Red Sox’ Rick Porcello tops players for Tuesday, Aug. 14; Corbin, Kluber rise in player rankings top 10

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Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello is Tuesday’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. 14:  
 

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 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 15.0
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 14.7
9 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 14.4
10 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 14.1
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Also Tuesday, two players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 after earning Player of the Game honors—Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin rises to seventh place and Indians pitcher Corey Kluber rises to eighth place.

Porcello, Corbin and Kluber are among five players with 10 or more Box-Toppers points this season who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Player of the Day—Porcello struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks, in the 2-1 win over the Phillies.

Porcello earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.4 for the season. He becomes the 22nd player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points and now ranks 23rd among all players, 15th among American League pitchers.

This is Porcello’s first season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. His previous high was 2014 with the Tigers when he had 8.7 points, 32nd among AL pitchers. In 2016, Porcello won the AL Cy Young Award, despite having only 8.0 Box-Toppers points with the Red Sox, 31st among AL pitchers. Porcello led in wins in 2016 with 22.

National League Player of the Day—Brewers pitcher Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, in the 7-0 win over the Cubs.

Chacin earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 10.7 for the season. He becomes the 23rd player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points and ranks 20th among all players, seventh among NL pitchers.

This is Chacin’s second season with 10 or more points. In 2017, he had 11.4 points with the Padres, 13th among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Ronald Acuna of the Braves hit two homers and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 10-6 win over the Marlins.

This is the second day in a row Acuna has earned NL Batter of the Day honors. He was also NL Batter of the Day Monday in the 9-1 win over the Marlins.

Acuna earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day and has earned 3.0 points in the past two days. He has 6.5 points for the season and now ranks fifth among NL batters.

Acuna was the only NL batter—and one of only two batters overall—to earn Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

American League Batter of the Day—Jed Lowrie of the Athletics hit a two-run, third-inning, go-ahead homer in the 3-2 win over the Mariners. Lowrie went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in two runs.

Lowrie was the only AL batter—and one of only two batters overall—to earn Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Rankings—Two players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday:

  • Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin (7IP 6H 3R 0BB 7K W in the 6-4 win over the Rangers) rises from ninth to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings with 15.0 points. He ranks second among NL pitchers, behind Max Scherzer of the Nationals (20.1). Corbin becomes the seventh player this season to reach 15 Box-Toppers points. It is his second season with 15 or more—in 2013, he had 17.4 points with the Diamondbacks, sixth among all players and fifth among NL pitchers.
  • Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (7IP 5H R 2BB 7K W in the 8-1 win over the Reds) rises to eighth place with 14.7 Box-Toppers points. He ranks sixth among AL pitchers. Kluber now has 102.1 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 74th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Tuesday, he passes four players on the “all-time” list—Jason Schmidt (101.2), Mark Teixeira (101.3), Tim Wakefield (101.4) and Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez (101.9). Kluber now trails 73rd-ranked Ken Griffey Jr. (102.2). (It should be noted Griffey would have an estimated 140 career points if his entire career from 1989 were tracked).

Notable—One other player with 10 or more Box-Toppers points earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday—Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (7IP H 0R 4BB 4K W in the 4-1 win over the Rays).

Happ earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 11.7 for the season. He ranks 18th among all players and 12th among AL pitchers.

Debut—White Sox pitcher Jace Fry made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Fry (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 4K ND in the 6-3 win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut Sept. 5, 2017, and was playing in his 53rd career game.

Scoring—Porcello earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Chacin earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Acuna and Lowrie each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

8/14 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 BOS 2, PHI 1 Rick Porcello (W, 15‑5) 7.0 2 1 1 0 10
NL +12.0 MIL 7, CHC 0 Jhoulys Chacin (W, 12‑4) 7.0 3 0 0 2 10
+7.0 COL 5, HOU 1 German Marquez (W, 10‑9) 7.0 3 1 1 2 7
+6.0 NYY 4, TB 1 J.A. Happ (W, 13‑6) 7.0 1 0 0 4 4
+6.0 `CHW 6, DET 3 Jace Fry (H, 12) 2.0 0 0 0 0 4
+5.1 STL 6, WSH 4 John Gant (W, 5‑4) 5.1 4 1 1 0 6
+5.0 CLE 8, CIN 1 Corey Kluber (W, 15‑6) 7.0 5 1 1 2 7
+5.0 `SF 2, LAD 1 Andrew Suarez 6.0 2 0 0 3 4
+4.2 MIN 5, PIT 2 Jake Odorizzi (W, 5‑7) 5.2 4 2 2 2 9
BAT +4.0 ATL 10, MIA 6 Ronald Acuna LF 5 2 3 4
+3.0 LAA 7, SD 3 Jaime Barria (W, 8‑7) 5.0 6 1 1 1 7
+3.0 TOR 6, KC 5 Ken Giles (S, 14) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 ARI 6, TEX 4 Patrick Corbin (W, 10‑4) 7.0 6 3 3 0 7
+2.0 BAL 6, NYM 3 Mychal Givens (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
BAT +1.0 OAK 3, SEA 2 Jed Lowrie 2B 4 1 2 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 +/‑
Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 15.0 24.7 51.2 57.2 +5.3
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 14.7 36.7 102.1 102.1 -7.3
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 11.7 17.4 52.6 68.6 +6.0
Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp mil nl 10.7 22.1 33.5 49.9 -0.7
Porcello, Rick 2573 pi sp bos al 10.4 13.4 40.1 56.1 +7.4
Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 9.7 14.4 14.4 14.4 +5.0
Acuña, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf atl nl 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 +6.5
Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 5.0 16.1 42.2 42.2 -6.1
Gant, John 3660 pi sp cp mr stl nl 5.0 5.0 6.0 6.0 +5.0
Suarez, Andrew 3963 pi sp sf nl 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Barria, Jaime 3964 pi sp ana al 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Lowrie, Jed 2437 2b 3b oak al 3.0 8.7 22.2 35.7 -2.7
Givens, Mychal 3599 pi mr cp bal al 2.0 4.0 7.0 7.0 0.0
Giles, Ken 3402 pi cp tor al 1.0 6.0 14.0 14.0 -4.0
Fry, Jace 4044 pi mr chi al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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