Red Sox’ Chris Sale tops players for Sunday, June 24; Sale, Berrios, Cole rise in top 10 player rankings

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Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to ninth 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 June 24:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 14.7
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 13.4
4 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 11.0
6 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 11.0
7 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 10.7
8 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
9 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 9.7
10 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 9.7
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Also Sunday, two other players in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 earned Player of the Game honors—Twins pitcher Jose Berrios maintains his third-place overall ranking and Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to fourth place.

Player of the Day—Sale struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 5-0 win over the Mariners.

Sale earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 9.7 for the season, rising to ninth place in season player rankings, seventh among American League pitchers. Sale led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 25.1 points.

Sale now has 121.2 career Box-Toppers points, 40th-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 39th-ranked player Gary Sheffield (124.1).

National League Player of the Day—Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Buchholz struck out five over five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the Pirates.

American League Batter of the Day—Yoan Moncada of the White Sox hit a three-run homer, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in six runs, in the 10-3 win over the Athletics.

National League Batter of the Day—Derek Dietrich of the Marlins homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 8-5 win over the Rockies.

Rankings—Two other players in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 earned Player of the Game honors Sunday:

  • Twins pitcher Jose Berrios (7IP 3H 0R 2BB 12K W in the 2-0 win over the Rangers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.4 for the season to maintain his third-place overall rank and second-place rank among AL pitchers. Berrios trails top-ranked AL pitcher Luis Severino of the Yankees (14.7 points).
  • Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole (5IP 2H R 3BB 8K W in the 11-3 win over the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.0 for the season, rising from seventh to fourth place in season player rankings. He ranks third among AL pitchers, behind Severino (14.7) and Berrios (13.4).

Streak—Carlos Gomez of the Rays has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018 Sunday.

Gomez (2B 2-4 R 2BI in the 7-6, 12-inning win over the Yankees) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2008 with the Twins and has 35.5 career points, eighth among active AL outfielders. His best season was 2015 with the Brewers and Astros when he had 6.0 Box-Toppers points, ending the season ranked eighth among AL outfielders (even though he earned all his points that season with the NL Brewers). In 2017, he had 2.5 points with the Rangers.

Scoring—Sale earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Buchholz earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Moncada and Dietrich each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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)

6/24 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 15.0 BOS 5, SEA 0 Chris Sale (W, 7‑4) 7.0 4 0 0 1 13
14.0 MIN 2, TEX 0 Jose Berrios (W, 8‑5) 7.0 3 0 0 2 12
NL 8.0 ARI 3, PIT 0 Clay Buchholz (W, 2‑1) 5.0 2 0 0 0 5
BAT 6.0 CHW 10, OAK 3 Yoan Moncada 2B 4 2 2 6
6.0 HOU 11, KC 3 Gerrit Cole (W, 9‑1) 5.0 2 1 1 3 8
6.0 `SF 3, SD 2 Dereck Rodriguez 7.0 4 1 1 1 6
4.0 CLE 12, DET 2 Edwin Encarnacion DH 4 1 2 5
3.2 STL 8, MIL 2 Luke Weaver (W, 4‑6) 5.2 5 2 2 2 9
BAT 3.0 MIA 8, COL 5 Derek Dietrich LF 5 2 4 2
3.0 CIN 8, CHC 6 Jesse Winker PH 2 1 1 3
3.0 ATL 7, BAL 3 Dansby Swanson PH‑SS 1 1 1 2
2.1 TOR 7, LAA 6 (F/10) Ryan Tepera (W, 5‑2) (BS, 4) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2
2.0 LAD 8, NYM 7 (F/11) Enrique Hernandez SS 6 3 3 2
2.0 WSH 8, PHI 6 Sean Doolittle (S, 21) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
1.0 TB 7, NYY 6 (F/12) Carios Gomez RF 4 1 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 Player of the Game winners. 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 the Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 13.4 22.4 22.4 22.4 +4.4
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0 19.0 54.9 54.9 +5.0
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 9.7 34.8 100.5 121.2 -15.4
Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh cle al 5.0 17.1 53.7 84.2 -7.1
Doolittle, Sean 3052 pi cp dc nl 5.0 11.0 23.0 24.0 -1.0
Weaver, Luke 3719 pi sp stl nl 3.0 11.0 12.7 12.7 -5.0
Winker, Jesse 3988 lf rf ph cin nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Buchholz, Clay 2363 pi sp ari nl 2.7 2.7 30.5 61.6 +2.7
Dietrich, Derek 3199 lf 3b 2b fla nl 2.5 8.0 13.0 13.0 -3.0
Swanson, Dansby 3751 ss ph atl nl 2.0 5.5 6.5 6.5 -1.5
Hernandez, Enrique 3541 ss lad nl 2.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 +1.0
Rodriguez, Dereck 3986 pi sp sf nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Moncada, Yoan 3878 2b chi al 1.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 0.0
Tepera, Ryan 3774 pi mr tor al 1.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 -4.0
Gomez, Carlos 2397 rf tb al 1.0 3.5 20.5 35.5 -1.5
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