Twins' Jose Berrios tops players for Wednesday, Aug. 30; Nationals' Strasburg rises to 4th in Box-Toppers rankings

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Twins pitcher Jose Berrios is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Aug. 30:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.0
2 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 22.1
3 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 22.1
4 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 16.1
5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 15.4
6 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 15.1
7 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 15.1
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 15.0
9 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 14.7
10 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 14.4
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Also Wednesday, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning National League Player of the Day honors. Plus, Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians extends his 2017 Box-Toppers points lead among American League batters after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Berrios struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 11-1 win over the White Sox.

National League Player of the Day—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitched a complete-game, six-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one, in the 4-0 win over the Marlins.

Strasburg earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 16.1 for the season, rising from ninth to fourth place in season player rankings. He ranks third among NL pitchers, behind teammate Max Scherzer (23.0) and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (22.1).

American League Batter of the Day—Wellington Castillo of the Orioles homered, doubled and went 4-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 8-7 win over the Mariners.

National League Batter of the Day—Jonathan Villar of the Brewers homered and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

Rankings—Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians extended his 2017 Box-Toppers points lead among AL batters after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Encarnacion (HR 2-4 2R 2BI in the 9-4 win over the Yankees) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.1 for the season. He leads second-place AL batter Ryon Healy of the Athletics (9.7) by 2.4 points. He ranks 15th among all players.

Notable—Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander now has 148.0 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Verlander (6IP 3H R BB 9K W in the 6-2 win over the Rockies) ranks 25th among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 24th-ranked player Javier Vazquez (148.3). Verlander has 8.7 Box-Toppers points on the season, 13th among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Berrios earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Strasburg earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Castillo and Villar each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

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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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score 

8/30 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 MIN 11, CHW 1 Jose Berríos (W, 12-6) - - - - 7.0 4 0 0 1 11
NL 10.0 WSH 4, MIA 0 Stephen Strasburg (W, 11-4) - - - - 9.0 6 0 0 1 8
9.1 NYM 2, CIN 0 Rafael Montero (W, 3-9) - - - - 8.1 3 0 0 4 8
9.0 TEX 8, HOU 1 Andrew Cashner (W, 8-9) - - - - 8.0 3 1 1 0 6
9.0 DET 6, COL 2 Justin Verlander (W, 10-8) - - - - 6.0 3 1 1 1 9
8.2 ARI 6, LAD 4 Robbie Ray (W, 11-5) - - - - 6.2 4 1 1 2 10
7.0 ATL 9, PHI 1 R.A. Dickey (W, 9-8) - - - - 8.0 7 1 1 1 9
6.2 ATL 5, PHI 2 Julio Teherán (W, 9-11) - - - - 6.2 5 1 1 1 8
BAT 5.0 BAL 8, SEA 7 Wellington Castillo C 4 2 4 3 - - - - - -
5.0 LAA 10, OAK 8 Mike Trout CF 4 4 4 1 - - - - - -
5.0 BOS 7, TOR 1 Mitch Moreland PH-DH 2 1 2 4 - - - - - -
5.0 CHC 17, PIT 3 Jose Quintana (W, 5-3) - - - - 6.0 4 3 3 0 9
4.1 CLE 2, NYY 1 Cody Allen (S, 22) - - - - 1.1 0 0 0 0 3
4.0 TB 5, KC 3 Steve Cishek (H, 10) - - - - 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
3.1 SD 5, SF 0 Brad Hand (S, 14) - - - - 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
BAT 3.0 MIL 6, STL 5 Jonathan Villar 2B 4 2 2 3 - - - - - -
2.0 CLE 9, NYY 4 Edwin Encarnación 1B 4 2 2 2 - - - - - -
MLB—Overall Box-Toppers Player of the Day, worth 2.0 total Box-Toppers points.
AL—Overall American League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
NL—Overall National League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
BAT—Top AL or NL Batter of the Day, worth 1.5 total Box-Toppers points.
All other players listed here earn Player of the Game honors, worth 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
` Pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Box-Toppers point totals of the day’s top players

Here are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Players of the Game. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (’17). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’16-17), the period 2012-2017 (’12-17) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2017 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2016 total (+/-).  

Player of the Game Pos Team ’17 ’16-17 ’12-17 Career +/-
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 16.1 31.2 90.3 99.0 1.0
Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh 1b cle al 12.1 20.1 55.2 79.2 4.1
Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 12.0 22.4 47.2 47.2 1.6
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 12.0 18.7 22.7 22.7 5.3
Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 9.0
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp det al 8.7 23.4 68.6 148.0 -6.0
Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 5.0 15.7 51.5 51.5 -5.7
Moreland, Mitch 2799 1b dh ph bos al 5.0 8.5 21.7 23.7 1.5
Dickey, R.A. 1734 pi sp atl nl 4.7 11.7 51.9 82.6 -2.3
Castillo, Wellington 3251 ca bal al 4.0 9.0 15.5 15.5 -1.0
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp sd nl 3.7 8.7 12.7 13.7 -1.3
Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 3.0 15.5 50.5 52.0 -9.5
Allen, Cody 3265 pi cp cle al 3.0 10.0 19.0 19.0 -4.0
Villar, Jonathan 3233 2b ss mil nl 2.5 6.5 8.5 8.5 -1.5
Cishek, Steve 2997 pi mr cp tb al 2.0 7.0 27.0 27.0 -3.0
Montero, Rafael 3410 pi sp nym nl 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 2.0
Cashner, Andrew 2807 pi sp tex al 1.0 5.7 27.4 31.4 -3.7
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