Indians’ Carlos Carrasco tops players for Wednesday, Aug. 1, rises to 10th in player rankings

Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to 10th 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. 1:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 18.4
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 18.1
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 14.4
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
8 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
9 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 12.8
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 12.7
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Carrasco struck out 10 over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 2-0 win over the Twins.

Carrasco earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 12.7 for the season, rising to 10th place in season player rankings, eighth among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Nationals pitcher Tommy Milone struck out nine over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and no walks, in the 5-3 win over the Mets.

American League Batter of the Day—Jonathan Lucroy of the Athletics doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-3 win over the Blue Jays.

National League Batter of the Day—Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the 6-4, 10-inning win over the Brewers. Grandal homered twice, going 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in three runs.

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 196.7
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 175.1
10 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
11 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
12 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 168.4
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 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
17 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 160.8
18 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 160.6
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 155.9
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Notable—Cole Hamels, pitching in his first game for the Cubs since being traded from the Rangers, rises to 17th place on Box-Toppers “all-time” career points list after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Hamels (5IP 3H R 0ER 2BB 9K W in the 9-2 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 160.8 career points. Interestingly, with his point Wednesday, Hamels passes new teammate Jon Lester (160.6) on the “all-time” career points list (Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995). Hamels now trails 16th-ranked player John Smoltz (160.9). (It should be noted Smoltz would have an estimated 255 career points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked.) Passing Lester, Hamels now ranks eighth among active players in career points.

Hamels earned most of his career points with his first team, the Phillies (119.8 from 2006 to 2015). He earned 39.0 points with the Rangers from 2015 to 2018.

Hamels has 7.4 Box-Toppers points for the season, 20th among NL pitchers.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Wednesday, each earning their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Cardinals pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon (2.1IP 0H 0R BB 2K ND in the 6-3 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut July 23 and was playing in his third career game. He is the 4,037th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995. In his first game July 23, Poncedeleon pitched seven no-hit innings before being pulled and the bullpen gave up two runs as the Cardinals lost the game, eliminating Poncedeleon’s chances of earning Player of the Game honors in his debut.
  • Max Stassi of the Astros (HR 2-4 R 3BI in the 8-3 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut Aug. 20, 2013, and was playing in his 109th career game. He is the 4,038th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Carrasco earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Milone earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Lucroy and Grandal 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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

8/1 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.1 CLE 2, MIN 0 Carlos Carrasco (W, 13‑5) 7.1 4 0 0 0 10
NL +11.0 WSH 5, NYM 3 Tommy Milone (W, 1‑0) 7.0 3 1 1 0 9
+8.0 CHC 9, PIT 2 Cole Hamels (W, 6‑9) 5.0 3 1 0 2 9
BAT +5.0 OAK 8, TOR 3 Jonathan Lucroy C 4 2 3 4
+4.0 KC 10, CHW 5 Alex Gordon LF 4 2 2 4
+3.1 `STL 6, COL 3 Daniel Poncedeleon 2.1 0 0 0 1 2
BAT +3.0 LAD 6, MIL 4 (F/10) Yasmani Grandal C 5 2 3 3
+3.0 DET 7, CIN 4 Jose Iglesias SS 3 1 2 3
+3.0 BAL 7, NYY 5 Alex Cobb (W, 3‑14) 6.0 7 1 1 0 6
+3.0 `TB 7, LAA 2 Tyler Glasnow 3.0 2 1 1 1 5
+2.0 HOU 8, SEA 3 Max Stassi C 4 1 2 3
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 +/‑
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 12.7 34.5 75.6 81.0 -9.1
Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp chi nl 7.4 16.8 72.8 160.8 -2.0
Iglesias, Jose 3532 ss det al 4.5 12.5 13.5 13.5 -3.5
Grandal, Yasmani 3058 ca lad nl 4.5 6.0 20.2 23.2 +3.0
Cobb, Alex 2916 pi sp bal al 3.0 11.4 32.8 42.8 -5.4
Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi mr tb al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Milone, Tommy 2954 pi sp dc nl 1.7 1.7 12.4 26.8 +1.7
Lucroy, Jonathan 2744 ca oak al 1.5 2.5 20.1 29.8 +0.5
Gordon, Alex 2328 lf kc al 1.0 2.0 12.0 33.5 0.0
Poncedeleon, Daniel 4037 pi mr stl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Stassi, Max 4038 ca hou al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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