Pirates’ Jameson Taillon tops players for Tuesday, Sept. 18; Rays’ Snell regains AL pitcher rankings lead

Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon 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 Sept. 18:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.1
2 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 22.5
3 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1
4 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 20.1
5 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 19.7
6 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 19.1
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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Also Tuesday, Rays pitcher Blake Snell reclaims the 2018 Box-Toppers points lead among American League pitchers after earning AL Player of the Day honors, rising to second place overall in Box-Toppers season player rankings. In addition, Indians pitcher Corey Kluber rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after he earns Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Player of the Day—Taillon struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 2-1, 11-inning win over the Royals. Taillon did not pick up the win, earning a no-decision, because the Royals tied the game after he exited.

Taillon earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 12.4 for the season, 26th in Box-Toppers season player rankings and 10th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Blake Snell struck out five over five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks, in the 4-0 win over the Rangers.

Snell earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 22.5 for the season, rising from third to second in Box-Toppers season player rankings, just 0.6 points behind overall leader, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (23.1). Snell also regains the lead among AL pitchers, passing Chris Sale of the Red Sox (21.1), who only retook the lead from Snell Sunday.

American League Batter of the Day—Kaleb Cowart of the Angels hit a go-ahead grand slam and tripled, going 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in five runs, in the 9-7 win over the Athletics.

National League Batter of the Day—Jorge Alfaro of the Phillies hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-3, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 5-2 win over the Mets.

Alfaro had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of +3.0 to earn Player of the Game honors over teammate and pitcher Aaron Nola (5.2IP 6H 2R 2BB 9K ND), who had a game score of +2.2. Nola is sixth in Box-Toppers season player rankings with 19.1, second among NL pitchers.

Rankings—Indians pitcher Corey Kluber rises from sixth to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Kluber (8IP 8H 3R 2BB 11K W in the 5-3 win over the White Sox) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 19.7 for the season. He ranks fourth among AL pitchers.

Kluber also now has 107.1 career Box-Toppers points, 65th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Tuesday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Frank Thomas (106.2) and White Sox pitcher James Shields (106.4). Kluber now trails 64th-ranked player Lance Berkman (108.1). Kluber ranks 19th among active players in career points.

Notable—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg now has 112.1 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Strasburg (6IP 5H 2R 2BB 11K W in the 4-2 win over the Marlins) ranks 58th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 57th-ranked player Kevin Brown (112.8). He ranks 18th among active players in career points.

Strasburg also has 6.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 44th among NL pitchers. However, with his 1.0 point earned Tuesday, he loses the distinction of being the player whose Box-Toppers point total has declined most since 2017. Strasburg’s 6.7 points in 2018 is a decline of 15.8 from the 22.5 points he had in 2017 (fourth among all players). The biggest point decline among players is now the 16.1-point drop by Ervin Santana of the Twins, who had 16.1 points in 2017 and has 0.0 points in 2018.

Also notable—Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ becomes the 13th player this season to reach 15 Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Happ (6IP 4H R 0ER 3BB 6K ND in the 3-2 win over the Red Sox) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 15.7 for the season, 13th among all players and 10th among AL pitchers.

This is Happ’s first season with 15 or more points. His previous high was 14.7 in 2016 with the Blue Jays, third among AL pitchers.

Most consecutive seasons earning 10 or more Box-Toppers points

Cole Hamels earned 10 or more Box-Toppers points for 11 straight seasons (from 2006-2016), most of any player. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, with 8.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, has a chance to extend his streak earning 10 or more points to 10 seasons this year. Max Scherzer and Chris Sale have each extended such streaks to seven seasons this year. Here are the 10 longest streaks of players earning 10 or more points per season since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.

Player Seasons Duration
1 Cole Hamels 11 2006‑2016
2 Pedro Martinez 10 1996‑2005
3 Curt Schilling 9 1996‑2004
3 Johan Santana 9 2002‑2010
3 Clayton Kershaw 9 2009‑2017
6 Barry Bonds 8 1995‑2002
6 CC Sabathia 8 2005‑2012
8 Felix Hernandez 7 2009‑2015
8 Max Scherzer 7 2012‑2018
8 Chris Sale 7 2012‑2018

One more notable thing—Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda becomes the 40th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Maeda (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K ND in the 3-2, 10-inning win over the Rockies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season, 35th among all players and 17th among NL pitchers.

This is Maeda’s third straight season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points in the three seasons he’s earned points. In both 2016 and 2017, he had 10.0 Box-Toppers points each season with the Dodgers.

Maeda had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of +4.0, most among Dodgers players. Teammate Clayton Kershaw, who started the game, had a Box-Toppers game score of -1.0 (7IP 3H 2R ER 5BB 3K ND).

Kershaw has a chance to extend his streak of earning 10 Box-Toppers points per season to 10, but he has 8.0 points currently with less than two weeks to go. Kershaw’s current streak of nine straight seasons (2009-2017) with 10 or more points is tied for the third-longest in Box-Toppers tracking history. Cole Hamels had 10 points for 11 straight seasons from 2006-2016, most of any player.

Kershaw will see a more notable streak end this year. He earned 20 or more Box-Toppers points for seven straight seasons from 2011 to 2017, most of any player in Box-Toppers tracking history.

Debut—Tyler O'Neill of the Cardinals made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

O’Neill (2B 1-1 2R BI in the 8-1 win over the Braves) made his Major League debut April 19 and was playing in his 52nd career game.

Scoring—Taillon earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Snell earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Cowart and Alfaro 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)

9/18 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 `PIT 2, KC 1 (F/11) Jameson Taillon 7.0 4 0 0 1 11
+7.0 CHC 9, ARI 1 Mike Montgomery (W, 5‑5) 6.0 4 1 1 1 8
AL +7.0 TB 4, TEX 0 Blake Snell (W, 20‑5) 5.0 1 0 0 2 5
+6.1 HOU 7, SEA 0 Josh James (W, 1‑0) 5.1 4 0 0 2 7
+6.0 WSH 4, MIA 2 Stephen Strasburg (W, 9‑7) 6.0 5 2 2 2 11
+4.1 CIN 3, MIL 1 Sal Romano (W, 8‑11) 2.1 2 0 0 0 4
BAT +4.0 LAA 9, OAK 7 Kaleb Cowart 2B 4 1 2 5
+4.0 TOR 6, BAL 4 Jake Petricka (W, 3‑1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
+4.0 `NYY 3, BOS 2 J.A. Happ 6.0 4 1 0 3 6
+4.0 `LAD 3, COL 2 (F/10) Kenta Maeda 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.1 MIN 5, DET 3 Jake Odorizzi (W, 7‑10) 6.1 4 2 2 1 6
BAT +3.0 PHI 5, NYM 2 Jorge Alfaro C 3 1 2 3
+3.0 STL 8, ATL 1 Tyler O'Neill PR‑RF 1 2 1 1
+3.0 CLE 5, CHW 3 Corey Kluber (W, 19‑7) 8.0 8 3 3 2 11
+3.0 SF 5, SD 4 Will Smith (S, 14) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3
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 +/‑
Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 22.5 27.5 31.5 31.5 +17.5
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 19.7 41.7 107.1 107.1 -2.3
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 15.7 21.4 56.6 72.6 +10.0
Taillon, Jameson 3658 pi sp pit nl 12.4 21.4 26.4 26.4 +3.4
Maeda, Kenta 3609 pi sp mr lad nl 10.7 20.7 30.7 30.7 +0.7
Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 7.0 18.1 44.2 44.2 -4.1
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 6.7 29.2 83.0 112.1 -15.8
Smith, Will 3073 pi cp sf nl 5.7 5.7 10.7 13.7 +5.7
Romano, Sal 3854 pi sp cin nl 4.0 6.7 6.7 6.7 +1.3
Montgomery, Mike 3513 pi sp chi nl 3.0 9.0 18.0 18.0 -3.0
Alfaro, Jorge 3920 ca phi nl 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 +1.5
James, Josh 4059 pi sp hou al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Cowart, Kaleb 3837 2b ana al 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +0.5
Petricka, Jake 3388 pi mr tor al 1.0 2.7 4.7 4.7 -0.7
O’Neill, Tyler 4074 rf pr stl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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