Tigers’ Nick Castellanos tops players for Monday, Aug. 13; Mets’ deGrom tops NL players

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Nick Castellanos of the Tigers is Monday’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 Aug. 13:  

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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Castellanos hit a go-ahead, seventh-inning homer and two doubles in the 9-5 win over the White Sox. Castellanos also went 5-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs.

Castellanos earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.5 for the season, 15th among American League batters and eighth among AL outfielders.

National League Player of the Day—Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom struck out 12 over 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned), five hits and two walks, in the 8-5 win over the Yankees.

deGrom earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 12.1 for the season, most among the 11 who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. deGrom rises to 15th in Box-Toppers season player rankings, fourth among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Ronald Acuna of the Braves homered, doubled and went 2-for-3, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 9-1 win over the Marlins.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall Player of the Day is AL batter Nick Castellanos.

Notable—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw did not earn Player of the Game honors Monday despite having the game’s best Box-Toppers game score because his team lost.

Kershaw had a Box-Toppers game score of +11.0 in the 5-2 loss to the Giants (8IP 4H R 0BB 9K ND). Player of the Game was Nick Hundley (1-1 R 2BI), who had the highest game score among the victorious Giants, +3.0.

Kershaw is the active leader in career Box-Toppers points with 211.8, which is third-most since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995. He also has a seven-year streak of earning at least 20.0 Box-Toppers points in a season and finishing among the top three players in season player rankings. Both of those look increasingly unlikely to continue in 2018. With about six weeks remaining in the season, Kershaw has just 5.0 Box-Toppers points and ranks 118th, 43rd among NL pitchers.

Debut—Ryan O'Hearn of the Royals made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

O’Hearn (HR 1-2 R 3BI in the 3-1 win over the Blue Jays) made his Major League debut July 31 and was playing in his eighth career game.

Scoring—Castellanos earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and deGrom earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Acuna earns 1.5 points for being NL 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)

8/13 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +7.0 DET 9, CHW 5 Nick Castellanos RF 5 2 5 5
NL +6.2 NYM 8, NYY 5 Jacob deGrom (W, 7‑7) 6.2 5 3 2 2 12
BAT +5.0 ATL 9, MIA 1 Ronald Acuna LF 3 3 2 3
+5.0 ATL 6, MIA 1 Mike Foltynewicz (W, 10‑7) 8.0 5 1 1 3 7
+4.1 `LAA 6, SD 3 (F/10) Andrew Heaney 7.1 4 2 2 1 6
+3.0 OAK 7, SEA 6 Jed Lowrie 2B 5 1 3 4
+3.0 CLE 10, CIN 3 Jose Ramirez 3B 5 2 3 3
+3.0 TEX 5, ARI 3 Robinson Chirinos C 4 1 2 4
+3.0 STL 7, WSH 6 Matt Carpenter 1B 4 2 2 3
+3.0 KC 3, TOR 1 Ryan O'Hearn DH 2 1 1 3
+3.0 SF 5, LAD 2 Nick Hundley PH 1 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 +/‑
deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 12.1 27.8 72.9 72.9 -3.6
Foltynewicz, Mike 3455 pi sp atl nl 9.7 13.7 20.4 20.4 +5.7
Ramirez, Jose 3436 3b cle al 6.0 16.0 21.0 21.0 -4.0
Heaney, Andrew 3515 pi sp ana al 5.7 6.7 10.7 10.7 +4.7
Castellanos, Nicholas 3349 rf det al 5.5 10.0 23.7 23.7 +1.0
Carpenter, Matt 2987 1b stl nl 5.5 5.5 30.0 35.0 +5.5
Chirinos, Robinson 2924 ca tex al 5.0 6.0 13.0 14.0 +4.0
Acuña, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf cf atl nl 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Hundley, Nick 2497 ca ph sf nl 4.5 9.0 18.5 31.5 0.0
Lowrie, Jed 2437 3b 2b oak al 2.0 7.7 21.2 34.7 -3.7
O’Hearn, Ryan 4043 dh kc al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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