Morton, Scherzer, Torres, Goldschmidt top players in Monday's four league division series games

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In four league division series playoff games Monday these are Box-Toppers Players of the Game:

  • Rays pitcher Charlie Morton is top player in Monday’s 10-3 win over the Astros.

  • Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is top player in Monday’s 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

  • Gleyber Torres of the Yankees is top player in Monday’s 5-1 win over the Twins.

  • Paul Goldschmidt of the Cardinals is top player in Monday’s 5-4, 10-inning win over the Braves.

ALDS Game 3: Rays 10, Astros 3

Morton struck out nine over five innings, allowing one run, three hits and two walks.

Morton earned 18.8 Box-Toppers points in 2019, fifth among all players and third among American League pitchers, behind Astros pitchers Gerrit Cole (32.2) and Justin Verlander (27.5).

Morton had a Box-Toppers game score Monday of +7.0, highest among Rays players. Shortstop Willy Adames had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+1.0) among Rays batters (HR 2B 3-3 2R BI).

Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke had a Box-Toppers game score of -9.8 (3.2IP 5H 6R BB 5K L). Greinke ranked seventh in Box-Toppers season player rankings, fifth among AL pitchers. Despite his relatively high ranking, he is the only Astros starter who had fewer Box-Toppers points than his Rays starting pitching opponent in the series so far.

The Astros lead the best-of-five-game series, 2-1, which resumes Tuesday in Tampa Bay.

NLDS Game 4: Nationals 6, Dodgers 1

Scherzer struck out seven over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and three walks.

Scherzer had 15.4 Box-Toppers points in 2019, 15th among all players, ninth among National League pitchers.

Scherzer had a Box-Toppers game score Monday of +5.0, highest among Nationals players. Third baseman Anthony Rendon had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+3.0) among Nationals batters (1-2 R 3BI).

The Nationals tie the best-of-five game series with the Dodgers, 2-2, which concludes Wednesday in Los Angeles.

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 5, Twins 1

Torres homered, hit two doubles and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in one run.

Torres had 12.0 Box-Toppers points in 2019, 30th among all players and second among AL batters, behind Nelson Cruz of the Twins (12.5).

Torres had a Box-Toppers game score Monday of +3.0, highest among Yankees players. Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0 (4IP 4H 0R 2BB 4K ND) and closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman had a game score of +2.2 (1.2IP H 0R BB 3K Sv).

The Yankees sweep the series from the Twins, 3-0, and advance to the AL Championship Series against either the Rays or the Astros, which begins Saturday.

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

NLDS Game 4: Cardinals 5, Braves 4 (10 innings)

Goldschmidt homered, hit two doubles and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in one run.

Goldschmidt had 7.5 Box-Toppers points in 2019, 96th among all players and 12th among NL batters.

He had a Box-Toppers game score Monday of +2.0, highest among all Cardinals players. Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson had a Box-Toppers game score of -5.8 (4.2IP 5H 4R ER 2BB 2K ND). Miles Mikolas, who closed the game for the Cardinals, had a game score of +1.0 (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 0K W).

The Cardinals tie the best-of-five game series with the Braves, 2-2, which concludes Wednesday in Atlanta.

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

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
+7.0 TB 10, HOU 3 Charlie Morton (W, 2‑0) 5 3 1 1 2 9
+5.0 WSH 6, LAD 1 Max Scherzer (W, 1‑0) 7 4 1 1 3 7
+3.0 NYY 5, MIN 1 Gleyber Torres 2B 4 3 3 1
+2.0 STL 5, ATL 4 (F/10) Paul Goldschmidt 1B 4 2 3 1
BTG—Box-Toppers game score
` Pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Coming Tuesday: One AL Division Series resumes:

ALDS Game 4: Astros lead Rays, 2-1

The pitching matchup Tuesday:

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

Rays—Diego Castillo, 2.0 Box-Toppers points, 440th among all players, 102nd 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.

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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