Lance McCullers tops players for Saturday, April 28, becomes 4th Astros pitcher in Box-Toppers’ top 10

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Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to ninth place in season player rankings.

McCullers struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 11-0 win over the Athletics.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of April 27:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 7.7
2 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
3 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 6.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 6.0
6 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 5.7
7 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.4
8 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7
9 McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 4.7
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 4.4
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McCullers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.7 for the season, rising to ninth place in season player rankings, sixth among American League pitchers.

With McCullers’ rise, Astros pitchers now make up four of the top 10 spots in Box-Toppers season player rankings. The others are:

  • Gerrit Cole, fifth place with 6.0 points.
  • Justin Verlander, eighth place with 4.7 points. (Verlander ranks ahead of McCullers because though they have the same 2018 point total, Verlander had more 2017 points—14.7 vs. 9.4.)
  • Charlie Morton, 10th place with 4.4 points.

National League Player of the Day—Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 3-0 win over the Brewers.

American League Batter of the Day—Daniel Palka of the White Sox hit a three-run homer and doubled, going 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 8-0 win over the Royals.

This was Palka’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Palka made his Major League debut April 25 and was playing in his third career game. He is the 3,949th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

National League Batter of the Day—Chase Utley of the Dodgers hit three doubles and went 4-for-5, scoring four times and driving in two runs, in the 15-6 win over the Giants.

Box-Toppers season streaks

Here are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. Miguel Cabrera Saturday extended his streak earning Box-Toppers points to 16 straight seasons, tied for the 15th-longest since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995. It is now the third-longest active streak. 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
15 16 Miguel Cabrera* 1b 2003‑2018 147.9
25 15 Randy Johnson pi sp 1995‑2009 278.8
25 15 Garret Anderson lf 1995‑2009 86.5
25 15 Ivan Rodriguez ca 1995‑2009 79.0
25 15 Tony Clark 1b 1995‑2009 63.8
25 15 Gary Sheffield lf 1995‑2009 124.1
25 15 Jason Kendall ca 1996‑2010 40.9
25 15 Vladimir Guerrero rf 1997‑2011 128.3
25 15 Bobby Abreu rf 1997‑2011 95.5
25 15 Mike Cameron cf 1997‑2011 70.3
25 15 Miguel Tejada ss 1997‑2011 102.3
25 15 Jorge Posada ca 1997‑2011 79.5
25 15 Livan Hernandez pi sp 1997‑2011 76.7
25 15 Kyle Lohse pi sp 2001‑2015 89.0
25 15 Jake Peavy pi sp 2002‑2016 141.8
25 15 Joe Mauer* 1b 2004‑2018 78.1
BTP: Box-Toppers points
* Active streak of a player active in 2018.
Details

Streak—Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers has now earned Box-Toppers points in 16 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018 Saturday.

Cabrera (HR 2B 3-4 R 3BI in the 9-5 win over the Orioles) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2004 with the Marlins and has 147.9 career points, 26th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 25th-ranked Javier Vazquez (148.3).

Cabrera ranks sixth in career points among all batters since 1995 and ranks second in career points among active batters, behind Albert Pujols of the Angels (187.8).

Cabrera’s best season was 2013 with the Tigers when he had 16.9 Box-Toppers points, eighth among all players and first among AL batters. He also led AL batters in 2009 with the Tigers with 16.5 points. In 2017, he had a career-low 2.0 Box-Toppers points with the Tigers.

Cabrera is now in a 10-way tie for the 15th-longest streak of consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points (since 1995, when tracking began). His streak is the third-longest active streak behind:

  • Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, who has earned points for 18 straight seasons from 2001 through 2018.
  • Albert Pujols of the Angels, who has earned points for 17 straight seasons from 2001 to 2017 (he has yet to earn points in 2018, so could extend the streak to 18 this season).

Debut—In addition to Palka, one other player made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Mitch Garver of the Twins (HR 2B 2-4 R BI in the 3-1 win over the Reds) made his Major League debut Aug. 19, 2017, and was playing in his 33rd career game. He is the 3,950th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—McCullers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Quintana earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Palka and Utley each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)
 
4/28 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 12.0 HOU 11, OAK 0 Lance McCullers Jr. (W, 4‑1) 7.0 2 0 0 0 7
11.0 KC 5, CHW 2 Eric Skoglund (W, 1‑2) 7.0 2 1 1 1 9
NL 11.0 CHC 3, MIL 0 Jose Quintana (W, 3‑1) 7.0 2 0 0 1 7
9.0 NYY 11, LAA 1 Masahiro Tanaka (W, 4‑2) 6.0 2 1 1 2 9
BAT 5.0 CHW 8, KC 0 Daniel Palka (RF) 5 3 4 3
BAT 5.0 LAD 15, SF 6 Chase Utley (2B) 5 4 4 2
5.0 SEA 12, CLE 4 Jean Segura (SS) 5 3 3 4
5.0 DET 9, BAL 5 Miguel Cabrera (1B) 4 1 3 5
5.0 ATL 4, PHI 1 Mike Foltynewicz (W, 2‑1) 6.0 3 1 1 2 6
4.0 SD 12, NYM 2 Austin Hedges (C) 4 0 3 5
4.0 TB 12, BOS 6 Wilson Ramos (C) 3 2 3 2
4.0 MIA 4, COL 1 Kyle Barraclough (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
3.0 ARI 4, WSH 3 (F/10) David Peralta (LF) 4 2 3 2
2.0 SF 8, LAD 3 Austin Jackson (CF) 4 1 2 3
2.0 TEX 7, TOR 4 Robinson Chirinos (C) 4 2 2 2
1.0 PIT 6, STL 2 Francisco Cervelli (C) 3 1 1 2
0.0 MIN 3, CIN 1 Mitch Garver (C) 4 1 2 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 +/‑
McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 4.7 14.1 26.9 26.9 -4.7
Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 2.7 17.7 47.5 52.9 -12.3
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 2.7 14.1 48.9 48.9 -8.7
Cervelli, Francisco 3387 ca pit nl 2.5 5.5 11.5 11.5 -0.5
Foltynewicz, Mike 3455 pi sp atl nl 2.0 6.0 12.7 12.7 -2.0
Ramos, Wilson 2904 ca tb al 2.0 5.5 17.5 21.5 -1.5
Peralta, David 3370 lf ari nl 2.0 4.0 15.9 15.9 0.0
Segura, Jean 3173 ss 2b sea al 2.0 3.0 14.0 14.0 1.0
Utley, Chase 1861 2b lad nl 1.5 4.5 13.0 77.6 -1.5
Palka, Daniel 3949 rf chi al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Hedges, Austin 3790 ca sd nl 1.0 5.5 5.5 5.5 -3.5
Cabrera, Miguel 1776 1b det al 1.0 3.0 49.1 147.9 -1.0
Skoglund, Eric 3811 pi sp kc al 1.0 2.7 2.7 2.7 -0.7
Chirinos, Robinson 2924 ca tex al 1.0 2.0 9.0 10.0 0.0
Jackson, Austin 2694 cf sf nl 1.0 2.0 7.5 16.0 0.0
Barraclough, Kyle 3583 pi cp fla nl 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 1.0
Garvey, Mitch 3950 ca min al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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