Astros’ Verlander tops players for Saturday, Sept. 29; Rays’ Snell secures Box-Toppers Player of the Year

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Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, maintaining his third-place spot 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. 29:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 25.5
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 25.1
3 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 24.1
4 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 21.7
5 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1
6 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 20.1
7 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 18.8
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.0
9 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 17.8
10 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy nl 17.7
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Also Saturday, Rays pitcher Blake Snell secures Box-Toppers Player of the Year honors for 2018, rising to an insurmountable first-place lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings, passing previous leader, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, after earning Player of the Game honors.

In addition, Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola maintains his sixth-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday. And Christian Yelich of the Brewers extends his lead among National League batters in 2018 Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

2018 lead changes

Here are the season’s lead changes among players in Box-Toppers points. Chart shows the date and the player’s Box-Toppers point (BTP) total when they took the lead.  
 
Date Leader Team BTP
3/29 Luis Severino nyy al 2.0
3/30 Max Scherzer dc nl 2.0
4/02 Paul DeJong stl nl 2.5
4/04 Luis Severino nyy al 3.0
4/09 Max Scherzer dc nl 3.7
4/12 Jose Berrios min al 4.0
4/13 Gerrit Cole hou al 5.0
4/14 Max Scherzer dc nl 5.7
4/18 Jose Berrios min al 6.0
4/20 Max Scherzer dc nl 6.7
4/22 Patrick Corbin ari nl 7.0
4/27 Luis Severino nyy al 7.7
5/1 Max Scherzer dc nl 7.7
5/2 Luis Severino nyy al 9.7
5/11 Max Scherzer dc nl 11.4
6/4 Luis Severino nyy al 13.7
6/5 Max Scherzer dc nl 15.4
7/1 Luis Severino nyy al 16.7
7/27 Max Scherzer dc nl 18.4
8/12 Chris Sale bos al 20.1
8/17 Max Scherzer dc nl 21.1
9/23 Blake Snell tb al 24.5
9/25 Max Scherzer dc nl 25.1
9/29 Blake Snell tb al 25.5
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Player of the Day—Verlander struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 4-3 win over the Orioles. Verlander did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Orioles tied the game after he exited.

Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 24.1 for the season, third among all players and second among American League pitchers, behind Blake Snell of the Rays (25.5).

Verlander also now has 178.1 career Box-Toppers points, 10th-most since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails ninth-ranked player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (181.8). Verlander ranks sixth among active players in career points.

National League Player of the Day—Mets pitcher Steven Matz struck out eight over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 1-0, 13-inning win over the Marlins. Matz did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was in a scoreless tie when he exited.

National League Batter of the Day—Juan Soto of the Nationals homered, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 12-2 win over the Rockies.

Best seasons

Here are all players who have earned 25 or more Box-Toppers points in a single season since 1995, ranked by their single-season Box-Toppers point total. When Rays pitcher Blake Snell reached 25.5 points Saturday, it marked the 27th time a player reached 25 points in a season. Snell's 25.5 points for 2018 now ranks 23rd-best for a single season.
 
Player Team Pos Year BTP
1 Randy Johnson Dbacks pi sp 2000 33.7
1 Randy Johnson Dbacks pi sp 2002 33.7
3 Pedro Martinez Red Sox pi sp 2000 33.5
4 Randy Johnson Dbacks pi sp 1999 31.5
4 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers pi sp 2014 31.5
6 Pedro Martinez Red Sox pi sp 1999 31.4
7 Randy Johnson Dbacks pi sp 2001 29.4
8 Jake Arrieta Cubs pi sp 2015 29.1
9 Pedro Martinez Red Sox pi sp 2002 28.8
10 Curt Schilling Dbacks pi sp 2002 28.4
11 Roger Clemens Blue Jays pi sp 1997 27.4
12 Johan Santana Twins pi sp 2004 26.8
13 Pedro Martinez Expos pi sp 1997 26.7
13 CC Sabathia Indians/Brewers pi sp 2008 26.7
15 Randy Johnson Mariners/Astros pi sp 1998 26.4
16 John Smoltz Braves pi sp 1996 26.1
16 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers pi sp 2011 26.1
18 Roger Clemens Blue Jays pi sp 1998 25.8
18 Corey Kluber Indians pi sp 2014 25.8
20 Johan Santana Twins pi sp 2006 25.7
20 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers pi sp 2015 25.7
20 Max Scherzer Nationals pi sp 2016 25.7
23 * Blake Snell Rays pi sp 2018 25.5
24 Cliff Lee Phillies pi sp 2011 25.4
25 Chris Sale Red Sox pi sp 2017 25.1
25 * Max Scherzer Nationals pi sp 2018 25.1
27 Max Scherzer Nationals pi sp 2017 25.0
* Current season

American League Batter of the Day—Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 8-5 win over the Red Sox.

Box-Toppers Player of the Year—Rays pitcher Blake Snell won Box-Toppers Player of the Year honors Saturday after earning Player of the Game honors. He rises to first place in season player rankings with an insurmountable lead.

Snell (5IP 3H R 4BB 10K ND in the 4-3 win over the Blue Jays) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 25.5 for the season, passing previous leader, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (25.1).

With Sunday being the final day of the season and Scherzer already having made his final start of the season, there is now little chance of anyone passing Snell.

While Snell wins Box-Toppers Player of the Year honors he will have only led season player rankings for a total of four days all season—he took the lead Sept. 23 and held it for two days and took the lead Saturday and will only lead for the final two days of the season. By contrast, Scherzer, who led player rankings 10 different times, led 120 days during the season.

Snell becomes the second player this season after Scherzer to reach the 25 Box-Toppers point threshold. It is the first time in his career Snell has had that many points. His previous high was 5.0 points in 2017. Snell becomes the 27th player to reach 25 points in Box-Toppers’ 24 seasons of player tracking and his 25.5 points now ranks as the 23rd-best single-season point total since 1995.

Rankings—Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola maintains his sixth-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Nola (7IP 2H 0R 4BB 8K W in the 3-0 win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 20.1 for the season, second among NL pitchers, behind Scherzer (25.1).

Nola becomes the sixth player this season with 20 or more Box-Toppers points. It is his first season with 20 points. His previous high was 15.8 in 2017 with the Phillies, when he ranked sixth among NL pitchers.

Notable—Christian Yelich of the Brewers maintains his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings among NL batters after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Yelich (2HR 2-3 2R 3BI in the 6-5 win over the Tigers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.5 for the season, extending his lead over second-place NL batter Javier Baez of the Cubs (10.0). Yelich now ranks 34th among all players.

With 11.5 Box-Toppers points, Yelich will now not set the record for the lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead a category for a season. That record is 10.7 points by Nolan Arenado of the Rockies, who led NL batters with that total in 2016. However, 11.5 points is still tied for the second-lowest point total to lead a category since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.

Also notable—Two other players with more than 10 Box-Toppers points on the season earned Player of the Game honors Saturday:

  • Mariners pitcher James Paxton (6IP 7H R 0BB 9K ND in the 4-1 win over the Rangers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 17.0 for the season, 12th among all players and ninth among AL pitchers. It is Paxton’s first Player of the Game honor in nearly three months. He last earned Box-Toppers points July 30.

  • Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas (8IP 5H R 0ER 0BB 6K W in the 2-1 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.7 for the season, 32nd among all players and 16th among NL pitchers.

Kershaw—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw’s streak of nine straight seasons with 10 or more Box-Toppers points has come to an end.

Kershaw (8.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018) had a chance to extend his streak to 10 seasons Saturday but needed 2.0 Box-Toppers points in his final start Saturday. He earned none. Kershaw had a Box-Toppers game score of -9.0 (5IP 8H 5R 0BB 4K ND in the 10-6 win over the Giants). Player of the Game was Dodgers reliever Alex Wood (1.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K W) with a Box-Toppers game score of +3.1.

Kershaw earned 10 or more points for nine straight seasons from 2009 to 2017, tied for the third-longest streak since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. Cole Hamels holds the record for the longest such streak of 11 seasons from 2006 to 2016.

Kershaw holds the record for most consecutive seasons with 20 or more Box-Toppers points—seven, from 2011 to 2017, a streak which he also failed to extend in 2018.

Scoring—Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Matz earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Soto and Stanton 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)

9/29 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 `HOU 4, BAL 3 Justin Verlander 6.0 3 0 0 1 10
NL +10.0 `NYM 1, MIA 0 (F/13) Steven Matz 6.0 3 0 0 1 8
+9.0 PHI 3, ATL 0 Aaron Nola (W, 17‑6) 7.0 2 0 0 4 8
+8.0 STL 2, CHC 1 Miles Mikolas (W, 18‑4) 8.0 5 1 0 0 6
+6.0 `SEA 4, TEX 1 James Paxton 6.0 7 1 1 0 9
+6.0 `TB 4, TOR 3 Blake Snell 5.0 3 1 1 4 10
+5.0 MIN 8, CHW 3 Kyle Gibson (W, 10‑13) 6.0 3 1 1 3 7
BAT +4.0 WSH 12, COL 2 Juan Soto LF 4 2 2 4
+4.0 MIL 6, DET 5 Christian Yelich RF 3 2 2 3
+3.1 LAD 10, SF 6 Alex Wood (W, 9‑7) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 ARI 5, SD 4 Ildemaro Vargas 2B 3 1 2 3
+3.0 OAK 5, LAA 2 Trevor Cahill (W, 7‑4) 4.0 1 1 0 1 2
+3.0 CIN 3, PIT 0 Raisel Iglesias (S, 30) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +2.0 NYY 8, BOS 5 Giancarlo Stanton DH 4 1 3 2
+2.0 HOU 5, BAL 2 Jake Marisnick CF 3 1 1 3
+1.0 KC 9, CLE 4 Alcides Escobar 3B 5 2 3 1
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 25.5 30.5 34.5 34.5 +20.5
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 24.1 38.8 73.9 178.1 +9.4
Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 20.1 35.9 44.6 44.6 +4.3
Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 17.0 30.7 41.8 41.8 +3.3
Mikolas, Miles 3034 pi sp stl nl 11.7 11.7 13.4 14.4 +11.7
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 11.5 16.5 32.0 32.0 +6.5
Cahill, Trevor 2658 pi sp oak al 9.0 15.4 25.4 55.6 +2.6
Soto, Juan 3994 lf dc nl 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 +7.5
Gibson, Kyle 3312 pi sp min al 7.4 9.4 26.4 26.4 +5.4
Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 dh rf lf nyy al 6.5 20.7 44.4 59.9 -7.7
Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp nym nl 5.7 6.7 22.3 22.3 +4.7
Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 5.0 20.7 40.1 40.1 -10.7
Iglesias, Raisel 3467 pi cp cin nl 3.0 9.0 14.7 14.7 -3.0
Escobar, Alcides 2663 3b ss kc al 3.0 7.0 20.0 28.5 -1.0
Marisnick, Jake 3428 cf hou al 2.0 4.7 8.7 8.7 -0.7
Vargas, Ildemaro 3924 3b ari nl 1.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 -0.5
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