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

Box-Toppers Daily Scorecard graphic.png

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.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Oct 1 (FINAL STANDINGS):  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 25.5
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 25.1
3 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 24.1
4 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 21.7
5 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1
6 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 20.1
7 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 19.8
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.0
9 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 17.8
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 17.8
What are those numbers after players' names?
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations

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

Buehler pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, three walks, and striking out three, in the 5-2 win over the Rockies. The win gave the Dodgers the NL West crown, meaning they will host the Atlanta Braves in one of two best-of-five NL Divisional Series beginning Thursday. The Rockies will travel to Chicago Tuesday to play the Cubs in a one-game Wild Card playoff.

Since the tiebreaker games count in the standings and since player statistics count toward their regular season totals, Box-Toppers also includes points earned in Monday’s games in overall Box-Toppers point totals, team rankings and player rankings.

Buehler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 15.1 for the season, rising to 16th place in season player rankings, sixth among NL pitchers. 

Buehler becomes the 16th player this season to reach 15 Box-Toppers points. It is his first season earning points as he still has rookie status.

Hader—In the other game, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader earns Player of the Game honors (2IP H 0R 0BB 3K Sv in the 3-1 win over the Cubs).

Hader earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 10.7 for the season, 45th among all players, 23rd among all NL pitchers and maintaining his first-place spot among NL closers

Hader becomes the 52nd player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. He is the 47th pitcher to reach that mark, which is the second-most pitchers with 10 points in a season since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995. The most is 53 in 2014.

The Brewers win the NL Central by beating the Cubs Monday and host one of the best-of-five NL Divisional Series beginning Thursday. The Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies in a one-game Wild Card playoff Tuesday. The winner of that game will travel to Milwaukee to face the Brewers Thursday.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no NL Batter of the Day for Monday because no NL batters earned Player of the Game honors.

American League Player and Batter of the Day—There are no AL Player of the Day or Batter of the Day winners because no AL team played Monday.

Again, though these were unscheduled, extra games, they are considered regular season games in which statistics count, so the Box-Toppers points earned Monday count toward player and team totals.

Scoring—Buehler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Hader earns 1.0 point for being Player of the Game. 

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.

Box-Toppers strives for accuracy. See a mistake in a post? A wrong name, wrong team, grammar error, spelling goof, etc.? Thanks for pointing it out! Contact Box-Toppers here. Let's fix it and make it right.

Top player from each game

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

10/1 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +5.2 LAD 5, COL 2 Walker Buehler (W, 8‑5) 6.2 1 0 0 3 3
+4.0 MIL 3, CHC 1 Josh Hader (S, 12) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
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 Player of the Game winners. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (’18). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’17-18), the period 2013-2018 (’13-18) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2018 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2017 total (+/-).

Player of the Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 15.1 15.1 15.1 15.1 +15.1
Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mr mil nl 10.7 13.7 13.7 13.7 +7.7
What are those numbers after players' names?
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations