Indians' Carlos Carrasco tops players for Wednesday, May 9; Astros' Cole rises to 2nd in player rankings

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Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to seventh place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of May 9:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 10.7
2 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.0
3 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 9.4
4 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
5 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 6.4
6 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 6.0
7 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 5.7
8 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 5.7
9 Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 5.7
10 Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 5.7
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Also Wednesday, Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings and becomes the second player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. Plus, Braves pitcher Julio Teheran rises to ninth place in season player rankings Wednesday after earning National League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Carrasco struck out 14 in a complete game, allowing two runs, five hits and one walk, in the 6-2 win over the Brewers.

Carrasco earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.7 for the season, rising to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings. He ranks fifth among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Braves pitcher Julio Teheran struck out seven over six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 5-2 win over the Rays.

Teheran earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 5.7 for the season, rising to ninth in Box-Toppers season player rankings. He ranks third among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs hit a three-run homer and two doubles, going 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 13-4 win over the Marlins.

This is Rizzo’s first Player of the Game honor of 2018. He led NL batters in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 15.5.

American League Batter of the Day—Aaron Judge of the Yankees homered and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 9-6 win over the Red Sox.

Rankings—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Cole (6IP 4H R 3BB 9K W in the 4-1 win over the Athletics) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.0 for the season, rising from third to second in player rankings. He also ranks second among AL pitchers, behind overall leader, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (10.7).

Cole also becomes the second player in 2018 with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points and also becomes the second player in two days to reach that milestone (Severino did it Tuesday). This is the second season Cole has reached 10.0 Box-Toppers points—in 2015, he had 19.0 points with the Pirates, ranked ninth overall that season.

Debut—Angels pitcher Jaime Barria made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Barria (5.1IP 5H 0R BB 7K W in the 8-0 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut April 11 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 3,964th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Carrasco earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Teheran earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Rizzo and Judge 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 (BTG)
 
5/9 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 CLE 6, MIL 2 Carlos Carrasco (W, 5‑1) 9.0 5 2 2 1 14
NL 9.0 ATL 5, TB 2 Julio Teheran (W, 3‑1) 6.0 4 0 0 0 7
8.0 PHI 11, SF 3 Nick Pivetta (W, 2‑2) 5.0 4 0 0 0 7
6.1 LAA 8, COL 0 Jaime Barria (W, 3‑1) 5.1 5 0 0 1 7
6.0 HOU 4, OAK 1 Gerrit Cole (W, 4‑1) 6.0 4 1 1 3 9
6.0 `CIN 2, NYM 1 (F/10) Sal Romano 6.0 4 1 1 1 7
BAT 5.0 CHC 13, MIA 4 Anthony Rizzo 1B 5 2 3 5
BAT 5.0 NYY 9, BOS 6 Aaron Judge RF 4 3 3 3
5.0 `PIT 6, CHW 5 Steven Brault 2.0 1 0 0 0 4
4.0 TEX 5, DET 4 (F/10) Keone Kela (W, 3‑2) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
2.0 BAL 5, KC 3 Chris Davis 1B 3 1 1 3
2.0 LAD 6, ARI 3 Chase Utley PH 1 0 1 2
2.0 SD 2, WSH 1 Craig Stammen (W, 1‑0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 2
2.0 TOR 5, SEA 2 Tyler Clippard (S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 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 (’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 10.0 17.0 52.9 52.9 3.0
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 5.7 27.5 68.6 74.0 -16.1
Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 5.7 10.7 57.2 57.2 0.7
Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 5.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 -3.0
Judge, Aaron 3767 rf nyy al 2.5 13.7 13.7 13.7 -8.7
Utley, Chase 1861 2b ph lad nl 2.5 5.5 14.0 78.6 -0.5
Kela, Keone 3789 pi cp tex al 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 1.5 17.0 39.0 44.0 -14.0
Davis, Chris 2478 1b bal al 1.0 4.5 41.9 62.4 -2.5
Romano, Sal 3854 pi sp cin nl 1.0 3.7 3.7 3.7 -1.7
Brault, Steven 3911 pi mr pit nl 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Stammen, Craig 2506 pi mr sd nl 1.0 2.0 6.0 14.0 0.0
Clippard, Tyler 2291 pi cp mr tor al 1.0 1.0 7.0 31.4 1.0
Barria, Jaime 3964 pi sp ana al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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