Phillies’ Nola tops players for Friday, Aug. 17, rises to 4th in player rankings; Scherzer regains player rankings lead

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Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to fourth place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 17:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 21.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 20.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
4 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 16.4
5 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 16.0
8 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4
9 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 15.1
10 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 15.0
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Also Friday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer regains the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

In addition Friday, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors. Plus, Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks rises to lead National League batters in 2018 Box-Toppers points after earning NL Batter of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Nola struck out 11 over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 4-2 win over the Mets.

Nola earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 16.4 for the season, rising from 10th to fourth in season player rankings, second among NL pitchers, behind overall leader Scherzer (21.1).

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
8/17 Max Scherzer dc nl 21.1
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Nola becomes the ninth player to reach 15 Box-Toppers points this season. It is his second season with 15 points—he had 15.8 in 2017 with the Phillies, sixth among NL pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco struck out six over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 2-1 win over the Orioles.

Carrasco earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 15.1 for the season, rising to ninth place in season player rankings, seventh among AL pitchers.

Carrasco becomes the 10th player to reach 15 Box-Toppers points this season. It is his third season with 15 or more points—in 2015 with the Indians, he had 18.0 points, fifth among AL pitchers and in 2017 with the Indians, he had 21.8 points, third among AL pitchers and sixth among all players.

American League Batter of the Day—Tim Anderson of the White Sox tripled, doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in one run, in the 9-3 win over the Royals.

National League Batter of the Day—Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks homered and went 2-for-2, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 9-4 win over the Padres.

Goldschmidt earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 7.5 for the season, rising to first place among NL batters. While Goldschmidt has the same Box-Toppers point total as two other NL batters (Eugenio Suarez of the Reds and Brandon Crawford of the Giants), Goldschmidt ranks ahead because he had the most 2017 Box-Toppers points—7.4. Suarez had 3.5 points in 2017 and Crawford had 1.7.

Suarez reached 7.5 Box-Toppers points on June 22 and had led NL batters with that unchanging total for nearly two months. At the time, he was 19th in season player rankings and now ranks 53rd.

Lowest points to lead category

Nolan Arenado holds the record for lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead category (10.7 to lead National League batters in 2016). Here are the lowest-point totals to win a league category since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995:

Player Team BTP Category
1 Nolan Arenado col nl 10.7 2016 NL bat
2 Carlos Gonzalez col nl 11.5 2015 NL bat
3 Troy Tulowitzki col nl 11.6 2014 NL bat
4 Edwin Encarnacion cle al 12.1 2017 AL bat
5 Adrian Beltre tex al 12.5 2015 AL bat
5 Aubrey Huff bal al 12.5 2008 AL bat
5 Ryan Braun mil nl 12.5 2012 NL bat
8 Manny Machado bal al 12.7 2016 AL bat
9 Adrian Beltre tex al 13.0 2012 AL bat
10 Paul Goldschmidt ari nl 13.7 2013 NL bat
10 Bret Boone sea al 13.7 2001 AL bat

The lack of movement among NL batters for the Box-Toppers points lead could mean the overall NL batting leader for 2018 will shatter the record for lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead a category. That dubious mark was set in 2016 by Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, who led NL batters with 10.7 points. With about six weeks remaining in the season, one of the three NL batters with 7.5 points will need 3.3 more Box-Toppers points to avoid setting a new record.

New leader—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer regains the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Scherzer (6IP 5H 0R BB 7K W in the 8-2 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 21.1 for the season, rising from second place and passing Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (20.1), who took the lead from Scherzer Sunday.

Scherzer’s lead among NL pitchers actually narrowed Friday. Previously, he was 5.1 points ahead of Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin (15.0). With Nola earning Player of the Day honors Friday, passing Corbin, Scherzer now holds a 4.7-point leader over Nola’s 16.4 points.

Friday marks the 21st time this season there has been a new Box-Toppers point leader, the most in one season since 2013, when there were 26 lead changes. This is the ninth time this season that Scherzer has taken the lead.

Scherzer ranked second in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 25.0, just behind Sale’s 25.1. Scherzer led players in 2016 with 25.7.

Scherzer also now has 177.8 career Box-Toppers points, ninth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails eighth-ranked player Alex Rodriguez (187.0). Scherzer ranks fifth among active players in career points.

Notable—Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels becomes the 25th player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Hamels (7IP 5H 0R 2BB 3K W in the 1-0 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.1 for the season, 25th among all players and ninth among NL pitchers.

It is Hamels’ 12th season with 10 or more points. He’s only had one season with fewer than 10 points—2017 with the Rangers when he fell just short with 9.4. His best year was 2016 with the Rangers when he had 17.8 points, second among AL pitchers and sixth among all players.

Hamels also now has 163.5 career Box-Toppers points, 16th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He 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.)

Scoring—Nola earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Carrasco earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Anderson and Goldschmidt each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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)

8/17 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 PHI 4, NYM 2 Aaron Nola (W, 14‑3) 7.0 3 1 1 1 11
AL +9.0 CLE 2, BAL 1 Carlos Carrasco (W, 15‑6) 7.0 3 0 0 1 6
+7.0 LAD 11, SEA 1 Walker Buehler (W, 6‑4) 6.0 3 1 1 2 8
+7.0 STL 5, MIL 2 Jack Flaherty (W, 7‑6) 6.0 3 0 0 3 7
+7.0 WSH 8, MIA 2 Max Scherzer (W, 16‑5) 6.0 5 0 0 1 7
+6.0 COL 11, ATL 5 Kyle Freeland (W, 11‑7) 6.0 3 1 1 4 9
BAT +4.0 CHW 9, KC 3 Tim Anderson SS 3 3 3 1
BAT +4.0 ARI 9, SD 4 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 2 2 2 2
+4.0 MIN 5, DET 4 Joe Mauer PH‑1B 1 1 1 3
+4.0 TEX 6, LAA 4 Jose Leclerc (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.2 `CIN 2, SF 1 (F/11) Anthony DeSclafani 7.2 6 1 1 1 5
+3.0 CHC 1, PIT 0 Cole Hamels (W, 8‑9) 7.0 5 0 0 2 3
+3.0 OAK 4, HOU 3 (F/10) Blake Treinen (W, 6‑2) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3
+3.0 NYY 7, TOR 5 (F/7) David Robertson (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 BOS 7, TB 3 Xander Bogaerts SS 4 1 3 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 +/‑
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 21.1 46.1 133.0 177.8 -3.9
Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 16.4 32.2 40.9 40.9 +0.6
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 15.1 36.9 78.0 83.4 -6.7
Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp chi nl 10.1 19.5 75.5 163.5 +0.7
Freeland, Kyle 3763 pi sp col nl 9.4 15.4 15.4 15.4 +3.4
Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 9.4 9.4 9.4 9.4 +9.4
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 8.1 8.1 8.1 8.1 +8.1
Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b ari nl 7.5 14.9 46.3 54.8 +0.1
Treinen, Blake 3495 pi cp oak al 7.0 8.0 9.0 9.0 +6.0
Bogaerts, Xander 3383 ss bos al 4.5 10.0 16.5 16.5 -1.0
Mauer, Joe 1869 1b dh ph min al 4.0 10.5 24.5 81.1 -2.5
DeSclafani, Anthony 3441 pi sp cin nl 4.0 4.0 15.7 15.7 +4.0
Anderson, Tim 3659 ss chi al 3.5 3.5 8.0 8.0 +3.5
Robertson, David 2774 pi mr cp nyy al 2.0 8.0 29.0 34.0 -4.0
Leclerc, Jose 3768 pi mr cp tex al 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
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