Astros’ Verlander tops players for Sunday, Sept. 16, rises to 4th; Red Sox’ Sale regains lead in AL pitcher rankings

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Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is Sunday’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 Sept. 16:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1
3 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 20.8
4 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 20.1
5 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 19.1
6 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 18.7
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.0
8 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 17.7
9 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 17.1
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
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Verlander also rises into the top 10 in Box-Toppers career points list (tracked since 1995) and becomes the fourth player with 20 or more points this season, reaching that milestone for the first time in six years.

Also Sunday, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale regains the lead in 2018 Box-Toppers points among American League pitchers after earning Player of the Game honors. Sale passes Rays pitcher Blake Snell, rising to second place overall in Box-Toppers season player rankings.

Player of the Day—Verlander struck out 11 over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 214.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 198.7
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 190.8
7 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 189.2
8 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
9 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 179.8
10 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 174.1
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
13 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
14 Johan Santana pi sp free agent 166.6
15 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
16 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 164.5
17 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 163.6
18 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 155.9
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Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 20.1 for the season, rising from sixth to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings, third among AL pitchers.

Verlander becomes the fourth player this season with 20 or more Box-Toppers points. This is Verlander’s third season with 20 points, but his first in six years. In 2011, he had 24.4 Box-Toppers points with the Tigers, third overall and first among AL pitchers. In 2012, he had 24.8 points with the Tigers to lead all players.

Verlander also rises to 10th place among all players in career Box-Toppers points since 1995, when player tracking began. With his points Sunday, Verlander now has 174.1 career points and passes Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez in “all-time” rankings. Though Hernandez also has 174.1 career points, Verlander ranks ahead on a tiebreaker because he has more Box-Toppers points this season—20.1 vs. 2.7.

Hernandez spent just over two years on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” top 10 list. He rose into the top 10 on Aug. 15, 2016. He was one of six active players on the list.

Verlander now trails ninth-ranked player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (179.8). Passing Hernandez, Verlander rises to sixth place among active players in career points. 

National League Player of the Day—Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright struck out nine over six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks, in the 5-0 win over the Dodgers.

Wainwright earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, his first points of the 2018 season and his first Player of the Game honor in more than a year. He last earned Player of the Game honors July 8, 2017.

Wainwright now has 119.2 career Box-Toppers points, 42nd-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Sunday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Carlos Delgado (118.7) and Cliff Lee (119.1). He trails 41st-ranked player Gary Sheffield (124.1)

National League Batter of the Day—Bryce Harper of the Nationals hit a two-run homer and went 2-for-3, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 6-4 win over the Braves.

Harper earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 7.5 for the season, rising to seventh place among NL batters.

American League Batter of the Day—Johnny Field of the Twins homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 9-6 win over the Royals.

Rankings—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale regains the lead among AL pitchers, rising to second place overall, after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Sale (3IP H 0R 0BB K ND in the 4-3 win over the Mets) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 21.1 for the season, passing Rays pitcher Blake Snell (20.8) to lead AL pitchers. Sale rises from third to second in Box-Toppers season player rankings, trailing overall leader Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (23.1).

This was Sale’s first Player of the Game honor since Aug. 12.

Sale now has 132.6 career points, 32nd among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 31st-ranked player Jason Giambi (133.4). Sale ranks 12th among active players in career points.

Debut—Three players made their Box-Toppers debut Sunday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Angels pitcher Taylor Cole (2IP 0R 0H 0BB 3K W in the 4-3 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut Aug. 9, 2017, and was playing in his 16th career game.

  • Orioles pitcher Paul Fry (1.2IP 0H 0R BB 4K Sv in the 8-4 win over the White Sox) made his Major League debut June 29 and was playing in his 30th career game.

  • Francisco Mejia of the Padres (GS 1-4 R 4BI in the 7-3 win over the Rangers) made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 2017, and was playing in his 22nd career game.

Scoring—Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Wainwright earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Harper and Field each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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)

9/16 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 HOU 5, ARI 4 Justin Verlander (W, 16‑9) 7.0 3 1 1 1 11
NL +10.0 STL 5, LAD 0 Adam Wainwright (W, 2‑3) 6.0 2 0 0 3 9
+9.0 PIT 3, MIL 2 Trevor Williams (W, 13‑9) 6.0 2 0 0 2 7
+5.0 LAA 4, SEA 3 Taylor Cole (W, 2‑2) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.2 BAL 8, CHW 4 Paul Fry (S, 1) 1.2 0 0 0 1 4
BAT +4.0 WSH 6, ATL 4 Bryce Harper RF 3 3 2 2
+3.2 `COL 3, SF 2 Scott Oberg (H, 13) 1.2 1 0 0 0 3
BAT +3.0 MIN 9, KC 6 Johnny Field RF 5 2 4 2
+3.0 DET 6, CLE 4 Jim Adduci 1B 3 1 1 4
+3.0 TOR 3, NYY 2 Thomas Pannone (W, 3‑1) 7.0 4 2 2 2 6
+3.0 MIA 6, PHI 4 Jose Urena (W, 7‑12) 5.0 3 1 1 1 4
+3.0 `BOS 4, NYM 3 Chris Sale 3.0 1 0 0 0 1
+2.0 SD 7, TEX 3 Francisco Mejia C 4 1 1 4
+2.0 TB 5, OAK 4 C.J. Cron 1B 3 1 2 2
+1.0 CIN 2, CHC 1 Raisel Iglesias (S, 27) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
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 +/‑
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1 46.2 111.9 132.6 -4.0
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 20.1 34.8 69.9 174.1 +5.4
Urena, Jose 3492 pi sp fla nl 9.7 15.7 19.4 19.4 +3.7
Harper, Bryce 3011 rf dc nl 7.5 14.5 35.9 41.9 +0.5
Williams, Trevor 3792 pi sp pit nl 7.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 +2.0
Oberg, Scott 4024 pi mr col nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Field, Johnny 3966 rf min al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Iglesias, Raisel 3467 pi cp cin nl 2.0 8.0 13.7 13.7 -4.0
Cron, C.J. 3338 1b tb al 2.0 3.0 13.7 13.7 +1.0
Adduci, Jim 3303 1b det al 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 +2.0
Pannone, Thomas 4051 pi sp tor al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Wainwright, Adam 2150 pi sp stl nl 1.7 7.2 59.3 119.2 -3.8
Cole, Taylor 4067 pi mr ana al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Fry, Paul 4068 pi cp bal al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Mejia, Francisco 4069 ca sd nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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