Mets’ Noah Syndergaard tops players for Sunday, Sept. 2; Cubs’ Rizzo rises to lead NL batters in rankings

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Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is Sunday’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. 2:  
 

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 Sunday, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs rises to lead National League batters in Box-Toppers points after earning NL Batter of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Syndergaard pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 11 and allowing one run and one walk, in the 4-1 win over the Giants.

Syndergaard earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, 47th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Blue Jays pitcher Sean Reid-Foley struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 6-1 win over the Marlins.

This was Reid-Foley’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Reid-Foley made his Major League debut Aug. 13 and was playing in his third career game. 

American League Batter of the Day—Stephen Piscotty of the Athletics homered twice and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 8-2 win over the Mariners.

National League Batter of the Day—Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs homered and went 2-for-2, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 8-1 win over the Phillies.

Rizzo earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 8.5 for the season, rising to first place among NL batters in Box-Toppers points. He passes previous leader, David Peralta of the Diamondbacks, who also has 8.5 points this season. But Rizzo ranks higher because he has more 2017 points—15.5 vs. 2.0. 

Rizzo ranks 51st among all players and fourth among all batters. He led all batters in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 15.5

Notable—Braves pitcher Julio Teheran has the most Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Teheran (7IP 4H R 2BB 5K ND in the 5-1 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.7 for the season, 22nd among all players and ninth among NL pitchers.

Also notable—White Sox pitcher James Shields now has 105.4 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Shields (6IP 4H 0R 2BB 6K W in the 8-0 win over the Red Sox) rises to 67th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Sunday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Scott Kazmir (105.1) and Tigers pitcher Francisco Lindor (105.2). Shields now trails 66th-ranked player Aramis Ramirez (105.8).

Shields has 4.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 56th among AL pitchers.

Debut—In addition to Reid-Foley, two other players made their Box-Toppers debut Sunday with their first career Player of the Game honors:

  • Royals pitcher Jorge Lopez (7IP 5H R 0BB 8K W in the 9-1 win over the Orioles) made his Major League debut Sept. 29, 2015, and was playing in his 17th career game.

  • Brandon Dixon of the Reds (HR 1-1 R BI in the 6-4, 10-inning win over the Cardinals) made his Major League debut May 22 and was playing in his third career game.

Scoring—Syndergaard earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Reid-Foley earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Piscotty and Rizzo 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)

9/2 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +15.0 NYM 4, SF 1 Noah Syndergaard (W, 10‑3) 9.0 2 1 1 1 11
AL +10.0 TOR 6, MIA 1 Sean Reid‑Foley (W, 1‑2) 7.0 4 1 1 1 10
+8.1 `LAD 3, ARI 2 Walker Buehler 6.1 2 1 1 3 9
+8.0 KC 9, BAL 1 Jorge Lopez (W, 1‑4) 7.0 5 1 1 0 8
BAT +6.0 OAK 8, SEA 2 Stephen Piscotty RF 3 2 2 5
+6.0 CHW 8, BOS 0 James Shields (W, 6‑15) 6.0 4 0 0 2 6
+6.0 MIL 9, WSH 4 Brandon Woodruff (W, 3‑0) 4.0 3 0 0 0 5
BAT +5.0 CHC 8, PHI 1 Anthony Rizzo 1B 2 3 2 2
+4.0 TEX 18, MIN 4 Jurickson Profar 3B‑SS 5 3 4 2
+4.0 `ATL 5, PIT 1 Juiio Teheran 7.0 4 1 1 2 5
+3.0 TB 6, CLE 4 Ryan Yarbrough (W, 13‑5) 5.0 2 1 1 1 3
+2.0 DET 11, NYY 7 Nick Castellanos DH 5 2 3 2
+2.0 HOU 4, LAA 2 George Springer RF 5 2 3 2
+2.0 CIN 6, STL 4 (F/10) Brandon Dixon RF 1 1 1 1
+1.0 COL 7, SD 3 David Dahl RF 3 1 1 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 +/‑
Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 11.7 16.7 63.2 63.2 +6.7
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.1 +9.1
Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 8.5 24.0 46.0 51.0 -7.0
Yarbrough, Ryan 3962 pi mr tb al 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 +7.0
Castellanos, Nicholas 3349 rf det al 6.5 11.0 24.7 24.7 +2.0
Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp nym nl 6.0 9.0 36.1 36.1 +3.0
Piscotty, Stephen 3570 rf oak al 5.0 6.5 14.7 14.7 +3.5
Springer, George 3337 rf hou al 4.5 9.5 20.0 20.0 -0.5
Shields, James 2157 pi sp chi al 4.0 6.0 39.8 105.4 +2.0
Profar, Jurickson 3665 ss 3b tex al 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 +3.5
Dahl, David 3714 rf ph col nl 2.5 2.5 3.5 3.5 +2.5
Reid-Foley, Sean 4059 pi sp tor al 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 +1.7
Woodruff, Brandon 3868 pi mr mil nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Dixon, Brandon 4061 rf cin nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Lopez, Jorge 4060 pi sp kc al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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