Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks is Box-Toppers top player in Friday’s four league division series playoff games.
The other three Players of the Game Friday:
- Justin Turner of the Dodgers.
- Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin.
- Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel.
NLDS Game 1: Cubs 3, Nationals 0
Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, three walks and striking out six.
During the regular season, Hendricks had 3.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 280th among all players, 76th among NL pitchers.
Hendricks had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+8.0) among the four who earned Player of the Game honors Friday. However, Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (22.5 Box-Toppers points, ranked fourth among all players, third among NL pitchers) actually had a higher Box-Toppers game score in the loss. Strasburg (7IP 3H 2R 0ER BB 10K L) had a Box-Toppers game score of +11.0.
Jon Jay had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+1.0) among Cubs batters, hitting a pinch-hit double (1-1 R).
The Cubs now lead the best-of-five game series, 1-0, which resumes Saturday in Washington.
NLDS Game 1: Dodgers 9, Diamondbacks 5
Justin Turner of the Dodgers hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in five runs.
During the regular season, Turner had 2.5 Box-Toppers points, 98th among NL batters.
Turner had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +5.0.
Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (23.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked third among all players, second among NL pitchers) had a Box-Toppers game score of -2.9 (6.1IP 5H 4R 3BB 7K W).
The Dodgers now lead the best-of-five game series, 1-0, which resumes Saturday in Los Angeles.
ALDS Game 2: Indians 9, Yankees 8 (13 innings)
Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin pitched two perfect innings of extra-innings relief, striking out three and earning the win.
Tomlin, normally a starter, pitched the 12th and 13th innings as the Indians ran out of relievers.
Tomlin had just 3.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, 86th among AL pitchers. His Box-Toppers game score of +5.0 was highest among Indians’ players.
Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber (22.0 Box-Toppers points, fifth among all players, second among AL pitchers) had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of -13.8 (2.2IP 7H 6R BB 4K ND).
Indians top batter Friday was Francisco Lindor, who had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0 (GS 1-5 2R 4BI).
The Indians now lead the best-of-five game series, 2-0, which resumes Sunday in New York.
ALDS Game 2, Astros 8, Red Sox 2
Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run, three hits and three walks.
During the regular season Keuchel had 9.4 Box-Toppers points, 48th among all players, 15th among AL pitchers. He had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +4.2, most among Astros players.
Carlos Correa had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+4.0) among Astros batters (HR 2B 2-4 2R 4BI).
The Astros now lead the best-of-five game series, 2-0, which resumes Sunday in Boston.
Top player from each game
|BTG||Game||Player of the Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|8.0||CHC 3, WSH 0||Kyle Hendricks W (1-0)||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||3||6|
|5.0||LAD 9, ARI 5||Justin Turner 3B||4||1||3||5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||CLE 9, NYY 8 (F/13)||Josh Tomlin W (1-0)||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|4.2||HOU 8, BOS 2||Dallas Keuchel W (1-0)||-||-||-||-||5.2||3||1||1||3||7|
Coming Saturday: The National League Division Series playoffs resume with two Game 2s:
NL Division Series Game 2, Cubs lead Nationals, 1-0
The pitching matchup Saturday:
Cubs—Jon Lester, 10.7 Box-Toppers points, 33rd among all players, 16th among NL pitchers.
Nationals—Gio Gonzalez, 9.7 Box-Toppers points, 41st among all players, 20th among NL pitchers.
NL Division Series Game 2, Dodgers lead Diamondbacks, 1-0
The pitching matchup Saturday:
Diamondbacks—Robbie Ray, 16.0 Box-Toppers points, 10th among all players, fifth among NL pitchers.
Dodgers—Rich Hill, 12.7 Box-Toppers points, 21st among all players, 12th among NL pitchers.
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