Rays’ Tyler Glasnow tops players for Tuesday, Aug. 7; Red Sox’ Martinez extends AL batting rankings lead

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Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow is Tuesday’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. 7:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 20.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 17.1
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 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 14.4
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
9 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 13.8
10 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 13.7
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Also Tuesday, J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox extended his season Box-Toppers points lead among American League batters, becoming the first batter in 2018 to reach 10 Box-Toppers points.

Player of the Day—Glasnow struck out nine over four innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks, in the 4-3 win over the Orioles. Glasnow did not earn the win because he did not pitch the required five innings for a starting pitcher to earn the win. Also, the game was tied, 1-1, when he exited.

It is unusual for a starting pitcher who pitched fewer than five innings to earn Player of the Game honors, no less overall Player of the Day honors. A starter pulled before pitching five innings usually did not have a great start, threw too many pitches and gave up too many hits and runs or was injured. But Glasnow, normally a middle reliever, struck out nine, which boosted his performance. And since he pitched at least three innings, he was qualified to earn Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors.

Glasnow’s performance is even more unusual because it comes on day when another player in another game pitched a complete game and did not even earn Player of the Game honors. Jameson Taillon of the Pirates on Tuesday did not earn Player of the Game despite going the distance in the 10-2 win over the Rockies (CG 10H 2R BB 3K W). Taillon had a Box-Toppers game score of -3.0, primarily because he gave up so many hits and struck out so few batters. Player of the Game was shortstop Jordy Mercer (HR 2-4 R 3BI) with a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0.

Usually a pitcher with a complete game is not only assured of earning Player of the Game but also overall Player of the Day honors. But Taillon, who has 6.4 Box-Toppers points on the season, 30th among National League pitchers, did not earn a single Box-Toppers point Tuesday.

Glasnow earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.0 for the season, 42nd among AL pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Franmil Reyes of the Padres homered, doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 11-5 win over the Brewers.

This was Reyes’ Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Reyes made his Major League debut May 14 and was playing in his 40th career game. 

American League Batter of the Day—J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox hit a three-run homer, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 10-7, 10-inning win over the Blue Jays.

Martinez earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season, extending his season points lead among AL batters, ahead of second-place Francisco Lindor of the Indians (7.9). Martinez becomes the first batter this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points and the 18th player overall. He ranks 18th among all players in 2018 Box-Toppers points.

This is Martinez’s first season with 10 or more points in the eight seasons he has earned points. Previously, his best seasons were 2016 with the Tigers and 2017 with the Tigers and Diamondbacks, when he earned 5.5 points each season. 

In 2017, there were eight batters who reached 10 Box-Toppers points, 38 players overall.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Tuesday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Franmil Reyes.

Streak—Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018 Tuesday.

Zimmerman (HR 2-2B 3-5 R 3BI in the 8-3 win over the Braves) earned his first points in 2006 with the Nationals, the team for which he’s earned all his career Box-Toppers points. He has 64.5 career points, 11th among active NL batters. His best season was 2013, when he had 9.2 points, sixth among NL batters. In 2017, he had 7.2 points, 17th among NL batters, fifth among NL first basemen.

Rankings—Box-Toppers season player rankings leader Max Scherzer of the Nationals did not earn Box-Toppers points in his team’s loss, despite having the game’s highest Box-Toppers game score.

Scherzer (7IP 4H R BB 6K ND in the 3-1 loss to the Braves) had a Box-Toppers game score of +6.0. Player of the Game was Braves pitcher Jesse Biddle (1.2IP 0H 0R 0BB 4K W) with a Box-Toppers game score of +5.2.

Scherzer leads players in 2018 Box-Toppers points with 20.1, ahead of second-place player, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (17.1).

Notable—Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 16 who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Pivetta (6IP 5H 0R BB 6K W in the 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.7 for the season, 16th among all players and fifth among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia now has 197.7 career Box-Toppers points—fourth-most since 1995—after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Sabathia (5.2IP 4H R 3BB 12K ND in the 4-3, 13-inning win over the White Sox) ranks second among active players in career points, behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (211.8). 

Sabathia now has 5.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 37th among AL pitchers.

One other notable thing—Shohei Ohtani of the Angels earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday for the fifth time this season, his second as a batter (HR 2-4 2R 3BI in the 11-5 win over the Tigers).

Since more than 25 percent of his Player of the Game honors have now come as a batter, Box-Toppers now considers him to be both a pitcher and a batter and ranks him in both categories. (He earned his first three Player of the Game honors this season for pitching.)

This confuses things a little bit.

Ohtani now has 6.5 Box-Toppers points in 2018, which ranks 28th among AL pitchers (even though 2.5 points came from batting). He ranks 10th among AL batters (even though 4.0 points came from pitching).

Scoring—Glasnow earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Reyes earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Martinez earns 1.5 points for being AL 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)

8/7 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 `TB 4, BAL 3 Tyler Glasnow 4.0 2 1 1 0 9
+8.2 `NYY 4, CHW 3 (F/13) CC Sabathia 5.2 4 1 1 3 12
NL +6.0 SD 11, MIL 5 Franmil Reyes RF 3 3 3 3
+6.0 PHI 5, ARI 2 Nick Pivetta (W, 7‑9) 6.0 5 0 0 1 6
+6.0 MIN 3, CLE 2 Adalberto Mejia (W, 2‑0) 5.0 1 0 0 1 3
+5.2 ATL 3, WSH 1 Jesse Biddle (W, 3‑0) 1.2 0 0 0 0 4
+4.0 CIN 6, NYM 1 Sal Romano (W, 7‑9) 6.0 2 1 1 3 5
+4.0 `HOU 2, SF 1 Dallas Keuchel 6.0 3 1 1 2 5
BAT +3.0 BOS 10, TOR 7 (F/10) J.D. Martinez DH 5 1 3 4
+3.0 TEX 11, SEA 4 Rougned Odor 2B 5 2 2 4
+3.0 LAA 11, DET 5 Shohei Ohtani DH 4 2 2 3
+3.0 CHC 5, KC 0 David Bote 3B 3 1 2 3
+3.0 LAD 4, OAK 2 Kenley Jansen (S, 32) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 WSH 8, ATL 3 Ryan Zimmerman 1B 5 1 3 3
+2.0 PIT 10, COL 2 Jordy Mercer SS 4 1 2 3
+1.0 STL 3, MIA 2 Paul DeJong SS 4 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 +/‑
Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 11.7 19.7 19.7 19.7 +3.7
Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf dh rf bos al 10.0 15.5 28.7 32.7 +4.5
Ohtani, Shohei 3933 pi sp dh ana al 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 +6.5
Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 6.0 14.7 25.7 25.7 -2.7
Keuchel, Dallas 3050 pi sp hou al 5.7 15.1 55.9 57.9 -3.7
Sabathia, C.C. 1492 pi sp nyy al 5.0 12.7 30.1 197.7 -2.7
Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi mr tb al 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
DeJong, Paul 3827 ss stl nl 4.5 9.0 9.0 9.0 0.0
Romano, Sal 3854 pi sp cin nl 3.0 5.7 5.7 5.7 +0.3
Jansen, Kenley 2871 pi cp lad nl 2.0 9.0 34.7 45.4 -5.0
Mercer, Jordy 3206 ss pit nl 2.0 5.0 14.0 14.0 -1.0
Biddle, Jesse 4013 pi mr atl nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Bote, David 4032 2b chi nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Reyes, Franmil 4036 rf sd nl 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 +1.7
Zimmerman, Ryan 2180 1b dc nl 1.0 8.2 25.4 64.5 -6.2
Mejia, Adalberto 3812 pi sp min al 1.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 -3.0
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