Rockies’ German Marquez tops players for Saturday, Aug. 25; Yankees’ Gray tops AL players

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Rockies pitcher German Marquez is Saturday’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. 25:  
 

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 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 18.1
4 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
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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Marquez struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 9-1 win over the Cardinals. Marquez did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was tied when he exited. The Rockies scored eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the lead.

Marquez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.7 for the season, becoming the 29th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. Marquez ranks 21st among all players and eighth among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray struck out seven over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 5-1 win over the Orioles.

American League Batter of the Day—Lucas Duda of the Royals homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in one run, in the 7-1 win over the Indians.

National League Batter of the Day—Javier Baez of the Cubs homered and went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 10-6 win over the Reds. Baez is the only NL batter to earn Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Notable—Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 16 who earned Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Happ (6IP 5H 2R BB 9K W in the 10-3 win over the Orioles) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.7 for the season, 17th among all players and 13th among AL pitchers.

Also notable—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw now has 213.8 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Kershaw (8IP 7H 3R 2ER 0BB 9K ND in the 5-4, 12-inning win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point Saturday and extends his lead in career points among active players over second-place, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (198.7). Kershaw ranks third among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began, trailing second-place Pedro Martinez (244.8).

Kershaw now has 7.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 31st among NL pitchers.

One other notable thing—Marwin Gonzalez of the Astros earned Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Saturday.

Gonzalez (HR 2B 2-4 2R 2BI in the 8-3 win over the Angels) was also Player of the Game Friday in the 9-3 win over the Angels.

Gonzalez has 2.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, both earned in the past two days. In 2017, he had 6.7 Box-Toppers points.

Debut—Blue Jays pitcher Tim Mayza made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Mayza (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K ND in the 8-6 win over the Phillies) made his Major League debut Aug. 15, 2017, and was playing in his 39th career game.

Scoring—Marquez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Gray earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Duda and Baez each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

8/25 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 `COL 9, STL 1 German Marquez 7.0 3 0 0 1 9
AL +9.1 NYY 5, BAL 1 Sonny Gray (W, 10‑8) 6.1 3 0 0 1 7
+8.0 MIA 3, ATL 1 Wei‑Yin Chen (W, 5‑9) 6.0 6 0 0 2 10
+7.0 CHW 6, DET 1 Lucas Giolito (W, 10‑9) 7.0 3 1 1 1 6
+7.0 PIT 9, MIL 1 Jameson Taillon (W, 10‑9) 6.0 5 1 1 0 8
+6.0 SF 5, TEX 3 Andrew Suarez (W, 5‑9) 7.0 3 0 0 3 5
+5.0 NYY 10, BAL 3 J.A. Happ (W, 15‑6) 6.0 5 2 2 1 9
+5.0 `LAD 5, SD 4 (F/12) Clayton Kershaw 8.0 7 3 2 0 9
+5.0 `TOR 8, PHI 6 Tim Mayza 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.0 `SEA 4, ARI 3 (F/10) Wade LeBlanc 6.0 4 1 1 2 6
+3.2 OAK 6, MIN 2 Mike Fiers (W, 10‑6) 5.2 5 1 1 2 7
BAT +3.0 KC 7, CLE 1 Lucas Duda DH 4 3 3 1
+3.0 `TB 5, BOS 1 Sergio Romo 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +2.0 CHC 10, CIN 6 Javier Baez SS 4 1 2 3
+2.0 HOU 8, LAA 3 Marwin Gonzalez LF 4 2 2 2
+2.0 NYM 3, WSH 0 Zack Wheeler (W, 9‑6) 7.0 6 0 0 3 4
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 +/‑
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 12.7 18.4 53.6 69.6 +7.0
Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 11.7 16.4 16.4 16.4 +7.0
Gray, Sonny 3259 pi sp nyy al 8.7 17.1 49.9 49.9 +0.3
Fiers, Michael 3029 pi sp oak al 8.7 15.1 33.5 41.2 +2.3
LeBlanc, Wade 2669 pi sp sea al 8.7 12.7 15.7 22.7 +4.7
Taillon, Jameson 3658 pi sp pit nl 8.4 17.4 22.4 22.4 -0.6
Wheeler, Zack 3204 pi sp nym nl 7.7 8.7 20.4 20.4 +6.7
Baez, Javier 3395 2b ss 3b chi nl 7.5 12.7 17.2 17.2 +2.3
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 7.0 30.1 133.4 213.8 -16.1
Suarez, Andrew 3963 pi sp sf nl 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +6.0
Giolito, Lucas 3900 pi sp chi al 4.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 +1.0
Duda, Lucas 2818 dh 1b kc al 4.0 4.0 15.0 20.0 +4.0
Chen, Wei-Yin 3026 pi sp fla nl 3.0 4.0 22.4 31.1 +2.0
Gonzalez, Marwin 3078 lf hou al 2.0 8.7 12.7 14.2 -4.7
Romo, Sergio 2539 pi cp tb al 2.0 2.0 13.0 22.0 +2.0
Mayza, Tim 4055 pi mr tor al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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