Colorado Rockies face the Chicago Cubs in NL Wild Card Game Tuesday

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The Colorado Rockies visit the Chicago Cubs  in the National League one-game Wild Card playoff game Tuesday.

Starting pitchers are:

Rockies—Kyle Freeland, 12.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked 30th among all players, 13th among NL pitchers.

Cubs—Jon Lester, 10.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 40th among all players, 20th among NL pitchers.

The Rockies rank 13th in overall Box-Toppers team rankings with its players accumulating 106.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, seventh among NL teams and lowest among all 10 teams qualifying for the postseason. They rank below three teams that did not qualify for the postseason—the St. Louis Cardinals (ranked 10th with 110.2 points), the Arizona Diamondbacks (ranked 11th with 109.1) and the Seattle Mariners (ranked 12th with 108.0).

The Cubs rank seventh in overall Box-Toppers team rankings with its players accumulating 122.5 Box-Toppers points in 2018, third among NL teams.

The Rockies finished the season slightly better than the Cubs, picking up 9.0 Box-Toppers points since Sept. 20. The Cubs picked up 7.0 points in that span.

The highest-ranking player on either team is Rockies pitcher German Marquez (14.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 17th among all players, sixth among NL pitchers) who started Monday’s NL tiebreaker game loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers to determine NL West champion. Marquez picked up the loss in that game (4.2IP 5H 4R 2ER 2BB 9K L).

Rockies top batter is Nolan Arenado (5.0 Box-Toppers points), who ranks 180th among all players, 31st among NL batters.

The highest-ranking player on the Cubs is pitcher Cole Hamels (11.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked 37th among all players and 18th among NL pitchers). Hamels last appeared Saturday, Sept. 29, picking up the loss against the Cardinals.

Cubs top batter is first baseman Anthony Rizzo. His 10.0 Box-Toppers points ranks 50th among all players and second among NL batters.

Note: Third basemen Kris Bryant does not appear among the list of Cubs below because the 2016 NL MVP did not earn Box-Toppers points in 2018. Bryant, who was injured much of this season, played in just 102 games in 2018.

The winner of the NL Wild Card game will face the Brewers in the best-of-five NL Division Series beginning Thursday in Milwaukee. The Brewers are Box-Toppers top-ranked NL team with 132.4 Box-Toppers points. They rank third overall.

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Rockies vs. Cubs

Here are players for both teams in the NL Wild Card Game Tuesday. Players are listed for both teams ranked by Box-Toppers points earned in 2018. 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.

Colorado Rockies Chicago Cubs
Player Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
Marquez, German 3788 pi sp 14.7 Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp 11.1
Freeland, Kyle 3763 pi sp 12.4 Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp 10.7
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp 11.7 Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp 10.1
Anderson, Tyler 3656 pi sp 8.0 Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b 10.0
Davis, Wade 2681 pi cp 7.0 Baez, Javier 3395 ss 2b 3b 10.0
Story, Trevor 3607 ss 6.0 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp 8.7
Arenado, Nolan 3306 3b 5.0 Darvish, Yu 3003 pi sp 5.4
Gonzalez, Carlos 2460 rf 4.5 Contreras, Willson 3776 ca 5.0
Senzatela, Antonio 3760 pi sp mr 4.0 Strop, Pedro 3005 pi mr cp 5.0
Oberg, Scott 4024 pi mr 4.0 Schwarber, Kyle 3536 lf 4.0
LeMahieu, DJ 3091 2b 3.5 Zobrist, Ben 2216 lf 2b rf 1b 4.0
Dahl, David 3714 rf cf 3.5 La Stella, Tommy 3367 2b ph 4.0
Bettis, Chad 3481 pi sp 3.0 Bote, David 4032 2b 3b 4.0
Ottavino, Adam 3054 pi mr cp 3.0 Montgomery, Mike 3513 pi sp 3.0
Blackmon, Charlie 2891 cf 2.5 Happ, Ian 3798 lf cf 3.0
Desmond, Ian 2673 1b 2.5 Rosario, Randy 3980 pi mr 3.0
Parra, Gerardo 2746 lf ph 2.0 Murphy, Daniel 2589 2b 2.5
McGee, Jake 3385 pi mr 2.0 Garcia, Jaime 2508 pi sp mr 2.0
McMahon, Ryan 4004 ph 1.7 Chavez, Jesse 2780 pi cp sp 2.0
Oh, Seunghwan 3693 pi cp 1.0 Cishek, Steve 2997 pi mr 2.0
Cuevas, Noel 4015 rf 1.0 Heyward, Jason 2695 rf 2.0
Murphy, Tom 4030 ph 1.0 Caratini, Victor 4026 ca 2.0
Chatwood, Tyler 2856 pi sp 1.0
Kintzler, Brandon 3150 pi cp 1.0
Wilson, Justin 3140 pi mr cp 1.0
Edwards, Carl Jr. 3775 pi mr 1.0
Russell, Addison 3559 ss 1.0
Almora, Albert Jr. 3764 cf 1.0
Wilson, Bobby 3071 ca 1.0
Bass, Anthony 2974 pi mr 1.0
Mills, Alec 4052 pi sp 1.0
Totals 106.0 Totals 122.5
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