Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, the final day of the regular season.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Sept. 30:
|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 categoryNolan 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:
|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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
|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||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
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 playersHere 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|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.