Box-Toppers’ AL Division Series previews: Rays vs. Astros, Twins vs. Yankees

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Both American League Division Series begin Friday.

The AL Wild Card champion Tampa Bay Rays face the AL West champion Houston Astros in one best-of-five game series and the AL Central champion Minnesota Twins take on the New York Yankees, champions of the AL East, in the other series.

AL Division Series, Game 1: Rays at Astros

The Rays rank sixth in Box-Toppers team rankings (123.2 Box-Toppers points), while the Astros rank first (158.1 points).

The Astros finished the season stronger than the Rays, picking up 10.0 Box-Toppers points in the final 10 days of the season, while the Rays picked up 6.7.

The pitching matchup Friday:

Rays—Tyler Glasnow, 9.7 Box-Toppers points, 55th among all players, 22nd among AL pitchers.

Astros—Justin Verlander, 27.5 Box-Toppers points, second among all players, second among AL pitchers.

Glasnow ranks fourth among all Rays players in Box-Toppers points, behind pitchers Charlie Morton (18.8), Ryan Yarbrough (12.4) and Blake Snell (10.0). Verlander, who ranks second among all players and all AL pitchers, also ranks second among Astros players, behind overall leader Gerrit Cole (32.2).

Rays top batter is catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who earlier in 2019 was with the Mets and the Dodgers, but who earned all 6.2 of his 2019 Box-Toppers points with the Rays. d’Arnaud ranks 134th among all players and 25th among AL batters.

The Astros top batter is Alex Bregman with 10.0 Box-Toppers points, 48th among all players and fifth among AL batters.

The Box-Toppers point totals of all players on the teams’ active rosters at season’s end are below. Players who did not earn Box-Toppers points in 2019 are not listed. 

Rays vs. Astros

Here are players for both teams in the AL Division Series beginning Friday. Players are listed for both teams ranked by Box-Toppers points earned in 2019. 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.

Tampa Bay Rays Houston Astros
Player  Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp 18.8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp 32.2
Yarbrough, Ryan 3962 pi sp mr 12.4 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp 27.5
Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp 10.0 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp 17.9
Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp 9.7 Bregman, Alex 3721 3b ss 10.0
Chirinos, Yonny 4039 pi sp 7.0 Peacock, Brad 2968 pi sp 7.0
d’Arnaud, Travis 3384 ca 6.2 Miley, Wade 3006 pi sp 6.7
Kiermaier, Kevin 3373 cf 6.0 Springer, George 3337 cf 5.7
Choi, Ji-Man 3990 1b 4.2 McHugh, Collin 3316 pi sp mr 5.0
Anderson, Nick 4145 pi mr 4.0 Gurriel, Yuli 3796 3b 1b 4.5
Beeks, Jalen 4047 pi mr 3.7 Osuna, Roberto 3512 pi cp 4.0
Pham, Thomas 3596 lf 3.5 Sanchez, Aaron 3392 pi sp 3.7
Garcia, Avisail 3256 rf 3.5 Valdez, Framber 4048 pi sp mr 3.7
Meadows, Austin 4079 dh lf 3.5 Chirinos, Robinson 2924 ca 3.0
Richards, Trevor 3945 pi sp 3.0 James, Josh 4059 pi mr cp sp 3.0
Sogard, Eric 3174 2b dh ph 3.0 Reddick, Josh 2936 cf rf 3.0
McKay, Brendan 4182 pi sp 3.0 Urquidy, Jose 4194 pi sp 2.7
Aguilar, Jesus 3787 1b 2.5 Altuve, Jose 3007 2b 2.5
Castillo, Diego 3995 pi cp mr 2.0 Alvarez, Yordan 4209 dh 2.5
Adames, Willy 4041 ss 2.0 Diaz, Aledmys 3612 1b 2b ss 2.0
Zunino, Mike 3390 ca 2.0 Biagini, Joe 3646 pi mr 2.0
Pagan, Emilio 3876 pi mr cp 2.0 Correa, Carlos 3506 ss 1.5
Pruitt, Austin 3773 pi sp cp mr 1.7 Marisnick, Jake 3428 cf 1.5
Brosseau, Mike 4185 3b 1.5 Brantley, Michael 2785 lf 1.5
Alvarado, Jose 3797 pi cp mr 1.0 Maldonado, Martin 3082 ca 1.0
Diaz, Yandy 3896 3b dh 1.0 Rondon, Hector 3201 pi mr cp 1.0
Heredia, Guillermo 3859 lf 1.0 Harris, Will 3093 pi mr 1.0
Roe, Chaz 3597 pi mr 1.0 Pressly, Ryan 3186 pi mr 1.0
Duffy, Matt 3504 3b 1.0 Straw, Myles 4152 pr 1.0
Drake, Oliver 3826 pi cp 1.0
Lowe, Brandon 4108 2b 1.0
Poche, Colin 4165 pi mr 1.0
Totals 123.2 Totals 158.1
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AL Division Series, Game 1: Twins at Yankees

The Twins rank seventh in Box-Toppers team rankings (115.7 Box-Toppers points), while the Yankees rank fifth (123.4 points).

The Twins finished the season slightly stronger, picking up 7.5 Box-Toppers points in the regular season’s final 10 days, compared to the Yankees’ addition of 5.5 points over that span.

The pitching matchup Friday:

Twins—Jose Berrios, 10.7 Box-Toppers points, 38th among all players, 16th among AL pitchers.

Yankees—James Paxton, 14.1 Box-Toppers points, 19th among all players, eighth among AL pitchers.

Berrios ranks third among Twins players in Box-Toppers points behind designated hitter Nelson Cruz (12.5 Box-Toppers points, who leads all AL batters) and pitcher Jake Odorizzi (12.4 points).  Paxton leads all Yankees players in Box-Toppers points in 2019. Yankees top batter is infielder Gleyber Torres (12.0 Box-Toppers points, second among AL batters).

The Box-Toppers point totals of all players on the teams’ active rosters at season’s end are below. Players who did not earn Box-Toppers points in 2019 are not listed.

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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Twins vs. Yankees

Here are players for both teams in the AL Division Series beginning Friday. Players are listed for both teams ranked by Box-Toppers points earned in 2019. 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.

Minnesota Twins New York Yankees
Player Pos BTP Player Pos BTP
Cruz, Nelson Ramon 2224 dh 12.5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp 14.1
Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp 12.4 Torres, Gleyber 3972 ss 2b 12.0
Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp 10.7 German, Domingo 3957 pi sp 10.7
Gibson, Kyle 3312 pi sp 7.7 Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp 9.7
Garver, Mitch 3950 ca 7.5 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp 8.7
Rogers, Taylor 3648 pi cp 7.0 Gardner, Brett 2486 cf 8.5
Kepler, Max 3664 cf rf 6.7 Urshela, Gio 4135 3b 7.5
Schoop, Jonathan 3307 2b 5.0 Voit, Luke 4053 1b 5.5
Cron, C.J. 3338 1b 5.0 Gregorius, Didi 3184 ss 4.2
Pineda, Michael 2841 pi sp 5.0 Sanchez, Gary 3701 ca 4.0
Sano, Miguel 3527 3b 4.0 LeMahieu, DJ 3091 2b 3b 1b 3.5
Polanco, Jorge 3739 ss 3.5 Ford, Mike 4235 1b dh ph 3.5
Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf ph 3.0 Sabathia, CC 1492 pi sp 3.0
Gonzalez, Marwin 3078 rf dh 3.0 Chapman, Aroldis 2826 pi cp 3.0
Smeltzer, Devin 4149 pi sp 3.0 Holder, Jonathan 4118 pi cp mr 3.0
Perez, Martin 3213 pi sp 2.7 Frazier, Clint 3847 lf rf ph 2.5
Adrianza, Ehire 3902 ss 3b 2.5 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp 2.0
Astudillo, Willians 4090 2b 3b ph 2.5 Ottavino, Adam 3054 pi mr cp 2.0
Buxton, Byron 3604 cf 1.5 Cessa, Luis 3703 pi mr 2.0
Castro, Jason 2743 ca 1.5 Cortes, Nestor Jr. 4160 pi mr 2.0
May, Trevor 3417 pi cp mr 1.0 Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh 1.5
Romo, Sergio 2539 pi cp 1.0 Tauchman, Mike 4212 lf 1.5
Cave, Jake 3992 lf rf 1.0 Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 lf dh 1.0
LaMarre, Ryan 4057 cf 1.0 Judge, Aaron 3767 rf 1.0
Hildenberger, Trevor 3846 pi mr cp 1.0 Loaisiga, Jonathan 3998 pi mr sp 1.0
Arraez, Luis 4219 2b 1.0 Maybin, Cameron 2672 lf 1.0
Dobnak, Randy 4263 pi sp 1.0 Green, Chad 3675 pi mr 1.0
Graterol, Brusdar 4249 pi mr 1.0 Romine, Austin 3832 ca 1.0
Harper, Ryne 4157 pi mr 1.0 Adams, Chance 4145 pi cp 1.0
Kahnle, Tommy 4138 pi mr 1.0
Tarpley, Stephen 4193 pi cp 1.0
Totals 115.7 Totals 123.4
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