Astros’ Cole, Nationals’ Corbin top players in Tuesday's league championship games

Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole and Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin are top players in Tuesday’s pair of league championship games.

The Astros take a 2-1 lead over the Yankees in the American League Championship Series and the Nationals win the National League Championship Series, sweeping the Cardinals, 4-0.

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NLCS Preview: Wild card Nationals seem to hold the cards against Cardinals

Though the Washington Nationals are the Wild Card team, they seem to hold most of the advantages over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series.

The Nationals have more wins and rank higher in Box-Toppers team rankings than the NL Central champion Cardinals. Still, the Cardinals have a Box-Toppers point advantage in starting batting lineups, as the teams begin the best-of-seven games series Friday in St. Louis.

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Milwaukee Brewers face Washington Nationals in NL Wild Card Game Tuesday

The Milwaukee Brewers visit the Washington Nationals in the National League one-game Wild Card playoff game Tuesday.

Starting pitchers are:

Brewers—Brandon Woodruff, 7.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 94th among all players, 40th among NL pitchers.

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

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A look at Box-Toppers top 100 players of 'all-time' after the 2018 season

Randy Johnson leads all players in career Box-Toppers points and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The most likely rival to Johnson’s throne at the moment is Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw who has 214.8 career Box-Toppers points, third among all players since 1995 and most among active players. 

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A look at Box-Toppers' top 100 players for 2017-18 and 2013-18

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Box-Toppers’ top-ranked player over both the past two seasons and past six seasons.

Scherzer has the most Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons (50.1 over 2017 and 2018) and the most points over the past six seasons (137.0 from 2013 to 2018).

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A look at Box-Toppers’ top 100 players for 2018

Blake Snell tops Box-Toppers list of the top 100 players in 2018.

The Rays pitcher had 27.2 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, which is the 12th-highest single-season point total since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.

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Box-Toppers 2018 year-end All-Star teams

The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for the 2018 regular season are led by overall Box-Toppers points leader, Rays pitcher Blake Snell.

The American League and National League All-Star teams are composed of the players with the highest Box-Toppers point totals by position in each league. In addition to the batters—eight in the NL and nine (including the designated hitter) in the AL—are the top four starting pitchers in each league and the top closing pitcher.

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NLCS preview: Surging Brewers hold key Box-Toppers advantages over Dodgers

The surging Milwaukee Brewers hold several key advantages over the Los Angeles Dodgers as they enter the National League Championship Series.

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Kyle Freeland tops players as Rockies beat Cubs in NL Wild Card Game

Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day in the National League Wild Card Game.

Freeland struck out six over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 2-1, 13-inning win over the Cubs, as the Rockies advance to the NL Division Series Thursday against the Brewers.

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

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

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In NL tiebreaker games Monday, Dodgers’ Buehler, Brewers’ Hader earn Player of the Game honors

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, in one of two National League tiebreaker games to determine postseason seeding.

Meanwhile, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader is Box-Toppers Player of the Game in the other game.

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