Indians' Bauer, Astros' Altuve top players in Thursday's AL Division Series openers

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Trevor Bauer of the Indians and Jose Altuve of the Astros are Box-Toppers Players of the Game in Thursday’s pair of American League Division Series openers.

Bauer struck out eight over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 4-0 win over the Yankees. The Indians now lead the Yankees 1-0 in the best-of-five series.

Bauer had 9.7 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, 39th among all players and 13th among AL pitchers.

Bauer had a Box-Toppers game score Thursday of +11.2. Indians top batter in the game was right fielder Jay Bruce (HR 2B 2-3 2R 3BI), with a Box-Toppers game score of +4.0.

Astros 8, Red Sox 2—In the other ALDS Game 1, Jose Altuve of the Astros earned Player of the Game, hitting three solo home runs and going 3-for-4.

During the regular season, Altuve had only 2.5 Box-Toppers points, earning Player of the Game honors in just two Astros wins in 2017. However, in 2016, he had 12.5 points and ranked third among AL batters.

Altuve had a Box-Toppers game score Thursday of +5.0. Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander had a Box-Toppers game score of -3.0 (6IP 6H 2R 2BB 3K W). Verlander had 14.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 16th among all players and sixth among AL pitchers.

Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale had a Box-Toppers game score Thursday of -13.0. Sale is Box-Toppers 2017 Player of the Year, leading all players with 25.1 Box-Toppers points.

Top player from each game

BTG Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
11.2 CLE 4, NYY 0 Trevor Bauer W (1-0) - - - - 6.2 2 0 0 1 8
5.0 HOU 8, BOS 2 Jose Altuve 2B 4 3 3 3 - - - - - -
BTG—Box-Toppers game score

AL Division Series Game 2, Astros lead Red Sox, 1-0

The pitching matchup Friday:

Red Sox—Drew Pomeranz, 8.4 Box-Toppers points, 66th among all players, 22nd among AL pitchers.

Astros—Dallas Keuchel, 9.4 Box-Toppers points, 48th among all players, 15th among AL pitchers.

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

AL Division Series Game 2, Indians lead Yankees, 1-0

The pitching matchup Friday:

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.

See the season Box-Toppers point totals of all Yankees and Indians players who earned Player of the Game honors in 2016.

NL Division Series Game 1, Cubs at Nationals

The Washington Nationals rank third in Box-Toppers final 2017 team rankings with 135.3 Box-Toppers points. The Chicago Cubs rank sixth with 120.5.

However, the Cubs ended the season on a hot streak, earning 9.7 points in the season’s final 10 days. The Nationals earned 5.7 points in that span.

The pitching matchup Friday:

Cubs—Kyle Hendricks, 3.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 280th among all players, ranked 76th among NL pitchers. 

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

The Nationals have two players ranked among Box-Toppers overall top 10 players. In addition to Strasburg, starting Friday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer ranks second among all players with 25.0 Box-Toppers points, first among NL pitchers. Scherzer would likely have started Game 1 but was pulled from his final start of the season last Saturday with hamstring issues. With those issues lingering, he is now tentatively scheduled to start Game 3 on Monday.

The Cubs have two players ranked among top 10 in specific player categories:

  • Jose Quintana (15.0 Box-Toppers points) ranks ninth among NL pitchers. Quintana is scheduled to start Game 3, possibly matching up against Scherzer.
  • Anthony Rizzo (15.5 Box-Toppers points) ranks first among NL batters. 

Cubs vs. Nationals

Here are players for both teams in the NL Division Series beginning Friday. 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.  

Chicago Cubs Washington Nationals
Player Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b 15.5 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp 25.0
Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp 15.0 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp 22.5
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp 10.7 Gonzalez, Gio 2626 pi sp 9.7
Arrieta, Jake 2738 pi sp 6.7 Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b 8.0
Lackey, John 1640 pi sp 6.0 Murphy, Daniel 2589 2b 7.5
Bryant, Kris 3465 3b 6.0 Zimmerman, Ryan 2180 1b 7.2
Montgomery, Mike 3513 pi sp 6.0 Roark, Tanner 3261 pi sp 7.0
Contreras, Willson 3776 ca 5.5 Harper, Bryce 3011 rf 7.0
Baez, Javier 3395 2b 3b 5.2 Doolittle, Sean 3052 pi cp 6.0
Davis, Wade 2681 pi cp 5.0 Kintzler, Brandon 3150 pi cp 6.0
Schwarber, Kyle 3536 lf 4.5 Madson, Ryan 1841 pi mr 4.0
Wilson, Justin 3140 pi cp 4.0 Taylor, Michael 3447 cf 3.7
Avila, Alex 2642 ca 1b 4.0 Ross, Joe 3499 pi sp 3.0
Edwards, Carl Jr. 3775 pi mr 4.0 Albers, Matt 2274 pi cp mr 3.0
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp 3.7 Wieters, Matt 2643 ca 2.0
Russell, Addison 3559 ss 3.5 Lind, Adam 2238 1b ph 2.0
Almora, Albert Jr. 3764 cf 3.5 Jackson, Edwin 1812 pi sp 2.0
Happ, Ian 3798 cf lf 3b 3.0 Turner, Trea 3730 ss 1.7
Butler, Eddie 3483 pi sp 2.7 Kendrick, Howie 2191 2b lf 1b 1.5
Heyward, Jason 2695 rf 2.0 Drew, Stephen 2210 ss 2b 1.5
Jay, Jon 2861 lf ph 2.0 Lobaton, Jose 3216 ca 1.0
Uehara, Koji 2802 pi cp 1.0 Romero, Enny 3726 pi mr 1.0
Rivera, Rene 3323 ca 1.0 Turner, Jacob 3120 pi cp sp 1.0
Goodwin, Brian 3835 lf cf 1.0
Grace, Matt 3888 pi sp 1.0
Totals 120.5 Totals 135.3
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NL Division Series Game 1, Diamondbacks at Dodgers

The Dodgers led Box-Toppers team rankings much of the season, but slumped late and finished second overall (behind the Cleveland Indians) with 138.9 points, leading all NL teams.

The Diamondbacks finished eighth among all teams with 118.3 Box-Toppers points, fourth among NL teams.

The pitching matchup Friday:

Diamondbacks—Taijuan Walker, 5.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 188th among all players, 54th among NL pitchers.

Dodgers—Clayton Kershaw, 23.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked third among all players, second among NL pitchers.

In addition to Kershaw, there are two other Dodgers players among the top 10 in specific Box-Toppers categories:

  • Alex Wood (15.7 Box-Toppers points) ranks eighth among NL pitchers. Wood is scheduled to start Game 4 (if necessary) on Tuesday.
  • Cody Bellinger (8.7 Box-Toppers points) ranks 10th among NL batters. Bellinger earned 7.7 of his points prior to the All-Star break. He earned just 1.0 additional point the rest of the season on Aug. 12.

The Diamondbacks have two pitchers among Box-Toppers overall top 10 players, but both were used in Wednesday’s NL Wild Card Game and were not available to start Friday:

  • Zack Greinke (20.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked eighth overall, fourth among NL pitchers) is now slated to start Game 3 on Monday. Greinke pitched 3 2/3 innings on Wednesday.
  • Robbie Ray (16.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 10th overall, fifth among NL pitchers) is slated as a possibility to start Game 2 Saturday. Ray pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief on Wednesday.

Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers

Here are players for both teams in the NL Division Series beginning Friday. 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.  

Arizona Diamondbacks Los Angeles Dodgers
Player Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp 20.1 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp 23.1
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp 16.0 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp 15.7
Godley, Zack 3538 pi sp 11.0 Darvish, Yu 3003 pi sp 13.0
Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp 9.7 Hill, Rich 2215 pi sp 12.7
Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b 7.4 Maeda, Kenta 3609 pi sp 10.0
Rodney, Fernando 1803 pi cp 7.0 Bellinger, Cody 3781 1b rf lf 8.7
Lamb, Jake 3517 3b 6.9 Jansen, Kenley 2871 pi cp 7.0
Martinez, J.D. 2922 rf 5.5 Seager, Corey 3587 ss 7.0
Walker, Taijuan 3453 pi sp 5.0 Puig, Yasiel 3193 rf 6.0
Drury, Brandon 3744 2b 4.5 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp 5.0
Iannetta, Chris 2239 ca 3.2 Taylor, Chris 3684 lf 4.5
Pollock, A.J. 3142 cf 2.5 McCarthy, Brandon 2082 pi sp 4.0
Herrmann, Chris 3196 ca ph 2.0 Granderson, Curtis 2051 rf lf 3.2
Peralta, David 3370 rf 2.0 Utley, Chase 1861 2b 1b ph 3.0
McFarland, T.J. 3585 pi mr cp 2.0 Turner, Justin 2865 3b 2.5
Sherfy, Jimmie 3891 pi mr cp 2.0 Forsythe, Logan 3364 2b 2.0
Vargas, Ildemaro 3924 3b 1.5 Grandal, Yasmani 3058 ca 1.5
Tomas, Yasmany 3489 lf 1.0 Urias, Julio 3652 pi sp 1.0
Bradley, Archie 3438 pi mr sp 1.0 Stripling, Ross 3629 pi mr sp 1.0
Miller, Shelby 3134 pi sp 1.0 Watson, Tony 3215 pi mr cp 1.0
Descalso, Daniel 2855 ph 1b 1.0 Pederson, Joc 3621 cf 1.0
Hoover, J.J. 3163 pi mr 1.0 Hernandez, Enrique 3541 2b ph 1.0
Chafin, Andrew 3397 pi mr 1.0 Baez, Pedro 3678 pi mr 1.0
Delgado, Randall 2939 pi sp 1.0 Ethier, Andre 2137 rf lf ph 1.0
Fuentes, Reymond 3301 cf ph 1.0 Fields, Josh 3247 pi mr 1.0
Banda, Anthony 3867 pi sp 1.0 Ravin, Josh 3501 pi cp 1.0
Hazelbaker, Jeremy 3759 ph 1.0 Barnes, Austin 3856 ca 1.0
Totals 118.3 Totals 138.9
What are those numbers after players' names?

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