Twins’ Kyle Gibson tops players for Thursday, July 12; Pujols earns Box-Toppers points in 18th straight season

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Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of July 12:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.4
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 15.1
4 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 14.7
5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 14.0
6 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
7 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 12.7
8 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 12.4
9 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
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Also Thursday, Albert Pujols of the Angels has now earned Box-Toppers points in 18 consecutive seasons, tied with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia for the longest active season streak; it is tied for the third-longest streak since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.

In addition Thursday, Box-Toppers’ two top-ranked players for 2018 started Thursday but neither earned Player of the Game honors in their teams’ wins. Neither top-ranked Luis Severino of the Yankees nor second-ranked Max Scherzer of the Nationals were top players in their games.

Player of the Day—Gibson struck out nine over eight innings, allowing one run, five hits and no walks, in the 6-1 win over the Rays.

Gibson earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.7 for the season, 33rd among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon struck out 10 over six innings, allowing one run, four hits and two walks, in the 6-3 win over the Brewers.

National League Batter of the Day—Anthony Rendon of the Nationals hit two home runs and went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 5-4 win over the Mets.

Box-Toppers season streaks

Here are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. Albert Pujols Thursday extended his streak earning Box-Toppers points to 18 straight seasons, tied for the third-longest since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995. It is now tied for longest active streak with CC Sabathia. 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 196.7
3 18 Albert Pujols* dh 2001‑2018 189.3
9 17 Mariano Rivera pi cp 1995‑2011 126.4
9 17 Derek Jeter ss 1996‑2012 76.4
9 17 Paul Konerko 1b 1998‑2014 100.7
9 17 Tim Hudson pi sp 1999‑2015 157.0
9 17 Torii Hunter cf 1999‑2015 115.9
9 17 David Ortiz dh 2000‑2016 145.9
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 79.1
BTP: Box-Toppers points
* Active streak of a player active in 2018.
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American League Batter of the Day—Albert Pujols of the Angels hit two home runs and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 11-2 win over the Mariners. Pujols hit his 630th career home run, tied for sixth on the all-time list with Ken Griffey Jr.

Pujols has now earned Box-Toppers points in 18 consecutive seasons, tied with Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia for the longest active streak. He is in a six-way tie for the third-longest active streak in Box-Toppers tracking history, which began in 1995. The only two players with longer streaks are Jason Giambi and Carlos Beltran, who each earned Box-Toppers points in 19 consecutive seasons.

Pujols earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2001 with the Cardinals and now has 189.3 career points, sixth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails fifth-ranked player Curt Schilling (194.1). Pujols has the most career Box-Toppers points among all batters since 1995, ahead of Alex Rodriguez (187.0). He ranks third among active players in career points behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (210.8) and Sabathia (196.7).

Pujols’ best season was 2009 with the Cardinals when he had 16.7 Box-Toppers points, leading all NL batters and ranking eighth among all players that season. Pujols has led NL batters in Box-Toppers points five times—leading the league in season Box-Toppers points more than any other batter—all with the Cardinals:

  • In 2003, he had 16.5 points.
  • In 2004—15.9.
  • 2008—15.2.
  • 2009—16.7.
  • 2010—15.4.

Pujols has had as few as 4.0 points in a season, in 2013 with the Angels. In 2017, Pujols had 5.5 Box-Toppers points with the Angels, 36th among AL batters.

This is the latest Pujols has earned his first Box-Toppers point of the season. Previously, the latest in a season he earned his first point was 2002 when he did it on June 7. It is also the first time in his career he failed to earn any Box-Toppers points the entire first half of a season. In fact, Pujols had earned points in each half season each year since 2001 (with the first half being from the season’s start to June 30 and the second half being from July 1 to the season’s end). That means Pujols earned Box-Toppers points in 34 consecutive half seasons, until the streak was broken in the first half of 2018. 

Until Thursday, Pujols had not earned a Box-Toppers point in nearly 11 months—the last he earned was Aug. 22, 2017, the day he passed Alex Rodriguez to lead all batters in career Box-Toppers points since 1995.

Pujols’ lack of points this season doesn’t come because he’s been injured or otherwise sidelined. He’s played in 86 of the Angel’s 94 games. And he’s done relatively well, hitting 16 home runs with 52 runs batted in. Pujols lack of points may be due to the Angels having few wins, providing less opportunity to earn Player of the Game honors and Box-Toppers points. The Angels ranked 17th in Box-Toppers most recent weekly team rankings report on July 5.

Rankings—Box-Toppers two leaders in season player rankings started Thursday, but neither earned Player of the Game honors, despite their teams’ wins.

Neither Box-Toppers points leader Luis Severino of the Yankees nor NL points leader Max Scherzer of the Nationals were the top player in their games.

Severino, who leads all players with 16.7 Box-Toppers points, had a Box-Toppers game score of -12.0 (5IP 9H 4R BB K ND) in his team’s 7-4 win over the Indians. Player of the Game was teammate Brett Gardner (2HR 2-5 2R 3BI), with a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0.

Scherzer, who ranks second among all players with 16.4 Box-Toppers points (first among NL players) had a Box-Toppers game score of -1.0 (7IP 5H 3R 2BB 5K W) in his team’s 5-4 win over the Mets. Player of the Game was teammate Anthony Rendon with a Box-Toppers game score of +4.0, who was also NL Batter of the Day.

Notable—Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 10 who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Stripling (6IP 6H 0R BB 5K W in the 3-2 win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.7 for the season. He ranks 24th among all players and ninth among NL pitchers.

Note—Friday’s usual Box-Toppers team power rankings and player rankings reports will be delayed until the All-Star break on Monday.

Scoring—Gibson earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Taillon earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Rendon and Pujols each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

7/12 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 10.0 MIN 5, TB 1 Kyle Gibson (W, 4‑6) 8.0 5 1 1 0 9
NL 8.0 PIT 6, MIL 3 Jameson Taillon (W, 6‑7) 6.0 4 1 1 2 10
BAT 4.0 WSH 5, NYM 4 Anthony Rendon 3B 5 3 3 3
4.0 PHI 5, BAL 4 Jorge Alfaro C 4 2 3 3
BAT 4.0 LAA 11, SEA 2 Albert Pujols DH 4 2 3 3
4.0 BOS 6, TOR 4 Mookie Betts RF 4 1 2 5
4.0 LAD 3, SD 2 Ross Stripling (W, 8‑2) 6.0 6 0 0 1 5
3.0 OAK 6, HOU 4 Lou Trivino (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.0 NYY 7, CLE 4 Brett Gardner LF 5 2 2 3
2.0 `COL 5, ARI 1 Wade Davis 1.0 0 0 0 0 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 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 +/‑
Stripling, Ross 3629 pi sp lad nl 8.7 9.7 14.4 14.4 +7.7
Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 7.2 13.2 24.4 24.4 +1.2
Trivino, Lou 3939 pi mr cp oak al 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 +7.0
Taillon, Jameson 3658 pi sp pit nl 6.4 15.4 20.4 20.4 -2.6
Gardner, Brett 2486 cf lf nyy al 5.5 7.2 14.2 25.7 +3.8
Gibson, Kyle 3312 pi sp min al 4.7 6.7 23.7 23.7 +2.7
Davis, Wade 2681 pi cp col nl 4.0 9.0 27.0 35.0 -1.0
Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b dc nl 3.0 11.0 23.0 23.0 -5.0
Pujols, Albert 1438 dh ana al 1.5 7.0 33.5 189.3 -4.0
Alfaro, Jorge 3920 ca phi nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
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