Blue Jays’ J.A. Happ tops players for Tuesday, April 24; Yankees’ Sabathia earns Box-Toppers points for 18th straight season

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Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of April 24:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.7
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 6.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 6.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 6.0
6 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.4
7 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 4.7
8 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 4.4
9 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 4.0
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 3.7
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Also Tuesday, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia earned Box-Toppers points in his 18th straight season after earning Player of the Game honors, setting the record for longest such streak among pitchers (since 1995 when Box-Toppers tracking began) and taking sole possession of the longest active streak.

Player of the Day—Happ struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and no walks, in the 4-1, 10-inning win over the Red Sox. Happ picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the Red Sox tied the game after he exited.

Happ earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, most among Tuesday’s Player of the Game winners, rising to 22nd place in Box-Toppers season player rankings, 10th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland struck out eight over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, in the 8-0 win over the Padres.

American League Batter of the Day—Andrelton Simmons of the Angels hit two homers and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 8-7 win over the Astros.

National League Batter of the Day—Alex Avila of the Diamondbacks homered and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 8-4 win over the Phillies.

Avila narrowly won NL Batter of the Day honors over Ian Happ of the Cubs (Player of the Game in the 10-3 win over the Indians). Both Avila and Happ had practically identical performances (HR 3-4 2R 2BI). Both also had no walks and one strikeout. But Avila earned NL Batter of the Day over Happ because he left fewer runners on base (zero vs. one).

Box-Toppers season streaks

Here are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. CC Sabathia Tuesday extended his streak earning Box-Toppers points to 18 straight seasons, tied for the third-longest since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995. It is now the longest active streak (passing Albert Pujols) and the longest streak by pitcher (passing Mariano Rivera). Players are listed by length of their streak. Also shown is the duration of their streak and their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total.
 


Streak

Player

Pos

Duration
Career
BTP
1 19 Jason Giambi 1b 1995‑2013 133.4
1 19 Carlos Beltran rf 1999‑2017 108.6
3 18 Jim Thome 1b dh 1995‑2012 146.7
3 18 Chipper Jones 3b 1995‑2012 149.0
3 18 Johnny Damon lf 1995‑2012 63.0
3 18 Alex Rodriguez 3b 1996‑2013 187.0
3 18 CC Sabathia* pi sp 2001‑2018 193.7
8 17 Mariano Rivera pi cp 1995‑2011 126.4
8 17 Derek Jeter ss 1996‑2012 76.4
8 17 Paul Konerko 1b 1998‑2014 100.7
8 17 Tim Hudson pi sp 1999‑2015 157.0
8 17 Torii Hunter cf 1999‑2015 115.9
8 17 David Ortiz dh 2000‑2016 145.9
8 17 Albert Pujols* dh 1b 2001‑2017 187.8
15 16 Manny Ramirez lf 1995‑2010 167.2
15 16 Andy Pettitte pi sp 1995‑2010 138.5
15 16 Jamie Moyer pi sp 1995‑2010 104.0
15 16 Scott Rolen 3b 1996‑2011 97.6
15 16 Kevin Millwood pi sp 1997‑2012 108.3
15 16 Derek Lowe pi sp 1998‑2013 91.5
15 16 Aramis Ramirez 3b 2000‑2015 105.8
15 16 Mark Buehrle pi sp 2000‑2015 116.7
15 16 Ichiro Suzuki rf 2001‑2016 53.7
24 15 Randy Johnson pi sp 1995‑2009 278.8
24 15 Garret Anderson lf 1995‑2009 86.5
24 15 Ivan Rodriguez ca 1995‑2009 79.0
24 15 Tony Clark 1b 1995‑2009 63.8
24 15 Gary Sheffield lf 1995‑2009 124.1
24 15 Jason Kendall ca 1996‑2010 40.9
24 15 Vladimir Guerrero rf 1997‑2011 128.3
24 15 Bobby Abreu rf 1997‑2011 95.5
24 15 Mike Cameron cf 1997‑2011 70.3
24 15 Miguel Tejada ss 1997‑2011 102.3
24 15 Jorge Posada ca 1997‑2011 79.5
24 15 Livan Hernandez pi sp 1997‑2011 76.7
24 15 Kyle Lohse pi sp 2001‑2015 89.0
24 15 Jake Peavy pi sp 2002‑2016 141.8
24 15 Miguel Cabrera* 1b 2003‑2017 146.9
24 15 Joe Mauer* 1b 2004‑2018 78.1
BTP: Box-Toppers points
Active streak of a player active in 2018.
Details

Streak—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has now earned Box-Toppers points in 18 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018 Tuesday.

That is tied for the third-longest streak in Box-Toppers tracking history (begun in 1995), sets the record for the longest streak by a pitcher and is now the longest currently active streak.

Sabathia (6IP 2H R BB 4K W in the 8-3 win over the Twins) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2001 with the Indians and has 193.7 career points, fifth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began, now only 0.4 points behind fourth-place player Curt Schilling (194.1). Sabathia ranks second among active players in career points behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (209.8).

Sabathia’s 18 straight seasons earning Box-Toppers points is tied for the third-longest streak (since 1995) with:

  • Jim Thome (1995-2012).
  • Chipper Jones (1995-2012).
  • Johnny Damon (1995-2012).
  • Alex Rodriguez (1996-2013).

Only two streaks are longer than Sabathia’s, both are tied for the lead at 19 seasons long:

  • Jason Giambi (1995-2013).
  • Carlos Beltran (1999-2017). (Beltran retired at the end of 2017, ending what had been the longest active streak by a player.)

Sabathia now has the longest streak by a pitcher in Box-Toppers tracking history, passing Mariano Rivera, who earned Box-Toppers points for 17 straight seasons from 1995 to 2011.

Sabathia also takes sole possession of the longest active streak. He was tied with Albert Pujols of the Angels, who also had a streak of 17 straight seasons earning Box-Toppers points (2001 to 2017). Pujols has yet to earn Player of the Game honors this year and so still has the chance to tie Sabathia at 18 straight seasons if he earns Box-Toppers points this season.

Sabathia’s best season was 2008 with the Indians and Brewers when he had 26.7 Box-Toppers points to lead all players. In 2017, he had 7.7 Box-Toppers points, 26th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Giants pitcher Reyes Moronta made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Moronta (2IP H 0R 0BB 2K W in the 4-3 win over the Nationals) made his Major League debut Sept. 5, 2017, and was playing in his 18th career game. He is the 3,944th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—J.A. Happ earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Freeland earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Simmons and Avila each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)
 
4/24 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 `TOR 4, BOS 3 (F/10) J.A. Happ - - - - 7.0 4 1 1 0 10
NL 10.0 COL 8, SD 0 Kyle Freeland (W, 1-3) - - - - 7.0 3 0 0 2 8
8.0 SEA 1, CHW 0 Marco Gonzales (W, 2-2) - - - - 6.0 5 0 0 1 8
BAT 6.0 LAA 8, HOU 7 Andrelton Simmons (SS) 4 2 3 5 - - - - - -
6.0 `CIN 9, ATL 7 (F/12) Tyler Mahle - - - - 6.0 3 3 3 2 11
5.0 OAK 3, TEX 2 Andrew Triggs (W, 2-0) - - - - 6.0 4 1 1 1 6
5.0 NYY 8, MIN 3 CC Sabathia (W, 1-0) - - - - 6.0 2 1 1 1 4
BAT 3.0 ARI 8, PHI 4 Alex Avila (C) 4 2 3 2 - - - - - -
3.0 CHC 10, CLE 3 Ian Happ (LF) 4 2 3 2 - - - - - -
3.0 SF 4, WSH 3 Reyes Moronta (W, 1-0) - - - - 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
3.0 NYM 6, STL 5 (F/10) Jeurys Familia (S, 9) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.0 MIL 5, KC 2 Lorenzo Cain (CF) 3 2 2 1 - - - - -
2.0 MIA 3, LAD 2 Drew Steckenrider (W, 1-0) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
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 +/‑
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 3.0 8.7 43.9 59.9 -2.7
Mahle, Tyler 3929 pi sp cin nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Cain, Lorenzo 3171 cf mil nl 2.5 8.0 28.7 28.7 -3.0
Simmons, Andrelton 3165 ss ana al 2.5 5.0 12.0 12.0 0.0
Triggs, Andrew 3723 pi sp oak al 2.0 7.4 8.4 8.4 -3.4
Familia, Jeurys 3446 pi cp nym nl 2.0 2.0 18.0 18.0 2.0
Freeland, Kyle 3763 pi sp col nl 1.7 7.7 7.7 7.7 -4.3
Avila, Alex 2642 ca 1b ari nl 1.5 5.5 11.5 22.5 -2.5
Sabathia, C.C. 1492 pi sp nyy al 1.0 8.7 26.1 193.7 -6.7
Happ, Ian 3798 lf 3b chi nl 1.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 -2.0
Gonzales, Marco 3408 pi sp sea al 1.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 0.0
Steckenrider, Drew 3899 pi mr fla nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Moronta, Reyes 3944 pi mr sf nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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