Astros' Gerrit Cole tops players for Friday, April 13, rises to lead Box-Toppers rankings

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Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to first place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season as of April 13:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 5.0
2 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 4.0
3 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 3.7
4 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 3.0
5 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 3.0
6 Sano, Miguel 3527 3b min al 3.0
7 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 3.0
8 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 2.7
9 Taillon, Jameson 3658 pi sp pit nl 2.7
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 2.7
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Cole struck out 14 over seven innings, allowing two runs, three hits and one walk, in the 3-2 win over the Rangers. Cole picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the game was tied, 2-2, when he exited.

Cole earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.0 for the season. He rises from seventh place to first place in Box-Toppers season player rankings, passing previous leader, Twins pitcher Jose Berrios (4.0 points), who only took the lead Thursday.

Cole has earned Player of the Game honors in each of his three starts so far this season. He has earned overall Player of the Day honors twice (worth 2.0 Box-Toppers points), both times in games in which he earned a no decision—Friday and April 7. In his only win of the season, April 1, Cole won Player of the Game (worth 1.0 Box-Toppers point).

National League Player of the Day—Braves pitcher Anibal Sanchez struck out six over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 4-0 win over the Cubs.

National League Batter of the Day—Todd Frazier of the Mets homered twice and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 6-5 win over the Brewers.

American League Batter of the Day—Aaron Hicks of the Yankees hit two home runs and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 8-6 win over the Tigers.

Streak—Ian Kinsler of the Angels has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018 Friday.

Kinsler (3-4 2R BI in the 5-4 win over the Royals) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2006 with the Rangers and has 64.6 career points, ninth among active AL batters. His best season was 2009 with the Rangers, when he had 11.2 points, eighth among AL batters. In 2017, he had 1.5 points with the Tigers.

Scoring—Cole earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Sanchez earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Frazier and Hicks each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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 (BTG)
 
4/13 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 `HOU 3, TEX 2 Gerrit Cole 7.0 3 2 2 1 14
NL 8.0 ATL 4, CHC 0 Anibal Sanchez (W, 1‑0) 6.0 3 0 0 1 6
6.2 `PHI 2, TB 1 Vince Velasquez 6.2 4 1 1 1 7
5.0 BOS 7, BAL 3 Eduardo Rodriguez (W, 1‑0) 6.0 5 1 1 2 8
BAT 4.0 NYM 6, MIL 5 Todd Frazier (3B) 3 2 3 2
BAT 4.0 NYY 8, DET 6 Aaron Hicks (CF) 3 2 2 3
4.0 STL 5, CIN 3 Luke Weaver (W, 2‑0) 6.0 4 2 2 1 7
3.0 ARI 8, LAD 7 Daniel Descalso (3B) 4 1 2 4
3.0 SEA 7, OAK 4 Mitch Haniger (RF) 4 1 2 4
3.0 TOR 8, CLE 4 Aledmys Diaz (SS) 4 2 2 3
3.0 COL 2, WSH 1 Wade Davis (S, 6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.0 MIA 7, PIT 2 J.B. Shuck (RF) 4 2 4 0
2.0 LAA 5, KC 4 Ian Kinsler (2B) 4 2 3 1
2.0 SD 5, SF 1 Tyson Ross (W, 2‑1) 6.0 7 1 0 1 5
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 (’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 Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 5.0 12.0 47.9 47.9 -2.0
Davis, Wade 2681 pi cp col nl 2.0 7.0 25.0 33.0 -3.0
Diaz, Aledmys 3612 ss tor al 2.0 3.0 8.5 8.5 1.0
Sanchez, Anibal 2187 pi sp atl nl 1.7 3.7 29.2 69.0 -0.3
Hicks, Aaron 3170 cf nyy al 1.5 4.5 9.5 9.5 -1.5
Frazier, Todd 2929 3b nym nl 1.5 3.0 28.1 32.1 0.0
Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480 pi sp bos al 1.0 9.7 20.4 20.4 -7.7
Weaver, Luke 3719 pi sp stl nl 1.0 9.0 10.7 10.7 -7.0
Haniger, MItch 3772 rf sea al 1.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 -3.5
Kinsler, Ian 2144 2b ana al 1.0 2.5 25.5 64.6 -0.5
Velasquez, Vince 3611 pi sp phi nl 1.0 2.0 10.0 10.0 0.0
Descalso, Daniel 2855 3b ari nl 1.0 2.0 8.7 12.2 0.0
Ross, Tyson 2840 pi sp sd nl 1.0 2.0 20.4 24.4 0.0
Shuck, J.B. 3182 rf fla nl 1.0 1.0 6.0 6.0 1.0
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