Indians’ Carlos Carrasco top players for Tuesday, Aug. 28, rises to 4th in player rankings

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Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fourth place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 28:  
 

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 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.

Max Scherzer of the Nationals, ranked first among all players with 21.1 Box-Toppers points started against Aaron Nola of the Phillies, ranked second among NL pitchers with 18.1 points.

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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

8/28 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
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
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 +/‑
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
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