cf 2.5
Headley, Chase 2552 3b ph 2.0 Diaz, Yandy 3896 dh 1.7
Warren, Adam 3169 pi mr 2.0 Shaw, Bryan 2995 pi cp 1.0
Gregorius, Didi 3184 ss 2.0 Santana, Carlos 2757 1b dh 1.0
Chapman, Aroldis 2826 pi cp 1.7 Almonte, Abraham 3554 rf 1.0
Gardner, Brett 2486 lf 1.7 Jackson, Austin 2694 cf lf 1.0
Frazier, Todd 2929 3b 1.5 Perez, Roberto 3379 ca 1.0
Shreve, Chasen 3482 pi mr 1.0 Merritt, Ryan 3898 pi sp 1.0
Andujar, Miguel 3839 dh 1.0
Frazier, Clint 3847 lf 1.0
Romine, Austin 3832 ca 1.0
Totals 121.7 Totals 140.9
What are those numbers after players' names?

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