Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks tops players for Sunday, Aug. 26; Rays’ Snell rises to 4th in player rankings

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Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks is Sunday’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. 26:  
 

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 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 17.1
5 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
6 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
7 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 16.0
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 15.1
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Also Sunday, Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Hendricks pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, one walk and striking out five, in the 9-0 win over the Reds.

Hendricks earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, 41st among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Blake Snell struck out eight over six innings, allowing one run, two hits and two walks, in the 9-1 win over the Red Sox.

Snell earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 17.1 for the season, rising from ninth to fourth place in season player rankings, second place among AL pitchers, behind Chris Sale of the Red Sox (20.1).

American League Batter of the Day—Jason Kipnis of the Indians hit an inside-the-park homer and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 12-5 win over the Royals.

National League Batter of the Day—Mark Reynolds of the Nationals hit a grand slam and went 1-for-1, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 15-0 win over the Mets.

Notable—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke now has 189.2 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Greinke (6.2IP 5H R 0ER 2BB 6K W in the 5-2 win over the Mariners) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point Sunday, giving him 13.0 for the season, 17th among all players and fifth among NL pitchers.

Greinke’s 189.2 career points ranks seventh among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails sixth-ranked player Albert Pujols of the Angels (190.8). Greinke ranks fourth among active players in career points.

Also notable—Yankees pitcher Luis Severino, who ranked fourth in Box-Toppers season player rankings going into Sunday, did not earn Player of the Game honors in his team’s win.

Severino (5.2IP 4H 3R 2ER 2BB 8K W in the 5-3 win over the Orioles) had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.2. Player of the Game was teammate Luke Voit (HR 3-3 2R 2BI) with a Box-Toppers game score of +4.0. This was Voit’s second Player of the Game honor in three days. He was also Player of the Game Friday in the 7-5, 10-inning win over the Orioles.

Severino has 16.7 Box-Toppers points for the season and has not earned Player of the Game honors since July 1. He falls from fourth to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after being passed by Sunday’s AL Player of the Day Blake Snell of the Rays. He also falls to third place among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Hendricks earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Snell earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Kipnis and Reynolds each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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)

8/26 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 CHC 9, CIN 0 Kyle Hendricks (W, 10‑10) 7.0 2 0 0 1 5
AL +8.0 TB 9, BOS 1 Blake Snell (W, 16‑5) 6.0 2 1 1 2 8
+8.0 ATL 4, MIA 0 Kevin Gausman (W, 9‑9) 5.0 1 0 0 1 5
BAT +6.0 CLE 12, KC 5 Jason Kipnis 2B 5 3 4 4
BAT +6.0 WSH 15, NYM 0 Mark Reynolds PH‑2B 1 2 1 4
+4.2 ARI 5, SEA 2 Zack Greinke (W, 13‑8) 6.2 5 1 0 2 6
+4.0 LAD 7, SD 3 Justin Turner 3B 5 1 3 5
+4.0 NYY 5, BAL 3 Luke Voit 1B 3 2 3 2
+4.0 `HOU 3, LAA 1 Brad Peacock (H, 9) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
+3.0 PHI 8, TOR 3 Wilson Ramos C 5 1 4 3
+3.0 STL 12, COL 3 Matt Carpenter 1B 5 2 4 2
+3.0 OAK 6, MIN 2 Matt Chapman 3B 5 3 3 2
+2.1 SF 3, TEX 1 Derek Holland (W, 7‑8) 6.1 3 1 1 3 4
+2.0 MIL 7, PIT 4 Mike Moustakas 3B 3 1 2 2
+1.2 CHW 7, DET 2 Jace Fry (S, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1
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 17.1 22.1 26.1 26.1 +12.1
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 13.0 33.1 99.4 189.2 -7.1
Reynolds, Mark 2297 1b 3b 2b ph dc nl 7.5 12.5 25.5 63.9 +2.5
Carpenter, Matt 2987 1b stl nl 6.5 6.5 31.0 36.0 +6.5
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 6.0 9.7 37.8 37.8 +2.3
Ramos, Wilson 2904 ca phi nl 6.0 9.5 21.5 25.5 +2.5
Holland, Derek 2634 pi sp sf nl 5.0 10.0 30.4 55.8 0.0
Chapman, Matt 3849 3b oak al 4.5 7.0 7.0 7.0 +2.0
Peacock, Brad 2968 pi mr hou al 4.0 11.4 18.1 20.8 -3.4
Gausman, Kevin 3191 pi sp atl nl 3.7 14.8 39.0 39.0 -7.4
Moustakas, Mike 2967 3b mil nl 3.5 8.5 23.2 30.7 -1.5
Voit, Luke 4053 1b nyy al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Fry, Jace 4044 pi mr cp chi al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Kipnis, Jason 2933 2b cle al 1.5 4.0 17.5 26.0 -1.0
Turner, Justin 2865 3b lad nl 1.0 3.5 11.0 15.5 -1.5
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