Astros' Gerrit Cole tops players for Friday, May 4, rises to 2nd in player rankings

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Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to second 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 4:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 9.7
2 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.0
3 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 7.7
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 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 5.7
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.4
9 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 5.2
10 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7
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Also Friday, Albert Pujols of the Angels reached the 3,000-hit club and Walker Buehler and three other Dodgers pitchers combined to no-hit the Padres.

Player of the Day—Cole struck out 16 in a complete-game, one-hit shutout, walking one, in the 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks.

Cole earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 9.0 for the season, rising from fourth to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings, behind overall and AL pitching leader, Luis Severino of the Yankees (9.7).

Cole had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +23.0, the highest by any Player of the Game winner this season. The previous high was +18.0 on April 9 by Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (8IP 2H 0R BB 13K W in the 2-0 win over the Tigers). Cole’s +23.0 game score is higher than any achieved in 2016 or 2017 and the highest by any player since Oct. 3, 2015, when Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had a game score of +26.0 (CG 0H 0R 0BB 17K W in the 2-0 win over the Mets).

National League Player of the Day—Walker Buehler was one of four Dodgers pitchers who combined to no-hit the Padres in a 4-0 win. Buehler struck out eight over six scoreless and hitless innings, allowing three walks. Buehler was pulled after 93 pitches and three relievers finished the combined no-hitter: Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore.

American League Batter of the Day—Eduardo Escobar of the Twins hit two homers and doubled, going 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 6-4 win over the White Sox.

National League Batter of the Day—Eugenio Suarez of the Reds hit a three-run homer and went 1-for-2, in the 4-1 win over the Marlins.

Pujols—Albert Pujols of the Angels joined the 3,000-hit club Friday, going 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 5-0 win over the Mariners. However, Pujols did not earn Player of the Game honors and has yet to earn Player of the Game honors this season. Pujols, who had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +1.0, lost out as Player of the Game to teammate, pitcher Garrett Richards, who had a game score of +9.2 (6.2IP 4H 0R BB 8K W).

Pujols leads all batters in career Box-Toppers points since 1995 (when tracking began) with 187.8, just ahead of Alex Rodriguez (187.0). Pujols ranks sixth in career points among all players since 1995. He has earned Box-Toppers points for 17 straight seasons (from 2001 to 2017), tied for the eighth-longest streak in Box-Toppers tracking history and currently, the second-longest active streak. 

Notable—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia now has 195.7 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Sabathia (6IP 3H 0R 0BB 7K ND in the 7-6 win over the Indians) ranks fourth among all players in career Box-Toppers points since 1995, when tracking began. He trails third-ranked player, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (209.8). Sabathia ranks second in career points among active players behind Kershaw.

Sabathia now has 3.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, 14th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Yarbrough (5IP H 0R 0BB 4K W in the 6-2 win over the Blue Jays) made his Major League debut March 31 and was playing in his eighth career game. He is the 3,962nd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Cole earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Buehler earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Escobar and Suarez 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)
 
5/4 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 23.0 HOU 8, ARI 0 Gerrit Cole (W, 3‑1) (SP) 9.0 1 0 0 1 16
NL 11.0 LAD 4, SD 0 Walker Buehler (W, 2‑0) 6.0 0 0 0 3 8
10.0 `NYY 7, CLE 6 CC Sabathia 6.0 3 0 0 0 7
9.2 LAA 5, SEA 0 Garrett Richards (W, 4‑1) 6.2 4 0 0 1 8
8.0 BOS 5, TEX 1 Rick Porcello (W, 5‑0) 6.0 3 1 1 1 8
8.0 TB 6, TOR 2 Ryan Yarbrough (W, 2‑1) 5.0 1 0 0 0 4
6.0 WSH 7, PHI 3 Gio Gonzalez (W, 4‑2) 5.0 2 0 0 2 5
6.0 `KC 4, DET 2 Ian Kennedy 6.0 6 0 0 1 7
BAT 4.0 MIN 6, CHW 4 Eduardo Escobar (3B) 4 2 3 3
4.0 STL 3, CHC 2 Miles Mikolas (W, 4‑0) 7.0 7 0 0 0 4
4.0 COL 8, NYM 7 German Marquez (W, 2‑3) 6.0 6 2 2 0 8
4.0 `OAK 6, BAL 4 Daniel Mengden 5.0 3 1 1 1 5
BAT 3.0 CIN 4, MIA 1 Eugenio Suarez (3B) 2 1 1 3
2.0 SF 9, ATL 4 Brandon Crawford SS 5 2 3 2
2.0 PIT 6, MIL 4 David Freese (3B) 1 1 1 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 +/‑
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.0 16.0 51.9 51.9 2.0
Richards, Garrett 3042 pi sp ana al 4.7 5.7 37.1 39.1 3.7
Gonzalez, Gio 2626 pi sp dc nl 3.7 13.4 52.8 99.9 -6.0
Sabathia, C.C. 1492 pi sp nyy al 3.0 10.7 28.1 195.7 -4.7
Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 3.0 7.7 7.7 7.7 -1.7
Porcello, Rick 2573 pi sp bos al 3.0 6.0 32.7 48.7 0.0
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7
Suarez, Eugenio 3355 3b cin nl 2.5 6.0 20.0 20.0 -1.0
Kennedy, Ian 2723 pi sp kc al 2.0 8.0 39.4 74.5 -4.0
Mengden, Daniel 3741 pi sp oak al 2.0 6.0 8.0 8.0 -2.0
Mikolas, Miles 3034 pi sp stl nl 2.0 2.0 3.7 4.7 2.0
Escobar, Eduardo 3135 3b min al 1.5 5.2 16.9 16.9 -2.2
Freese, David 2710 3b pit nl 1.0 3.0 11.5 27.2 -1.0
Crawford, Brandon 2878 ss sf nl 1.0 2.7 14.2 19.2 -0.7
Yarbrough, Ryan 3962 pi sp tb al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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