Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty tops players for Wednesday, Aug. 22; Rangers’ Minor tops AL players

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Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty is Wednesday’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. 22:  
 

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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Flaherty struck out 10 over six innings, allowing one run and two walks, in the 3-1 win over the Dodgers. Flaherty did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because when he exited, the Cardinals trailed, 1-0.

Flaherty earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.4 for the season, most among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Wednesday. Flaherty is 22nd in Box-Toppers season player rankings, eighth among National League pitchers.

Flaherty becomes the 26th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. There were 38 in 2017. It is Flaherty’s first 10-point season in his first season earning Box-Toppers points.

American League Player of the Day—Rangers pitcher Mike Minor pitched six scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out four, in the 4-2 win over the Athletics.

American League Batter of the Day—Martin Maldonado of the Astros homered, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 10-7 win over the Mariners.

National League Batter of the Day—Ian Desmond of the Rockies tripled and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 6-2 win over the Padres.

Notable—Braves pitcher Julio Teheran becomes the 27th player to reach 10 Box-Toppers points in 2018 after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Teheran (7IP 2H R BB 5K W in the 2-1 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season, 24th among all players and ninth among NL pitchers.

This is the fourth season Teheran has earned 10 or more Box-Toppers points in a season in the six seasons in which he has earned points, all with the Braves:

  • In 2013, he had 13.7 points.
  • In 2014, he had 14.4 points, ninth among NL pitchers.
  • In 2016, he had 10.7 points.

Teheran had 5.0 points in 2017.

Debut—Blue Jays pitcher Thomas Pannone made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Pannone (7IP H 0R 2BB 3K W in the 6-0 win over the Orioles) made his Major League debut Aug. 10 and was playing in his fifth career game.

Scoring—Flaherty earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Minor earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Maldonado and Desmond 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)

8/22 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 `STL 3, LAD 1 Jack Flaherty 6.0 1 1 1 2 10
+10.0 ARI 5, LAA 1 Clay Buchholz (W, 7‑2) 7.0 4 0 0 0 7
+9.0 MIL 4, CIN 0 Freddy Peralta (W, 6‑4) 7.0 3 0 0 2 7
AL +8.0 TEX 4, OAK 2 Mike Minor (W, 10‑6) 6.0 1 0 0 1 4
+7.0 ATL 2, PIT 1 Julio Teheran (W, 9‑7) 7.0 2 1 1 1 5
+7.0 TOR 6, BAL 0 Thomas Pannone (W, 1‑0) 7.0 1 0 0 2 3
+4.1 `MIA 9, NYY 3 Trevor Richards 5.1 3 2 2 3 9
BAT +3.0 HOU 10, SEA 7 Martin Maldonado C 5 2 3 3
BAT +3.0 COL 6, SD 2 Ian Desmond 1B 3 2 2 2
+2.0 TB 6, KC 3 Carlos Gomez RF 3 2 2 1
+2.0 CHC 8, DET 2 David Bote 3B 2 1 1 2
+2.0 NYM 5, SF 3 Noah Syndergaard (W, 9‑3) 6.0 5 2 2 1 6
+1.1 WSH 8, PHI 7 Matt Grace (W, 1‑1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1
+1.0 BOS 10, CLE 4 Xander Bogaerts SS 5 2 2 2
+1.0 CHW 7, MIN 3 Carlos Rodon (W, 5‑3) 6.0 3 2 2 3 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 +/‑
Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 11.4 11.4 11.4 11.4 +11.4
Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 10.7 15.7 62.2 62.2 +5.7
Peralta, Freddy 3965 pi sp mil nl 8.7 8.7 8.7 8.7 +8.7
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 6.7 8.7 25.1 35.8 +4.7
Richards, Trevor 3945 pi sp fla nl 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +6.0
Bogaerts, Xander 3383 ss bos al 5.5 11.0 17.5 17.5 0.0
Rodon, Carlos 3494 pi sp chi al 4.7 7.7 23.8 23.8 +1.7
Buchholz, Clay 2363 pi sp ari nl 4.7 4.7 32.5 63.6 +4.7
Maldonado, Martin 3082 ca hou al 4.5 5.5 10.0 13.0 +3.5
Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp nym nl 4.0 7.0 34.1 34.1 +1.0
Gomez, Carlos 2397 rf tb al 4.0 6.5 23.5 38.5 +1.5
Bote, David 4032 2b 3b chi nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Desmond, Ian 2673 1b col nl 2.5 3.5 19.2 30.7 +1.5
Grace, Matt 3888 pi cp dc nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Pannone, Thomas 4051 pi sp tor al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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