Indians’ Corey Kluber tops players for Saturday, Aug. 4, rises to 8th in player rankings

Box-Toppers Daily Scorecard graphic.png

Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to eighth place in season player rankings and reaching 100 Box-Toppers points for his career.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 4:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 20.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 18.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
6 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 13.7
9 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 12.8
What are those numbers after players' names?
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations

Kluber pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking one, in the 3-0 win over the Angels.

Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 13.7 for the season, rising to eighth place in season player rankings, seventh place among American League pitchers.

Kluber also becomes the 83rd player since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began) to reach 100 career Box-Toppers points. With his points Saturday, he now has 101.1 career points, rising to 78th place among all players. He passes six players on the “all-time” list—Jim Edmonds (99.8), Larry Walker (100.1), Jeff Bagwell (100.4), Paul Konerko (100.7), Matt Cain (100.7) and Matt Holliday of the Rockies (100.8). Kluber trails 77th-ranked player Jason Schmidt (101.2).

Kluber is the second player to reach the 100 career-point milestone this season. Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez did it May 28. He now has 101.9 career points, 74th among all players since 1995.

National League Player of the Day—Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 3-0 win over the Braves.

Wheeler had a Box-Toppers game score of +12.0, same as Kluber, but Kluber held the tiebreaker advantage to earn overall Player of the Day honors because he had more innings pitched (nine vs. seven).

National League Batter of the Day—Nick Ahmed of the Diamondbacks hit two homers and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 9-3 win over the Giants.

American League Batter of the Day—Max Kepler of the Twins homered and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 8-2 win over the Royals.

Debut—Cardinals pitcher Dakota Hudson made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Hudson (3IP 0H 0R 0BB K W in the 8-4 win over the Pirates) made his Major League debut July 28 and was playing in his fourth career game.

Scoring—Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Wheeler earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Ahmed and Kepler 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.

Box-Toppers strives for accuracy. See a mistake in a post? A wrong name, wrong team, grammar error, spelling goof, etc.? Thanks for pointing it out! Contact Box-Toppers here. Let's fix it and make it right.

Top player from each game

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

8/4 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 CLE 3, LAA 0 Corey Kluber (W, 14‑6) 9.0 3 0 0 1 7
NL +12.0 NYM 3, ATL 0 Zack Wheeler (W, 6‑6) 7.0 3 0 0 1 9
+8.0 BOS 4, NYY 1 Nathan Eovaldi (W, 5‑4) 8.0 3 0 0 1 4
BAT +7.0 ARI 9, SF 3 Nick Ahmed SS 3 3 3 4
+7.0 TEX 3, BAL 1 Mike Minor (W, 8‑6) 7.0 4 1 1 0 6
+6.0 CIN 7, WSH 1 Phillp Ervin LF 2 2 2 4
+6.0 TOR 5, SEA 1 Marco Estrada (W, 5‑8) 7.0 1 1 1 2 4
+6.0 MIL 8, COL 4 Freddy Peralta (W, 5‑2) 6.0 2 2 2 2 8
+6.0 HOU 14, LAD 0 Brad Peacock (W, 2‑4) 2.0 0 0 0 0 4
+4.1 `CHC 5, SD 4 Steve Cishek (H, 15) 1.1 0 0 0 0 3
BAT +4.0 MIN 8, KC 2 Max Kepler RF 3 2 3 2
+4.0 PHI 8, MIA 3 Zach Eflin (W, 8‑3) 8.0 4 3 3 0 6
+4.0 STL 8, PIT 4 Dakota Hudson (W, 2‑0) 3.0 0 0 0 0 1
+3.2 `CHW 2, TB 1 Juan Minaya 1.2 0 0 0 0 2
+2.1 OAK 2, DET 1 Edwin Jackson (W, 3‑2) 6.1 5 1 0 1 3
+2.0 WSH 6, CIN 2 Matt Adams 1B 3 1 2 2
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 +/‑
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 13.7 35.7 101.1 101.1 -8.3
Peralta, Freddy 3965 pi sp mil nl 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.7 +7.7
Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7 7.7 11.7 11.7 +5.7
Eovaldi, Nathan 2928 pi sp bos al 6.7 6.7 28.8 32.5 +6.7
Wheeler, Zack 3204 pi sp nym nl 5.7 6.7 18.4 18.4 +4.7
Ahmed, Nick 3520 ss ari nl 5.5 5.5 9.0 9.0 +5.5
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 5.0 7.0 23.4 34.1 +3.0
Adams, Matt 3220 1b dc nl 4.0 10.5 20.0 20.0 -2.5
Estrada, Marco 2847 pi sp tor al 4.0 10.0 40.4 53.1 -2.0
Jackson, Edwin 1812 pi sp oak al 4.0 6.0 16.0 49.8 +2.0
Kepler, Max 3664 rf min al 3.5 5.0 11.5 11.5 +2.0
Peacock, Brad 2968 pi mr cp hou al 3.0 10.4 17.1 19.8 -4.4
Cishek, Steve 2997 pi mr chi nl 1.0 3.0 25.0 28.0 -1.0
Minaya, Juan 3913 pi mr cp chi al 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Ervin, Phillip 3866 lf cin nl 1.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 -0.5
Hudson, Dakota 4035 pi mr stl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
What are those numbers after players' names?
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations