Reds’ Luis Castillo tops players for Saturday, Sept. 1; Rays’ Snell rises to 4th in player rankings

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Reds pitcher Luis Castillo is Saturday’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. 1:  
 

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 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 18.1
5 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 17.7
6 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 17.1
7 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 16.7
8 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
9 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
10 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 16.0
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Also Saturday, Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Castillo struck out 11 over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, in the 4-0 win over the Cardinals.

Castillo earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season, 35th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 12 over 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 6-1 win over the White Sox.

Rodriguez earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 11.1 for the season, becoming the 32nd player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. Rodriguez is 25th in Box-Toppers season player rankings, 14th among AL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—Ronald Guzman of the Rangers hit a three-run homer and went 1-for-2, in the 7-4 win over the Twins.

National League Batter of the Day—Juan Soto of the Nationals doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 5-4 win over the Brewers.

Rankings—Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises from sixth to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Snell (6.2IP 8H 2R ER BB 9K W in the 5-3 win over the Indians) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 18.1 for the season. He rises to second place among AL pitchers, behind Chris Sale of the Red Sox (20.1).

Notable—Two pitchers among the top three players whose Box-Toppers point total has declined most since 2017 started Saturday and their teams both won. 

Neither of them—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg nor Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw—earned Player of the Game honors but both had positive Box-Toppers game scores.

Strasburg had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0 (6IP 5H 2R 2BB 7K ND in the 5-4 win over the Brewers) but Player of the Game honors went to Juan Soto (2B 3-4 R 2BI), who also had a game score of +2.0, but ranked ahead of Strasburg because in cases of game score ties, batters hold the advantage.

Strasburg ranks first among players whose Box-Toppers point total has declined most since 2017. In 2017, he had 22.5 Box-Toppers points, fourth among all players. In 2018, he has 4.7 points, meaning he has declined 17.8 points. He has not earned Player of the Game honors since May 27.

Kershaw had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0 (6IP 5H 2R 2BB 7K ND in the 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks) but Player of the Game honors went to Kenta Maeda in a rare middle-relief appearance (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K W), who had a game score of +3.0.

Kershaw ranks third among players whose Box-Toppers point total has declined most since. 2017, falling 16.1 points. In 2017, he had 23.1 points, third among all players. In 2018, he has 7.0 points.

Debut—Astros pitcher Josh James made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

James (5IP 3H 3R 3BB 9K ND in the 7-3 win over the Angels) was also making his Major League debut.

Scoring—Castillo earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Rodriguez earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Guzman and Soto 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.

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Top player from each game

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

9/1 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.2 CIN 4, STL 0 Luis Castillo (W, 8‑11) 6.2 2 0 0 2 11
+12.0 `NYM 2, SF 1 (F/11) Steven Matz 7.0 3 1 1 1 11
AL +11.2 BOS 6, CHW 1 Eduardo Rodriguez (W, 12‑3) 5.2 3 1 1 1 12
+10.0 MIA 6, TOR 3 Wei‑Yin Chen (W, 6‑9) 8.0 3 1 1 0 7
+3.2 TB 5, CLE 3 Blake Snell (W, 17‑5) 6.2 8 2 1 1 9
+3.1 SEA 8, OAK 7 Edwin Diaz (S, 51) 1.1 1 0 0 1 4
BAT +3.0 TEX 7, MIN 4 Ronald Guzman 1B 2 1 1 3
+3.0 NYY 2, DET 1 Masahiro Tanaka (W, 10‑5) 7.0 7 1 1 1 6
+3.0 LAD 3, ARI 2 Kenta Maeda (W, 8‑8) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 COL 4, SD 2 Adam Ottavino (H, 29) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +2.0 WSH 5, MIL 4 Juan Soto LF 4 1 3 2
+2.0 ATL 5, PIT 3 Dansby Swanson SS 3 2 2 1
+2.0 KC 5, BAL 4 Brett Phillips RF 3 2 2 1
+2.0 CHC 7, PHI 1 David Bote PH 1 1 1 1
+2.0 `HOU 7, LAA 3 Josh James 5.0 3 3 3 3 9
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 18.1 23.1 27.1 27.1 +13.1
Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480 pi sp bos al 11.1 19.8 30.5 30.5 +2.4
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 9.7 21.1 55.9 55.9 -1.7
Maeda, Kenta 3609 pi sp lad nl 9.7 19.7 29.7 29.7 -0.3
Diaz, Edwin 3690 pi cp sea al 8.0 17.0 24.0 24.0 -1.0
Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840 pi sp cin nl 7.0 15.4 15.4 15.4 -1.4
Guzman, Ronald 3978 1b tex al 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 +5.5
Soto, Juan 3994 lf dc nl 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 +4.5
Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp nym nl 4.0 5.0 20.6 20.6 +3.0
Chen, Wei-Yin 3026 pi sp fla nl 4.0 5.0 23.4 32.1 +3.0
Bote, David 4032 2b 3b chi nl 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Swanson, Dansby 3751 ss ph atl nl 3.0 6.5 7.5 7.5 -0.5
Ottavino, Adam 3054 pi mr cp col nl 3.0 4.0 9.0 11.0 +2.0
Phillips, Brett 3914 rf mil nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
James, Josh 4059 pi sp hou al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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