Athletics’ Brett Anderson tops players for Tuesday, Aug. 21; Rays’ Snell rises to 9th in player rankings

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Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson 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. 21:  
 

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 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 15.4
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 15.1
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Also Tuesday, Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, David Peralta 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—Anderson struck out six over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 6-0 win over the Rangers.

Anderson earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, 54th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, two walks and striking out five, in the 6-1 win over the Pirates.

National League Batter of the Day—David Peralta of the Diamondbacks homered, doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 5-4 win over the Angels.

Peralta earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 8.5 for the season, rising to first place among NL batters, passing previous leader, teammate Paul Goldschmidt (7.5), who only took the lead Friday, Aug. 17. Peralta ranks 41st among all players in 2018 Box-Toppers points.

American League Batter of the Day—Billy McKinney of the Blue Jays homered and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 8-2 win over the Orioles.

This was McKinney’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. McKinney made his Major League debut March 30 and was playing in his sixth career game.

Rankings—Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Snell (6IP 4H R BB 11K W in the 4-1 win over the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 15.4 for the season. He becomes the 11th player this season with 15 points and it is his first season with that many points. He ranks seventh among AL pitchers.

Debut—Four players made their Box-Toppers debuts Tuesday with their first career Player of the Game honors. In addition to McKinney, mentioned previously, who earned AL Batter of the Day honors, they are:

  • Astros pitcher Framber Valdez (4.1IP 2H R 0ER BB 4K W in the 3-2 win over the Mariners), who was making his Major League debut.
  • Jeff McNeil of the Mets (2B 4-4 2R BI in the 6-3 win over the Giants), who made his Major League debut July 24 and was playing in his 27th career game.
  • Andrew Stevenson of the Nationals (HR 1-1 R 2BI in the 10-4 win over the Phillies), who made his Major League debut July 13, 2017, and was playing in his 63rd career game.

Scoring—Anderson earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Gausman earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Peralta and McKinney 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)

8/21 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 OAK 6, TEX 0 Brett Anderson (W, 3‑3) 7.0 1 0 0 1 6
+10.0 TB 4, KC 1 Blake Snell (W, 15‑5) 6.0 4 1 1 1 11
NL +7.0 ATL 6, PIT 1 Kevin Gausman (W, 8‑9) 8.0 4 0 0 2 5
BAT +5.0 ARI 5, LAA 4 David Peralta LF 3 2 3 3
+4.1 HOU 3, SEA 2 Framber Valdez (W, 1‑0) 4.1 2 1 0 1 4
BAT +4.0 TOR 8, BAL 2 Billy McKinney LF‑RF 3 2 2 3
+4.0 `STL 5, LAD 2 Daniel Poncedeleon 4.0 5 1 1 1 8
+3.0 NYM 6, SF 3 Jeff McNeil 2B 4 2 4 1
+3.0 CLE 6, BOS 3 Yan Gomes C 4 2 3 2
+3.0 WSH 10, PHI 4 Andrew Stevenson PH 1 1 1 2
+3.0 MIN 5, CHW 2 Taylor Rogers (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 SD 4, COL 3 Kirby Yates (S, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 `NYY 2, MIA 1 (F/12) Masahiro Tanaka 6.0 4 1 1 1 4
+2.0 CIN 9, MIL 7 Scooter Gennett 2B 4 1 2 3
+1.0 DET 2, CHC 1 Jordan Zimmermann (W, 6‑5) 6.0 7 1 1 1 5
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 15.4 20.4 24.4 24.4 +10.4
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 8.7 20.1 54.9 54.9 -2.7
Peralta, David 3370 lf ari nl 8.5 10.5 22.4 22.4 +6.5
Gennett, Scooter 3254 2b cin nl 4.5 15.2 26.7 26.7 -6.2
Zimmermann, Jordan 2612 pi sp det al 4.0 6.0 45.7 66.4 +2.0
Anderson, Brett 2597 pi sp oak al 4.0 5.0 15.0 32.7 +3.0
Gausman, Kevin 3191 pi sp atl nl 2.7 13.8 38.0 38.0 -8.4
Gomes, Yan 3177 ca cle al 2.5 8.0 17.2 17.2 -3.0
Yates, Kirby 3628 pi cp mr sd nl 2.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 0.0
Poncedeleon, Daniel 4037 pi mr sp stl nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
McKinney, Billy 4049 lf rf tor al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Rogers, Taylor 3648 pi cp mr min al 1.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 -1.0
McNeil, Jeff 4050 2b nym nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Stevenson, Andrew 4051 ph dc nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Valdez, Framber 4048 pi mr hou al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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