Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fourth place in season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 28:
|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||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||17.1|
|5||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||17.1|
|6||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||16.7|
|7||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||16.1|
|8||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||16.0|
|9||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||16.0|
|10||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||15.4|
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Carrasco struck out 11 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks, in the 8-1 win over the Twins.
Carrasco earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 17.1 for the season, rising from 10th to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings, second among American League pitchers, behind Chris Sale of the Red Sox (20.1). Carrasco has the same Box-Toppers point total as Rays pitcher Blake Snell, but ranks ahead because he has more 2017 points—21.8 vs. 5.1.
National League Player of the Day—Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty struck out five over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and no walks, in the 5-2 win over the Pirates.
Flaherty earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 13.1 for the season, 17th in Box-Toppers season player rankings and fifth among NL pitchers.
National League Batter of the Day—Jose Peraza of the Reds homered and went 4-for-5, scoring four times and driving in two runs, in the 9-7 win over the Brewers.
American League Batter of the Day—Craig Gentry of the Orioles homered and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 12-5 win over the Blue Jays.
Notable—Box-Toppers’ two top-ranked NL pitchers squared off in the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Phillies Tuesday, but neither pitcher earned Player of the Game honors.
While Nola had the game’s best Box-Toppers game score (+6.0), his team lost the game, so he did not win Player of the Game honors (7IP 4H 2R ER 2BB 8K ND).
Scherzer had a Box-Toppers game score of 0.0 (5IP 4H 3R 0BB 5K ND), losing Player of the Game honors to teammate Anthony Rendon, who had the Nationals’ best game score of +3.0 (HR 3-4 2R 2BI).
Also notable—Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner now has 113.4 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.
Bumgarner (7IP 4H 0R 4BB 5K ND in the 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks) rises to 52nd place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Tuesday, he passes five players on the “all-time” list—Kevin Brown (112.8), Sammy Sosa (113.2), Dan Haren (113.2), Chris Carpenter (113.3) and Twins pitcher Ervin Santana (113.4). Bumgarner now trails 51st-ranked player Josh Beckett (114.9).
Bumgarner has 5.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 50th among NL pitchers.
Scoring—Carrasco earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Flaherty earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Peraza and Gentry 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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
|MLB||+12.2||CLE 8, MIN 1||Carlos Carrasco (W, 16‑7)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.2||4||0||0||2||11|
|+6.0||KC 6, DET 2||Jake Junis (W, 7‑12)||‑||‑||‑||‑||9.0||6||2||2||0||7|
|NL||+6.0||STL 5, PIT 2||Jack Flaherty (W, 8‑6)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||4||1||1||0||5|
|BAT||+5.0||CIN 9, MIL 7||Jose Peraza SS||5||4||4||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+4.0||ATL 9, TB 5||Ender Inciarte CF||4||2||4||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+4.0||COL 3, LAA 2||Wade Davis (S, 36)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|+4.0||`SF 1, ARI 0||Madison Bumgarner||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||4||0||0||4||5|
|+3.1||LAD 8, TEX 4||Caleb Ferguson (W, 5‑2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.1||0||0||0||0||2|
|BAT||+3.0||BAL 12, TOR 5||Craig Gentry LF||5||2||3||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||WSH 5, PHI 4||Anthony Rendon 3B||4||2||3||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||NYY 5, CHW 4||Dellin Betances (W, 4‑3)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|+2.0||BOS 8, MIA 7||Jackie Bradley CF||3||1||2||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+2.0||OAK 4, HOU 3||Matt Olson 1B||3||1||1||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+1.2||SD 2, SEA 1||Kirby Yates (S, 6)||‑||‑||‑||‑||0.2||0||0||0||0||1|
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 playersHere 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||17.1||38.9||80.0||85.4||-4.7|
|Flaherty, Jack 3971||pi sp||stl nl||13.1||13.1||13.1||13.1||+13.1|
|Davis, Wade 2681||pi cp||col nl||6.0||11.0||29.0||37.0||+1.0|
|Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||5.7||7.7||76.0||113.4||+3.7|
|Olson, Matt 3836||1b||oak al||5.2||6.7||6.7||6.7||+3.7|
|Rendon, Anthony 3258||3b||dc nl||5.0||13.0||25.0||25.0||-3.0|
|Peraza, Jose 3691||ss||cin nl||4.5||5.5||6.5||6.5||+3.5|
|Junis, Jakob (Jake) 3857||pi sp||kc al||4.0||7.0||7.0||7.0||+1.0|
|Ferguson, Caleb 4006||pi mr||lad nl||4.0||4.0||4.0||4.0||+4.0|
|Bradley, Jackie Jr. 3293||cf lf||bos al||3.5||5.5||21.5||21.5||+1.5|
|Betances, Dellin 3333||pi cp mr||nyy al||3.0||8.0||20.7||20.7||-2.0|
|Yates, Kirby 3628||pi cp||sd nl||3.0||5.0||7.0||7.0||+1.0|
|Inciarte, Ender 3360||cf||atl nl||2.0||8.5||14.5||14.5||-4.5|
|Gentry, Craig 2977||lf||bal al||1.5||2.5||5.5||7.5||+0.5|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.