Dodgers’ Walker Buehler tops players for Wednesday, Sept. 19; Indians’ Carrasco rises to 7th in player rankings

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is Wednesday’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. 19:  
 

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 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 18.8
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.0
9 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 17.7
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
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Also Wednesday, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Buehler struck out 12 over six innings, allowing two runs (none earned), three hits and one walk, in the 5-2 win over the Rockies. Buehler did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was tied, 2-2, when he exited.

Buehler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 13.1 for the season, 21st among all players and sixth among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 4-1 win over the White Sox. Carrasco did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Indians trailed, 1-0, when he exited.

Carrasco earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 18.8 for the season, rising from ninth to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings, fifth among AL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—Luke Voit of the Yankees hit two home runs and went 4-for-4, scoring four times and driving in three runs, in the 10-1 win over the Red Sox.

Voit had a Box-Toppers game score Wednesday of +7.0. Pitcher Luis Severino, who started for the Yankees, had a Box-Toppers game score of +4.0 (7IP 6H R BB 6K W) and did not earn Player of the Game honors. Severino led Box-Toppers season player rankings as late as July 26 but now ranks ninth with 17.7 Box-Toppers points, earning just 1.0 point since the All-Star break on Aug. 31.

National League Batter of the Day—Freddy Galvis of the Padres hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-4 win over the Giants.

Notable—Brewers pitcher Gio Gonzalez now has 103.9 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Gonzalez (6IP 2H 0R 2BB 5K W in the 7-0 win over the Reds) ranks 72nd among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 1.0 point Wednesday, he passes Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto (103.8) on the “all-time” list. He now trails 71st-ranked player Jamie Moyer (104.0). Passing Cueto, Gonzalez now ranks 22nd among active players in career points.

Gonzalez has 7.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 35th among NL pitchers.

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

  • Twins pitcher Stephen Gonsalves (6IP H 0R BB 4K W in the 8-2 win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut Aug. 20 and was playing in his sixth career game. 

  • Orioles pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis (4IP 2H 0R BB 4K ND in the 2-1 win over the Blue Jays) made his Major League debut June 11, 2017, and was playing in his 10th career game.

Scoring—Buehler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Carrasco earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Voit and Galvis each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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)

9/19 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 `LAD 5, COL 2 Walker Buehler 6.0 3 2 0 1 12
AL +10.2 `CLE 4, CHW 1 Carlos Carrasco 6.2 4 1 1 1 11
+9.0 ARI 9, CHC 0 Robbie Ray (W, 6‑2) 6.0 1 0 0 4 8
+8.0 MIN 8, DET 2 Stephen Gonsalves (W, 1‑2) 6.0 1 0 0 1 4
+8.0 PHI 4, NYM 0 Zach Eflin (W, 11‑7) 5.0 3 0 0 3 9
BAT +7.0 NYY 10, BOS 1 Luke Voit 1B 4 4 4 3
+7.0 MIL 7, CIN 0 Gio Gonzalez (W, 9‑11) 6.0 2 0 0 2 5
+6.2 OAK 10, LAA 0 Brett Anderson (W, 4‑5) 6.2 3 0 0 0 3
+6.0 PIT 2, KC 1 Chris Archer (W, 5‑8) 7.0 6 1 1 1 8
+5.0 `BAL 2, TOR 1 Jimmy Yacabonis 4.0 2 0 0 1 4
+4.0 SEA 9, HOU 0 Robinson Cano 2B 4 2 3 3
BAT +4.0 SD 8, SF 4 Freddy Galvis SS 4 2 2 4
+4.0 ATL 7, STL 3 Freddie Freeman 1B 3 1 3 3
+2.0 TB 9, TEX 3 Tommy Pham LF 5 2 3 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 +/‑
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 18.8 40.6 81.7 87.1 -3.0
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 13.1 13.1 13.1 13.1 +13.1
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 7.7 23.7 34.4 34.4 -8.3
Gonzalez, Gio 2626 pi sp mil nl 7.7 17.4 56.8 103.9 -2.0
Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 7.7 8.7 12.7 12.7 +6.7
Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 7.5 10.5 40.2 49.2 +4.5
Anderson, Brett 2597 pi sp oak al 5.0 6.0 16.0 33.7 +4.0
Archer, Chris 3194 pi sp pit nl 4.7 12.7 61.8 61.8 -3.3
Galvis, Freddy 3202 ss sd nl 4.0 5.0 17.0 17.0 +3.0
Voit, Luke 4053 1b nyy al 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Cano, Robinson 2092 2b 1b sea al 3.0 7.0 40.5 82.4 -1.0
Pham, Thomas 3596 cf lf tb al 2.0 7.5 10.5 10.5 -3.5
Gonsalves, Stephen 4075 pi mr min al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Yacabonis, Jimmy 4076 pi sp bal al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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