Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to sixth place in season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 15:
|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||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||16.0|
|7||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||15.4|
|8||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||ari nl||15.0|
|9||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||14.7|
|10||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||14.4|
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Cole struck out 12 over six innings, allowing one run, five hits and no walks, in the 12-1 win over the Rockies.
Cole earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 16.0 for the season, fifth among American League pitchers.
Cole becomes the eighth player this season to reach 15 Box-Toppers points. It is his second season to reach 15 points—he did it in 2015 with the Pirates, when he had 19.0 points, ninth among all players and sixth among National League pitchers.
Cole had a Box-Toppers game score Wednesday of +11.0, same as Mariners pitcher Mike Leake, who was Player of the Game in the 2-0, 12-inning win over the Athletics (8IP 2H 0R BB 6K ND). But Cole held the tiebreaker advantage to earn overall Player of the Day honors (and the bonus 1.0 Box-Toppers point) because he earned the win in his game, while Leake picked up a no-decision in his game.
National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out six over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 4-3, 12-inning win over the Giants. Ryu picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the Giants tied the game after he exited.
National League Batter of the Day—Brandon Nimmo of the Mets tripled and hit two doubles, going 5-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 16-5 win over the Orioles.
American League Batter of the Day—Matt Davidson of the White Sox homered and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 6-5 win over the Tigers.
Scoring—Cole earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Ryu earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Nimmo and Davidson each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
|MLB||+11.0||HOU 12, COL 1||Gerrit Cole (W, 11‑5)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||5||1||1||0||12|
|+11.0||`SEA 2, OAK 0 (F/12)||Mike Leake||‑||‑||‑||‑||8.0||2||0||0||1||6|
|NL||+9.0||`LAD 4, SF 3 (F/12)||Hyun‑Jin Ryu||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||3||0||0||0||6|
|BAT||+6.0||NYM 16, BAL 5||Brandon Nimmo RF||5||3||5||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+6.0||`LAA 3, SD 2||Felix Pena||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||2||1||0||4||7|
|+6.0||`CLE 4, CIN 3||Cody Allen (H, 2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||2.0||0||0||0||0||4|
|+5.0||PHI 7, BOS 4||Wilson Ramos C||4||3||3||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+5.0||STL 4, WSH 2||Austin Gomber (W, 3‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||3||0||0||4||6|
|+5.0||TB 6, NYY 1||Ryan Yarbrough (W, 11‑5)||‑||‑||‑||‑||4.0||2||0||0||0||3|
|BAT||+3.0||CHW 6, DET 5||Matt Davidson 3B||4||2||3||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||TOR 6, KC 5||Curtis Granderson DH||4||1||2||4||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||MIN 6, PIT 4||Logan Forsythe 2B||3||1||2||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||ATL 5, MIA 2||A.J. Minter (S, 11)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|+2.0||CHC 8, MIL 4||Anthony Rizzo 1B||4||1||2||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
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 playersHere 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||+/‑|
|Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||16.0||23.0||58.9||58.9||+9.0|
|Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||7.1||12.1||33.2||33.2||+2.1|
|Granderson, Curtis 2051||dh rf||tor al||6.7||9.9||21.9||75.7||+3.5|
|Davidson, Matt 3292||dh 3b 1b||chi al||6.7||9.7||11.7||11.7||+3.7|
|Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||5.5||21.0||43.0||48.0||-10.0|
|Leake, Mike 2709||pi sp||sea al||5.0||10.7||41.4||55.3||-0.7|
|Ramos, Wilson 2904||ca||phi nl||5.0||8.5||20.5||24.5||+1.5|
|Minter, A.J. 3946||pi cp||atl nl||5.0||5.0||5.0||5.0||+5.0|
|Yarbrough, Ryan 3962||pi mr||tb al||5.0||5.0||5.0||5.0||+5.0|
|Gomber, Austin 3985||pi sp||stl nl||4.7||4.7||4.7||4.7||+4.7|
|Pena, Felix 4002||pi sp||ana al||4.0||4.0||4.0||4.0||+4.0|
|Nimmo, Brandon 3895||lf rf||nym nl||3.2||6.4||6.4||6.4||0.0|
|Allen, Cody 3265||pi cp mr||cle al||2.0||7.0||23.0||23.0||-3.0|
|Forsythe, Logan 3364||2b||min al||1.0||3.0||8.5||8.5||-1.0|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.