Diamondbacks’ Zack Godley tops players for Wednesday, Aug. 29; Red Sox’ Betts tops AL players

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, becoming the 30th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 29:  
 

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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Godley struck out six over 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Giants.

Godley earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.7 for the season, 25th among all players and 11th among National League pitchers.

It is Godley’s second season and second straight season with 10 or more points. He had 11.0 Box-Toppers points in 2017 with the Diamondbacks, 15th among NL pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Mookie Betts of the Red Sox homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 14-6 win over the Marlins.

Betts earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 8.9 for the season, rising to second place among AL batters, behind teammate J.D. Martinez (11.5).

National League Batter of the Day—Christian Yelich of the Brewers homered, tripled, doubled and went 6-for-6, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 13-12, 10-inning win over the Reds.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Wednesday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Mookie Betts.

Notable—Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Hamels (5IP 4H 0R 3BB 8K ND in the 2-1, 11-inning win over the Mets) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.1 for the season, 24th among all players and 10th among NL pitchers.

Hamels earns the Box-Toppers point for Wednesday, even though he actually pitched Tuesday. The game was postponed in the 10th inning due to rain Tuesday and since it was completed Wednesday, Box-Toppers counts it as a Wednesday game.

Hamels now has 164.5 career Box-Toppers points, 16th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 15th-ranked Roger Clemens (164.8). (It should be noted that Clemens would have an estimated 320 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1984 were tracked.) Hamels ranks eighth among active players in career points.

Debut—Ryan LaMarre of the White Sox made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

LaMarre (HR 2-2B 3-4 R 4BI in the 4-1 win over the Yankees) made his Major League debut Aug. 22, 2015, and was playing in his 88th career game.

Scoring—Godley earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Betts earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Yelich earns 1.5 points for being NL 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)

8/29 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +8.2 ARI 3, SF 1 Zack Godley (W, 14‑7) 7.2 2 1 1 1 6
+8.0 PIT 2, STL 0 Trevor Williams (W, 11‑9) 6.0 3 0 0 3 8
+6.0 LAD 3, TEX 1 Alex Wood (W, 8‑6) 7.0 4 0 0 2 5
+6.0 `CHC 2, NYM 1 (F/11) Cole Hamels 5.0 4 0 0 3 8
+5.2 SD 8, SEA 3 Joey Lucchesi (W, 7‑7) 6.2 6 1 1 2 9
BAT +5.0 MIL 13, CIN 12 (F/10) Christian Yelich RF‑LF 6 2 6 3
AL +5.0 BOS 14, MIA 6 Mookie Betts RF 4 3 3 3
+5.0 KC 9, DET 2 Adalberto Mondesi SS 3 2 2 4
+4.0 CHW 4, NYY 1 Ryan LaMarre LF 4 1 3 4
+4.0 PHI 8, WSH 6 Carlos Santana 1B 4 2 2 4
+3.1 NYM 10, CHC 3 Jason Vargas (W, 5‑8) 5.1 4 1 1 2 6
+3.0 BAL 10, TOR 5 Adam Jones RF 5 1 2 5
+3.0 HOU 5, OAK 4 Roberto Osuna (W, 2‑2) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3
+2.0 TB 8, ATL 5 C.J. Cron 1B 5 2 4 1
+2.0 `MIN 4, CLE 3 Taylor Rogers (H, 12) 2.0 1 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 +/‑
Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp chi nl 11.1 20.5 76.5 164.5 +1.7
Godley, Zack 3538 pi sp ari nl 10.7 21.7 26.4 26.4 -0.3
Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 8.9 14.9 26.1 26.1 +2.9
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf cf mil nl 6.5 11.5 27.0 27.0 +1.5
Williams, Trevor 3792 pi sp pit nl 6.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 +1.0
Jones, Adam 2347 cf bal al 5.0 11.0 37.0 60.5 -1.0
Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 4.0 19.7 39.1 39.1 -11.7
Vargas, Jason 2055 pi sp nym nl 4.0 15.0 32.7 62.2 -7.0
Santana, Carlos 2757 1b phi nl 3.5 4.5 18.2 27.2 +2.5
Osuna, Roberto 3512 pi cp hou al 3.0 7.0 14.0 14.0 -1.0
Rogers, Taylor 3648 pi cp mr min al 2.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 0.0
Cron, C.J. 3338 1b tb al 1.0 2.0 12.7 12.7 0.0
Mondesi, Adalberto 3750 ss kc al 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 +1.0
LaMarre, Ryan 4057 lf chi al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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