Braves’ Mike Soroka, Dodgers’ Russell Martin top players in Sunday's pair of NLDS games

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Braves pitcher Mike Soroka and Russell Martin of the Dodgers are Sunday’s Box-Toppers top players in a pair of National League Division Series games.

NLDS Game 3: Braves 3, Cardinals 1

Soroka struck out seven over seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks. 

Soroka did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Braves trailed when he exited. The Braves scored all three of their runs in the ninth inning.

Soroka had 11.4 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, 34th among all players, 16th among NL pitchers.

Soroka had a Box-Toppers game score Sunday of +10.0, most among all Braves players. Shortstop Dansby Swanson had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+1.0) among Braves batters (HR 2-2B 3-4 R BI).

Until the Braves took the lead, Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was in line to earn Player of the Game honors. He had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+9.2) among Cardinals players (7.2IP 4H 0R 2BB 8K ND).

The Braves lead the best-of-five game series, 2-1, which resumes Monday in St. Louis.

NLDS Game 3: Dodgers 10, Nationals 4

Martin homered, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs.

Martin had 1.0 Box-Toppers point during the regular season, 657th among all players and 167th among NL batters.

Martin had a Box-Toppers game score Sunday of +4.0, highest among Dodgers players. Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu had a Box-Toppers game score of -2.0 (5IP 4H 2R 2BB 3K W). Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez had a higher Box-Toppers game score of +6.0 (5IP 4H R 2BB 9K ND) but it was in the loss.

The Dodgers lead the best-of-five game series, 2-1, which resumes Monday in Washington.

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
+10.0 `ATL 3, STL 1 Mike Soroka 7.0 2 1 1 0 7
+4.0 LAD 10, WSH 4 Russell Martin C 4 2 2 4
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
` Pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Coming Monday: The league Division Series playoffs resume:

ALDS Game 3: Astros lead Rays, 2-0

The pitching matchup Monday:

Astros—Zack Greinke, 17.9 Box-Toppers points, seventh among all players, fifth among AL pitchers.

Rays—Charlie Morton, 18.8 Box-Toppers points, fifth among all players, third among AL pitchers.

See the season Box-Toppers point totals of all Rays and Astros players who earned Player of the Game honors in 2019.

NLDS Game 4: Braves lead Cardinals, 2-1

The pitching matchup Monday:

Braves—As of Monday morning, no starting pitcher had been announced. It could be Julio Teheran or Dallas Keuchel, returning on short rest from his Game 1 start.

Julio Teheran, 8.0 Box-Toppers points, 79th among all players, 32nd among NL pitchers.

Dallas Keuchel, 3.7 Box-Toppers points, 266th among all players, 83rd among NL pitchers.

Cardinals—Dakota Hudson, 7.7 Box-Toppers points, 95th among all players, 41st among NL pitchers.

See the Box-Toppers point totals of all Cardinals and Braves players who earned Player of the Game honors in 2019.

NLDS Game 4: Dodgers lead Nationals, 2-1

The pitching matchup Monday:

Dodgers—Rich Hill, 4.0 Box-Toppers points, 228th among all players, 71st among NL pitchers.

Nationals—Max Scherzer, 15.4 Box-Toppers points, 15th among all players, ninth among NL pitchers.

See the Box-Toppers point totals of all Nationals and Dodgers players who earned Player of the Game honors in 2019.

ALDS Game 3: Yankees lead Twins, 2-0

The pitching matchup Monday:

Yankees—Luis Severino, 2.0 Box-Toppers points, 441st among all players, 94th among AL pitchers. (Severino was out injured much of the 2019 season. In 2018, he had 17.7 Box-Toppers points, 10th among all players.)

Twins—Jake Odorizzi, 12.4 Box-Toppers points, 27th among all players, 12th among AL pitchers.

See the season Box-Toppers point totals of all Twins and Yankees players who earned Player of the Game honors in 2019.

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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