Red Sox’ Chris Sale tops players for Sunday, Aug. 12, passes Scherzer for season player rankings lead

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Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to first place in season player rankings, passing previous leader, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer.

Top 10 players

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

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 20.1
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 20.1
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 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 14.4
8 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 14.1
9 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 14.0
10 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
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Sale struck out 12 over five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks, in the 4-1 win over the Orioles.

Sale earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 20.1 for the season. While he now has the same 2018 Box-Toppers point total as Scherzer, Sale ranks ahead on a razor-thin tiebreaker, having more 2017 Box-Toppers points than Scherzer—25.1 vs. 25.0.

Sale extends his Box-Toppers points lead among American League pitchers ahead of second-place Luis Severino of the Yankees (16.7 points).

2018 lead changes

Here are the season’s lead changes among players in Box-Toppers points. Chart shows the date and the player’s Box-Toppers point (BTP) total when they took the lead.  
 
Date Leader Team BTP
3/29 Luis Severino nyy al 2.0
3/30 Max Scherzer dc nl 2.0
4/02 Paul DeJong stl nl 2.5
4/04 Luis Severino nyy al 3.0
4/09 Max Scherzer dc nl 3.7
4/12 Jose Berrios min al 4.0
4/13 Gerrit Cole hou al 5.0
4/14 Max Scherzer dc nl 5.7
4/18 Jose Berrios min al 6.0
4/20 Max Scherzer dc nl 6.7
4/22 Patrick Corbin ari nl 7.0
4/27 Luis Severinio nyy al 7.7
5/1 Max Scherzer dc nl 7.7
5/2 Luis Severinio nyy al 9.7
5/11 Max Scherzer dc nl 11.4
6/4 Luis Severinio nyy al 13.7
6/5 Max Scherzer dc nl 15.4
7/1 Luis Severinio nyy al 16.7
7/27 Max Scherzer dc nl 18.4
8/12 Chris Sale bos al 20.1
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This is Sale’s second season and second straight season with 20 or more points after earning 25.1 in 2017. This is also the 20th time in 2018 there has been a new Box-Toppers season player rankings leader and the first time since April 27 that the leader has not been Scherzer or Severino. Those two have exchanged the lead four times since Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks led all players on April 26 with 7.0 Box-Toppers points.

This is the first time this season Sale has led players in Box-Toppers points. He led all players in 2017 with 25.1, just ahead of Scherzer’s 25.0.

Sale also now has 131.6 career Box-Toppers points, 32nd among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 31st-ranked player Jason Giambi (133.4).

Scherzer Sunday was very close to maintaining his 2018 Box-Toppers points lead as he was on track to earn National League Player of the Day honors until the Nationals lost to the Cubs, 4-3, on a walk-off grand slam by David Bote. Scherzer had a Box-Toppers game score of +14.0 (7IP 3H 0R BB 11K ND) and would have earned the win if the Nationals would have held on to defeat the Cubs. Instead, Scherzer received no Box-Toppers points and also lost the season player rankings lead.

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 211.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 198.7
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 189.3
7 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 188.2
8 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
9 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 176.8
10 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
11 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
12 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 169.4
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 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 162.5
17 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
18 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 160.6
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—Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels struck out nine over seven innings, allowing one run, one hit and one walk, in that 4-3 win over the Nationals. Hamels did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because when he exited, the Cubs trailed, 1-0.

Bote, who hit the walk-off grand slam with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth to give the Cubs their first and deciding runs of the game, had a Box-Toppers game score of +5.0 (GS 1-1 R 4BI). Hamels had a Box-Toppers game score of +12.0.

Hamels earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 162.5 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 16th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Sunday, he passes John Smoltz (160.9) on the “all-time” list. (It should be noted Smoltz would have an estimated 255 career points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked.) Hamels now trails 15th-ranked player Roger Clemens (164.8). (It should be noted that Clemens would have an estimated 320 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1984 were tracked.)

Hamels has 9.1 Box-Toppers points for the season, 10th among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks hit two homers and doubled, going 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 9-2 win over the Reds.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Sunday because no AL batter earned Player of the Game honors.

Notable—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia now has 198.7 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Sabathia (6IP H 0R 3BB 7K W in the 7-2 win over the Rangers), ranks fourth among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began, second among active players, behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (211.8).

Sabathia now has 6.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, 41st among AL pitchers.

Also notable—Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco now has 13.7 Box-Toppers points for the season after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Carrasco (7IP 3H R 0BB 9K W in the 9-7 win over the White Sox) ranks 13th among all players in 2018 points, 10th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Patrick Wisdom of the Cardinals made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Wisdom (2-4 2R BI in the 8-2 win over the Royals) made also making his Major League debut.

Scoring—Sale earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hamels earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Goldschmidt earns 1.5 points for being NL 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)

8/12 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +16.0 BOS 4, BAL 1 Chris Sale (W, 12‑4) 5.0 1 0 0 0 12
NL +12.0 `CHC 4, WSH 3 Cole Hamels 7.0 1 1 1 1 9
+11.0 CLE 9, CHW 7 Carlos Carrasco (W, 14‑6) 7.0 3 1 1 0 9
+9.0 NYY 7, TEX 2 CC Sabathia (W, 7‑4) 6.0 1 0 0 3 7
+7.0 SD 9, PHI 3 Joey Lucchesi (W, 6‑6) 6.0 2 0 0 3 6
+6.0 SF 4, PIT 3 Dereck Rodriguez (W, 6‑1) 7.0 2 1 1 1 4
+5.0 `SEA 4, HOU 3 (F/10) Erasmo Ramirez 5.0 3 0 0 0 3
+4.0 DET 4, MIN 2 Matthew Boyd (W, 7‑10) 6.0 2 1 1 1 3
+4.0 OAK 8, LAA 7 Blake Treinen (S, 30) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
BAT +3.0 ARI 9, CIN 2 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 5 2 3 3
+3.0 TOR 2, TB 1 Jaime Garcia (W, 3‑6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 NYM 4, MIA 3 Jose Reyes 2B 3 1 2 2
+2.0 ATL 8, MIL 7 A.J. Minter (S, 10) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
+1.0 STL 8, KC 2 Patrick Wisdom 1B 4 2 2 1
+0.1 `COL 4, LAD 3 Chad Bettis 6.1 3 1 1 4 3
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 +/‑
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 20.1 45.2 110.9 131.6 -5.0
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 13.7 35.5 76.6 82.0 -8.1
Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp chi nl 9.1 18.5 74.5 162.5 -0.3
Rodriguez, Dereck 3986 pi sp sf nl 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 +7.0
Sabathia, C.C. 1492 pi sp nyy al 6.0 13.7 31.1 198.7 -1.7
Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b ari nl 6.0 13.4 44.8 53.3 -1.4
Treinen, Blake 3495 pi cp oak al 6.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 +5.0
Boyd, Matthew 3550 pi sp det al 5.7 8.7 15.8 15.8 +2.7
Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Minter, A.J. 3946 pi cp atl nl 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Bettis, Chad 3481 pi sp col nl 3.0 5.0 17.1 17.1 +1.0
Garcia, Jaime 2508 pi sp mr tor al 2.0 6.0 28.4 49.8 -2.0
Ramirez, Erasmo 1786 pi sp sea al 1.0 7.0 18.7 21.7 -5.0
Reyes, Jose 1759 2b ss nym nl 1.0 4.5 10.5 34.5 -2.5
Wisdom, Patrick 4042 1b stl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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