Mets’ Jose Bautista tops players for Thursday, Aug. 16; Rays’ Snell tops AL players

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Jose Bautista of the Mets is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Meanwhile, Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 16:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 20.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 19.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
5 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 16.1
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 16.0
8 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 15.4
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4
10 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 15.0
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Player of the Day—Bautista hit a grand slam and doubled, going 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in seven runs, in the 24-4 win over the Phillies.

Bautista has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons after earning his first points of 2018—he earns 2.0 points for being Player of the Day. 

Bautista earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Pirates and has 67.4 career points, sixth among active National League outfielders, ninth among active NL batters. His best year was 2010 with the Blue Jays when he had 15.2 points, first among American League batters. He twice extended his consecutive season streak with just 1.0 Box-Toppers point per season in 2009 and 2016, both with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he had 2.5 points with the Blue Jays.

Thursday was the first time in Bautista’s career he earned overall Box-Toppers Player of the Day honors (worth 2.0 Box-Toppers points). He was AL Player of the Day twice (worth 1.7 points), once in 2010 and once in 2011 and has won league Batter of the Day honors (worth 1.5 points) 22 times.

Bautista’s Box-Toppers game score of +9.0 ranked ahead of two pitchers with notable performances Thursday:

  • Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, Player of the Game in the 1-0 win over the Pirates, also had a game score of +9.0. But in cases of game score ties, batters rank ahead of pitchers, giving Bautista the edge in this case.

  • Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Buchholz, Player of the Game in the 5-1 win over the Padres, pitched a complete game, but had a slightly lower game score +8.0, behind Bautista (CG 5H R 0BB 6K W). Pitching a complete game usually assures Player of the Day honors and almost always ranks ahead of all batters. Not Thursday.

American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Blake Snell struck out six over five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Yankees.

Snell earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 16.1 for the season, most among the 10 who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday. Snell rises to fifth in Box-Toppers season player rankings, fourth among AL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—Logan Forsythe of the Twins hit two doubles and went 5-for-5, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 15-8 win over the Tigers.

This was Forsythe’s second straight day earning Player of the Game honors. He was also Player of the Game Wednesday in the 6-4 win over the Pirates. They are Forsythe’s only two Player of the Game honors in 2018; he has 2.5 Box-Toppers points for the season—and for the past two days.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Thursday because the overall Player of the Day is NL batter Jose Bautista.

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 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 161.6
18 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 155.9
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Notable—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester now has 161.6 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 17th place among all players since 1995, after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Lester (6IP 5H 0R 0BB 8K W in the 1-0 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point to pass John Smoltz (160.9) on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” list. (It should be noted Smoltz would have an estimated 255 career points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked.) Lester now trails 16th-ranked player on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” list, teammate Cole Hamels (162.5). Lester ranks ninth among active players in career points .

Lester now has 7.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 22nd among NL pitchers.

Lester now has 7.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 22nd among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Rockies pitcher Jon Gray becomes the 24th player in 2018 to reach 10 Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Gray (7IP 5H 3R BB 9K ND in the 5-3 win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season, 22nd among all players and eighth among NL pitchers. It is Gray’s first season with 10 or more points in the three seasons he has earned points.

Scoring—Bautista earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Snell earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Forsythe earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

8/16 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 NYM 24, PHI 4 Jose Bautista RF 4 3 3 7
+9.0 CHC 1, PIT 0 Jon Lester (W, 13‑5) 6.0 5 0 0 0 8
+8.0 ARI 5, SD 1 Clay Buchholz (W, 6‑2) 9.0 5 1 1 0 6
AL +8.0 TB 3, NYY 1 Blake Snell (W, 14‑5) 5.0 2 0 0 1 6
BAT +5.0 MIN 15, DET 8 Logan Forsythe 2B 5 3 5 2
+4.0 TEX 8, LAA 6 Matt Moore (W, 2‑6) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
+4.0 `COL 5, ATL 3 Jon Gray 7.0 5 3 3 1 9
+3.0 PHI 9, NYM 6 Rhys Hoskins LF 3 1 2 3
+1.0 WSH 5, STL 4 Bryce Harper CF‑RF 5 0 3 3
+1.0 KC 6, TOR 2 Rosell Herrera 2B 4 1 3 1
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 +/‑
Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 16.1 21.1 25.1 25.1 +11.1
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 10.7 15.4 22.4 22.4 +6.0
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp chi nl 7.7 18.4 81.6 161.6 -3.0
Harper, Bryce 3011 rf cf dc nl 5.0 12.0 33.4 39.4 -2.0
Buchholz, Clay 2363 pi sp ari nl 3.7 3.7 31.5 62.6 +3.7
Forsythe, Logan 3364 2b min al 2.5 4.5 10.0 10.0 +0.5
Bautista, Jose 2169 rf nym nl 2.0 4.5 25.0 67.4 -0.5
Hoskins, Rhys 3909 lf phi nl 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Herrera, Rosell 4035 dh 2b kc al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Moore, Matt 2975 pi mr sp tex al 1.0 5.7 34.2 43.6 -3.7
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