Dodgers’ Rich Hill tops players for Sunday, Sept. 30; Indians’ Carrasco maintains 7th place in player rankings

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, the final day of the regular season.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Sept. 30:  
 

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 19.8
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.0
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 17.8
10 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy nl 17.7
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Also Sunday, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco maintains his seventh-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Plus, J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox extended his lead in 2018 Box-Toppers points among American League batters after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Hill struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 15-0 win over the Giants.

Hill earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 9.7 for the season, 26th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Mariners pitcher Roenis Elias pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one run, no walks and striking out four, in the 3-1 win over the Rangers.

National League Batter of the Day—Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs hit two doubles and went 4-for-4, scoring three times and driving in one run, in the 10-5 win over the Cardinals.

Rizzo earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season, rising to second place among NL batters, trailing only Christian Yelich of the Brewers (11.5). Rizzo ranks 49th among all players.

Rizzo becomes the 51st player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points and just the fifth batter, tied with 2014 for the lowest number of batters to reach 10 points since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995. It is Rizzo’s second season with 10 or more points. In 2017, he led NL batters with 15.5 points.

American League Batter of the Day—Jake Bauers of the Rays doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 9-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Rankings—Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco maintains his seventh-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Carrasco (5IP 3H R 2BB 6K W in the 2-1 win over the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 19.8 for the season, fifth among AL pitchers.

Lowest points to lead category

Nolan Arenado holds the record for lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead category (10.7 to lead National League batters in 2016). Here are the lowest-point totals to win a league category since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995:

Player Team BTP Category
1 Nolan Arenado col nl 10.7 2016 NL bat
2 Carlos Gonzalez col nl 11.5 2015 NL bat
2 Christian Yelich mil nl 11.5 2018 NL bat
4 Troy Tulowitzki col nl 11.6 2014 NL bat
5 Edwin Encarnacion cle al 12.1 2017 AL bat
6 Adrian Beltre tex al 12.5 2015 AL bat
6 Aubrey Huff bal al 12.5 2008 AL bat
6 Ryan Braun mil nl 12.5 2012 NL bat
6 J.D. Martinez bos al 12.5 2018 AL bat
10 Manny Machado bal al 12.7 2016 AL bat
11 Adrian Beltre tex al 13.0 2012 AL bat
12 Paul Goldschmidt ari nl 13.7 2013 NL bat
12 Bret Boone sea al 13.7 2001 AL bat

Notable—J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox extends his lead among AL batters in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Martinez (HR 2-3 2R 3BI in the 10-2 win over the Yankees) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.5 for the season, ahead of second-place AL batter and teammate Mookie Betts (10.9). Martinez also rises to 28th place in overall rankings.

In the final day of the season, Martinez also avoids setting a dubious record for having the lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead AL batters in a season. That record is 12.1, set by Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians in 2017. Still, Martinez’s 12.5 points is tied with two others for the second-lowest point total to lead AL batters in a season. It is also tied for the sixth-lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead any season category (AL and NL pitchers and batters).

Debut—Twins pitcher Andrew Vasquez made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Vasquez (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 5-4 win over the White Sox) made his Major League debut Sept. 1 and was playing in his ninth career game.

Scoring—Hill earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Elias earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Rizzo and Bauers 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)

9/30 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 LAD 15, SF 0 Rich Hill (W, 11‑5) 7.0 2 0 0 0 7
+10.0 NYM 1, MIA 0 Noah Syndergaard (W, 13‑4) 9.0 5 0 0 0 6
AL +8.0 SEA 3, TEX 1 Roenis Elias (W, 3‑1) 5.0 1 0 0 0 4
+6.0 `SD 4, ARI 3 (F/10) Joey Lucchesi 6.0 4 2 2 0 8
+5.2 COL 12, WSH 0 Tyler Anderson (W, 7‑9) 7.2 4 0 0 3 5
+5.0 BAL 4, HOU 0 Paul Fry (W, 1‑2) 3.0 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +4.0 CHC 10, STL 5 Anthony Rizzo 1B 4 3 4 1
BAT +4.0 TB 9, TOR 4 Jake Bauers 1B 3 2 3 2
+4.0 LAA 5, OAK 4 Jefry Marte 1B 3 2 2 3
+4.0 BOS 10, NYY 2 J.D. Martinez DH 3 2 2 3
+4.0 CLE 2, KC 1 Carlos Carrasco (W, 17‑10) 5.0 3 1 1 2 6
+4.0 MIN 5, CHW 4 Andrew Vasquez (W, 1‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.0 PIT 6, CIN 5 (F/10) Michael Feliz (W, 1‑2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.1 PHI 3, ATL 1 Tommy Hunter (W, 5‑4) 1.1 0 0 0 1 3
+3.0 MIL 11, DET 0 Ryan Braun LF 3 2 2 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 19.8 41.6 82.7 88.1 -2.0
Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf dh rf bos al 12.5 18.0 31.2 35.2 +7.0
Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 10.0 25.5 47.5 52.5 -5.5
Hill, Rich 2215 pi sp lad nl 9.7 22.4 40.8 60.5 -3.0
Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp nym nl 8.0 11.0 38.1 38.1 +5.0
Anderson, Tyler 3656 pi sp col nl 8.0 11.0 13.0 13.0 +5.0
Braun, Ryan J. 2300 lf mil nl 6.0 9.5 33.0 97.7 +2.5
Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +6.0
Bauers, Jake 3993 1b tb al 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 +5.5
Fry, Paul 4068 pi cp bal al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Elias, Roenis 3309 pi sp sea al 2.7 2.7 14.4 14.4 +2.7
Feliz, Michael 3632 pi mr pit nl 2.0 3.0 6.7 6.7 +1.0
Hunter, Tommy 2623 pi mr phi nl 1.0 3.7 11.7 19.7 -1.7
Marte, Jefry 3529 1b ana al 1.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Vasquez, Andrew 4091 pi mr min al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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