Reds’ Anthony DeSclafani tops players for Friday, Aug. 10; White Sox’ Rodon tops AL players

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Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

DeSclafani struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks.

Top 10 players

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

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 20.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 18.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
6 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 14.0
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
9 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 13.8
10 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 13.7
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DeSclafani earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 83rd among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon struck out five over eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks, in the 1-0 win over the Indians.

Rodon did not earn the win and picked up a no-decision because the game was in a scoreless tie when he exited.

American League Batter of the Day—Brock Holt of the Red Sox homered and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 19-12 win over the Orioles.

National League Batter of the Day—Andrew McCutchen of the Giants homered and went 1-for-2, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 13-10 win over the Pirates.

Notable—Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Friday.

Wheeler (7IP 4H 2R BB 8K W in the 6-2 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.7 for the season, 66th among all players and 30th among NL pitchers.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Friday, each earning their first career Player of the Game honors:

  • Padres pitcher Jacob Nix (6IP 4H 0R 2BB 4K W in the 2-0 win over the Phillies) was also making his Major League debut.
  • Willy Adames of the Rays (2-2B 3-3 3R 0BI in the 7-0 win over the Blue Jays) made his Major League debut May 22 and was playing in his 43rd career game. 

Scoring—DeSclafani earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Rodon earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Holt and McCutchen 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)

8/10 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 CIN 3, ARI 0 Anthony DeSclafani (W, 6‑3) 7.0 3 0 0 0 9
+8.0 ATL 10, MIL 1 Kevin Gausman (W, 6‑9) 8.0 6 1 1 0 8
AL +7.0 `CHW 1, CLE 0 Carlos Rodon 8.0 4 0 0 2 5
+6.0 NYM 6, MIA 2 Zack Wheeler (W, 7‑6) 7.0 4 2 2 1 8
BAT +5.0 BOS 19, BAL 12 Brock Holt 2B 4 3 3 3
+4.0 TEX 12, NYY 7 Elvis Andrus SS 5 2 4 3
BAT +4.0 SF 13, PIT 10 Andrew McCutchen RF 2 3 1 2
+4.0 SD 2, PHI 0 Jacob Nix (W, 1‑0) 6.0 4 0 0 2 4
+3.0 TB 7, TOR 0 Willy Adames SS 3 3 3 0
+3.0 STL 7, KC 0 Austin Gomber (W, 2‑0) 5.0 4 0 0 1 3
+3.0 SEA 5, HOU 2 Edwin Diaz (S, 44) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.2 CHC 3, WSH 2 Steve Cishek (W, 3‑1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 COL 5, LAD 4 D.J. LeMahieu 2B 4 2 2 2
+1.0 LAA 4, OAK 3 Justin Upton LF 4 1 2 2
+1.0 DET 5, MIN 3 Niko Goodrum 2B 3 1 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 +/‑
Wheeler, Zack 3204 pi sp nym nl 6.7 7.7 19.4 19.4 +5.7
Diaz, Edwin 3690 pi cp sea al 6.0 15.0 22.0 22.0 -3.0
Upton, Justin 2411 lf ana al 5.0 12.5 40.9 63.6 -2.5
Goodrum, Niko 3932 1b rf 3b 2b pr det al 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Rodon, Carlos 3494 pi sp chi al 3.7 6.7 22.8 22.8 +0.7
Gomber, Austin 3985 pi sp mr stl nl 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 +3.7
McCutchen, Andrew 2637 rf cf sf nl 3.5 12.5 42.5 66.4 -5.5
LeMahieu, DJ 3091 2b col nl 3.5 8.0 27.0 29.0 -1.0
DeSclafani, Anthony 3441 pi sp cin nl 3.0 3.0 14.7 14.7 +3.0
Cishek, Steve 2997 pi mr chi nl 2.0 4.0 26.0 29.0 0.0
Holt, Brock 3340 2b bos al 1.5 3.0 7.5 7.5 0.0
Gausman, Kevin 3191 pi sp atl nl 1.0 12.1 36.3 36.3 -10.1
Andrus, Elvis 2582 ss tex al 1.0 12.0 25.2 31.7 -10.0
Adames, Willy 4041 ss tb al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Nix, Jacob 4040 pi sp sd nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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