Phillies’ Aaron Nola tops players for Monday, July 9; Nola, Berrios rise in top 10 player rankings

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Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fifth 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 July 9:  
 

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 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 14.0
5 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
6 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 12.7
7 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 12.7
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
9 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
10 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 11.0
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Also Monday, Twins pitcher Jose Berrios rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Nola struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Mets.

Nola earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 13.4 for the season, rising from ninth to fifth in season player rankings, second among National League pitchers, behind Max Scherzer of the Nationals (16.4 points).

American League Player of the Day—Twins pitcher Jose Berrios struck out eight over seven innings, allowing one run, six hits and no walks, in the 3-1 win over the Royals.

Berrios earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 15.1 for the season, rising from fourth to third place in season player rankings, second among AL pitchers, behind overall leader Luis Severino of the Yankees (16.7 points).

National League Batter of the Day—Gregory Polanco of the Pirates homered and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 6-3 win over the Nationals.

American League Batter of the Day—Brett Gardner of the Yankees homered, doubled and went 4-for-6, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 10-2 win over the Orioles.

Notable—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw now has 210.8 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Kershaw (6IP 2H 0R BB 5K W in the 8-2 win over the Padres) maintains his spot in third-place among players in career Box-Toppers points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails second-ranked player Pedro Martinez (244.8). Kershaw leads active players in career points, ahead of second-place player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (196.7).

Kershaw Monday earned his first Box-Toppers point in nearly three months; he last earned Player of the Game honors April 15. In between, he’s spent two stints on the disabled list.

Kershaw now has 4.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, the fewest he’s had at this point in any season since 2008, when he did not make his Box-Toppers debut until July 27. Kershaw, who has ranked first, second or third among all players in each of the past seven seasons, currently ranks 106th among all players in 2018 points, 41st among NL pitchers.

Scoring—Nola earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Berrios earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Polanco and Gardner each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)

7/9 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 15.0 PHI 3, NYM 1 Aaron Nola (W, 12‑2) 7.0 1 0 0 1 10
8.0 LAD 8, SD 2 Clayton Kershaw (W, 3‑4) 6.0 2 0 0 1 5
AL 7.0 MIN 3, KC 1 Jose Berrios (W, 9‑7) 7.0 6 1 1 0 8
BAT 5.0 PIT 6, WSH 3 Gregory Polanco RF 3 2 2 4
4.2 BOS 5, TEX 0 Eduardo Rodriguez (W, 11‑3) 5.2 3 0 0 3 5
BAT 4.0 NYY 10, BAL 2 Brett Gardner CF 6 3 4 3
3.0 CIN 7, CLE 5 Scott Schebler RF 5 1 4 3
3.0 OAK 2, HOU 0 Frankie Montas (W, 5‑2) 6.0 3 0 0 2 2
2.0 BAL 5, NYY 4 Danny Valencia RF 3 1 1 3
2.0 NYM 4, PHI 3 (F/10) Wilmer Flores PH 1 1 1 1
2.0 `SF 2, CHC 1 (F/11) Andrew Suarez 6.0 3 1 1 4 5
1.0 TB 10, DET 9 (F/10) Carlos Gomez RF 5 0 3 3
1.0 MIA 4, MIL 3 (F/10) Bryan Holaday C 2 0 1 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 15.1 24.1 24.1 24.1 +6.1
Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4 29.2 37.9 37.9 -2.4
Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480 pi sp bos al 8.7 17.4 28.1 28.1 0.0
Gardner, Brett 2486 cf lf nyy al 4.5 6.2 13.2 24.7 +2.8
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 4.0 27.1 130.4 210.8 -19.1
Polanco, Gregory 3361 rf pit nl 4.0 9.5 22.0 22.0 -1.5
Suarez, Andrew 3963 pi sp sf nl 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Gomez, Carlos 2397 rf tb al 2.0 4.5 21.5 36.5 -0.5
Schebler, Scott 3897 rf cin nl 2.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 -0.5
Montas, Frankie 3803 pi sp oak al 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Valencia, Danny 2772 rf 1b 3b bal al 1.0 3.7 11.7 16.7 -1.7
Flores, Wilmer 3345 3b 1b 2b ph nym nl 1.0 1.0 10.5 10.5 +1.0
Holaday, Bryan 3332 ca fla nl 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
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