Mets' Jacob deGrom tops players for Friday, May 18; Astros' Morton rises to 3rd in player rankings

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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Friday, Astros pitcher Charlie Morton rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of May 18:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 11.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 10.7
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
4 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.0
5 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 7.7
6 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
7 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 6.7
8 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 6.7
9 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 5.7
10 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 5.7
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Player of the Day—deGrom struck out 14 over seven innings, allowing one run, six hits and no walks, in the 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

American League Player of the Day—Morton struck out eight over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 4-1 win over the Indians.

Morton earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 10.1 for the season, rising from fourth to third place in season player rankings, second among AL pitchers, behind Luis Severino of the Yankees (10.7).

Morton is the fourth player this season with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points. It is his first season with 10.0 or more points. His previous high season was 2017 with the Astros, when he had 7.7 points.

National League Batter of the Day—Jose Martinez of the Cardinals homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 12-4 win over the Phillies.

American League Batter of the Day—Shin-Soo Choo of the Rangers hit a grand slam and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 12-5 win over the White Sox.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 209.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 195.7
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 187.8
7 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
8 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 179.2
9 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 172.4
10 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
11 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 168.1
12 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
13 Johan Santana pi sp free agent 166.6
14 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
15 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
16 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 159.7
17 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
18 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 156.9
19 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 156.1
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 155.9
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List of top 100 players since 1995 at the end of the 2017 season.

Notable—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester rises to 18th place in career Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995 (when player tracking began) after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Lester (6IP 2H R BB 8K W in the 8-1 win over the Reds) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 156.9 career points. He passes two players on the “all-time” career points list—Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon (155.9) and Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels (156.1). Lester now trails 17th-ranked player Tim Hudson (157.0). Passing Colon and Hamels, Lester now ranks eighth in career points among active players.

Lester has 3.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 27th among NL pitchers.

Debut—Athletics pitcher Josh Lucas made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Lucas (3.2IP 2H R BB 7K ND in the 3-1 win over the Blue Jays) made his Major League debut Aug. 19, 2017, and was playing in his seventh career game. He is the 3,967th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—deGrom earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Lester earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Martinez and Choo 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)

5/18 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 12.0 NYM 3, ARI 1 Jacob deGrom (W, 4‑0) 7.0 6 1 1 0 13
9.0 CHC 8, CIN 1 Jon Lester (W, 4‑1) 6.0 2 1 1 1 8
AL 8.0 HOU 4, CLE 1 Charlie Morton (W, 6‑0) 7.0 4 1 1 1 8
7.0 MIA 2, ATL 0 Dan Straily (W, 2‑0) 7.0 3 0 0 3 6
BAT 6.0 STL 12, PHI 4 Jose Martinez 1B 5 2 4 5
5.2 `OAK 3, TOR 1 Josh Lucas 3.2 2 1 1 1 7
5.0 MIL 8, MIN 3 Jesus Aguilar 1B 4 3 3 3
BAT 5.0 TEX 12, CHW 5 Shin‑Soo Choo DH 3 2 2 4
3.2 TB 8, LAA 3 Blake Snell (W, 5‑3) 6.2 4 2 2 3 8
3.2 COL 6, SF 1 Kyle Freeland (W, 4‑4) 6.2 5 1 1 1 5
3.0 KC 5, NYY 2 Salvador Perez C 3 1 2 3
2.1 SD 3, PIT 2 Brad Hand (S, 13) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2
2.0 SEA 5, DET 4 Dan Altavilla (W, 3‑2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
1.0 BAL 7, BOS 4 Adam Jones CF 5 2 2 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 +/‑
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1 17.8 34.5 45.5 2.4
Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 5.0 10.0 14.0 14.0 0.0
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp sd nl 5.0 9.7 18.7 19.7 0.3
deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 4.0 19.7 64.8 64.8 -11.7
Martinez, Jose 3830 1b stl nl 4.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 0.0
Freeland, Kyle 3763 pi sp col nl 3.7 9.7 9.7 9.7 -2.3
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp chi nl 3.0 13.7 76.9 156.9 -7.7
Jones, Adam 2347 cf bal al 2.5 8.5 34.5 58.0 -3.5
Choo, Shin-Soo 2267 dh rf tex al 2.5 8.5 25.0 56.2 -3.5
Straily, Dan 3080 pi sp fla nl 1.0 10.7 26.4 28.4 -8.7
Perez, Salvador 2972 ca kc al 1.0 8.5 24.2 30.2 -6.5
Aguilar, Jesus 3787 1b mil nl 1.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 -4.0
Altavilla, Dan 3761 pi mr sea al 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Lucas, Josh 3967 pi mr oak al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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