Astros’ Justin Verlander tops players for Saturday, July 21, rises to 5th in player rankings

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Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fifth place in season player rankings.

Verlander also rises to 12th place in career Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of July 21:  

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 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.4
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 14.0
7 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 13.0
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 12.7
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
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Verlander struck out 11 over six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks, in the 7-0 win over the Angels.

Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 14.4 for the season, rising from ninth to fifth place in season player rankings, fourth among American League pitchers.

Verlander now has 168.4 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 12th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Saturday, Verlander passes two players on the “all-time” list—Johan Santana (166.6) and Manny Ramirez (167.2). He trails 11th-ranked player Roy Halladay (170.7). Verlander ranks seventh among active players in career points, behind Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (173.1).

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 210.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 196.7
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 189.3
7 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
8 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 185.2
9 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
10 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 173.1
11 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
12 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 168.4
13 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
14 Johan Santana pi sp free agent 166.6
15 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
16 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
17 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 159.8
18 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 159.6
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 155.9
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National League Player of the Day—Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez struck out six over six innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 3-2 win over the Rays.

This was his Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Lopez made his Major League debut June 30 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 4,028th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

American League Batter of the Day—Jose Iglesias of the Tigers homered, doubled and went 2-for-3, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 5-0 win over the Red Sox.

National League Batter of the Day—Josh Bell of the Pirates doubled and went 4-for-4, scoring once and driving in one run, in the 6-2 win over the Reds.

Notable—Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco became the 15th player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Carrasco (6.2IP 5H 2R BB 8K W in the 16-3 win over the Rangers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season, 13th among all players and 10th among AL pitchers.

This is the fifth straight season Carrasco has earned 10 or more points. In 2017, he had 21.8 Box-Toppers points, sixth among all players and third among AL pitchers.

Also notable—Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals earned Player of the Game honors for the second day in a row Saturday.

Carpenter (HR 1-1 R BI in the 6-3 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 4.5 for the season, 19th among NL batters. Carpenter was also overall Player of the Day Friday. While Carpenter’s Box-Toppers honors come in consecutive days, they do not come in consecutive games. Carpenter’s Player of the Game honor from Saturday came in the second game of a doubleheader; the first game was won by the Cubs (with Ben Zobrist as Player of the Game).

And another thing—Box-Toppers active career leader in Box-Toppers points, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, did not earn Player of the Game in his start Saturday, as his team lost.

Kershaw (6IP 7H 4R ER 0BB 5K L in the 4-2 loss to the Brewers) had a Box-Toppers game score of -1.0. Player of the Game was Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes (more on him later).

Kershaw has the most career Box-Toppers points of any active player, 210.8, which is third-most since tracking began in 1995. Kershaw has seven straight seasons of earning 20 or more Box-Toppers points and finishing among the top three players in points. However, he only has 4.0 Box-Toppers points this year and ranks 117th among all players, 44th among NL pitchers.

Debut—In addition to Lopez, two other players made their Box-Toppers debut Saturday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Brewers pitcher Corbin Barnes (2IP H 0R BB 3K W in the 4-2 win over the Dodgers) made his Major League debut July 10 and was playing in his third career game. He is the 4,029th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Tom Murphy of the Rockies (HR 1-1 R BI in the 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks) made his Major League debut Sept. 12, 2015, and was playing in his 64th career game. He is the 4,030th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Lopez earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Iglesias and Bell each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

7/21 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 HOU 7, LAA 0 Justin Verlander (W, 10‑5) 6.0 5 0 0 2 11
+9.1 CHW 5, SEA 0 Dylan Covey (W, 4‑5) 8.1 2 0 0 2 5
NL +6.0 MIA 3, TB 2 Pablo Lopez (W, 2‑1) 6.0 3 1 1 1 6
+5.0 TOR 4, BAL 1 Marcus Stroman (W, 3‑7) 7.0 5 1 1 2 7
+5.0 KC 4, MIN 2 Brian Flynn (W, 2‑1) 3.0 1 0 0 1 4
+4.2 CLE 16, TEX 3 Carlos Carrasco (W, 12‑5) 6.2 5 2 2 1 8
BAT +4.0 DET 5, BOS 0 Jose Iglesias SS 3 1 2 4
+3.2 `OAK 4, SF 3 (F/11) Trevor Cahill 5.2 2 1 1 3 5
+3.0 NYY 7, NYM 6 Miguel Andujar 3B 4 3 3 1
+3.0 MIL 4, LAD 2 Corbin Burnes (W, 1‑0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 3
BAT +2.0 PIT 6, CIN 2 Josh Bell 1B 4 1 4 1
+2.0 CHC 7, STL 2 Ben Zobrist 2B 4 2 4 0
+2.0 STL 6, CHC 3 Matt Carpenter 1B 1 1 1 1
+2.0 COL 6, ARI 5 Tom Murphy PH 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 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 +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.4 29.1 64.2 168.4 -0.3
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 10.7 32.5 73.6 79.0 -11.1
Carpenter, Matt 2987 1b 3b stl nl 4.5 4.5 29.0 34.0 +4.5
Cahill, Trevor 2658 pi sp oak al 4.0 10.4 20.4 50.6 -2.4
Covey, Dylan 3974 pi sp chi al 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Stroman, Marcus 3327 pi sp tor al 3.0 7.7 30.8 30.8 -1.7
Zobrist, Ben 2216 lf 2b 1b rf chi nl 3.0 3.0 13.0 35.0 +3.0
Iglesias, Jose 3532 ss det al 2.5 10.5 11.5 11.5 -5.5
Bell, Josh E. 3682 1b pit nl 2.5 6.5 8.0 8.0 -1.5
Andujar, Miguel 3839 3b nyy al 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 +1.5
Flynn, Brian 4018 pi mr kc al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Lopez, Pablo 4028 pi sp fla nl 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 +1.7
Burnes, Corbin 4029 pi mr mil nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Murphy, Tom 4030 ph col nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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