Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray tops players for Tuesday, Sept. 4; Astros’ Verlander rises to 8th in player rankings

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Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray is Tuesday’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. 4:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 22.1
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 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 16.4
9 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
10 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
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Also Tuesday, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander rises to eighth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Ray struck out 10 over 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, in the 6-0 win over the Padres.

Ray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.7 for the season, 53rd among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger struck out 10 over six innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 9-3 win over the Royals.

Clevinger earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 11.7 for the season, 22nd among all players and 14th among AL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Yadier Molina of the Cardinals hit a grand slam, going 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 11-8 win over the Nationals.

American League Batter of the Day—Mikie Mahtook of the Tigers homered and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 8-3 win over the White Sox.

Mahtook is the only AL batter to earn Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Rankings—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander rises to eighth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Verlander (7IP 3H R 2BB 8K W in the 5-2 win over the Twins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 16.4 for the season. He now ranks sixth among AL pitchers.

Verlander now also has 170.4 career Box-Toppers points, 12th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 11th-ranked player Roy Halladay (170.7). Verlander ranks seventh among active players in career points.

Notable—Five players with 10 or more Box-Toppers points in 2018 earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday. In addition to Verlander and Clevinger, previously mentioned, they are:

  • Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ (6IP 3H R 0BB 5K ND in the 5-1 win over the Athletics), who earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.7 for the season, 16th among all players and 13th among AL pitchers.
  • Rockies pitcher German Marquez (6.2IP 7H 2R 2BB 11K ND in the 6-2 win over the Giants), who earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.7 for the season, 21st among all players and eighth among NL pitchers.
  • Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello (5IP 2H R BB 5K W in the 5-1 win over the Braves), who earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.4 for the season, 26th among all players and 15th among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Ray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Clevinger earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Molina and Mahtook each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

9/4 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.1 ARI 6, SD 0 Robbie Ray (W, 5‑2) 6.1 2 0 0 2 10
AL +10.0 CLE 9, KC 3 Mike Clevinger (W, 11‑7) 6.0 3 1 1 1 10
+8.0 HOU 5, MIN 2 Justin Verlander (W, 14‑9) 7.0 3 1 1 2 8
+6.0 MIL 11, CHC 1 Wade Miley (W, 3‑2) 6.0 3 1 1 0 5
+6.0 `NYY 5, OAK 1 J.A. Happ 6.0 2 1 1 1 5
+5.2 `TB 4, TOR 0 Jalen Beeks 2.2 1 0 0 0 4
+5.1 PIT 7, CIN 3 Joe Musgrove (W, 6‑8) 6.1 5 2 2 0 8
+5.0 BOS 5, ATL 1 Rick Porcello (W, 16‑7) 5.0 2 1 1 1 5
+4.2 `COL 6, SF 2 German Marquez 6.2 7 2 2 2 11
BAT +4.0 STL 11, WSH 8 Yadier Molina C 4 2 2 4
+4.0 LAD 11, NYM 4 Austin Barnes C 2 2 1 3
+4.0 TEX 4, LAA 2 Mike Minor (W, 11‑7) 5.0 3 2 2 1 7
BAT +3.0 DET 8, CHW 3 Mikie Mahtook LF 3 2 2 2
+2.2 BAL 5, SEA 3 Mychal Givens (S, 6) 1.2 0 0 0 1 2
+2.0 PHI 9, MIA 4 Asdrubal Cabrera 3B 4 1 2 3
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 +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 16.4 31.1 66.2 170.4 +1.7
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 13.7 19.4 54.6 70.6 +8.0
Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 12.7 17.4 17.4 17.4 +8.0
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 11.7 23.1 26.1 26.1 +0.3
Porcello, Rick 2573 pi sp bos al 11.4 14.4 41.1 57.1 +8.4
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 7.7 9.7 26.1 36.8 +5.7
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 5.7 21.7 32.4 32.4 -10.3
Miley, Wade 3006 pi sp mil nl 4.0 7.7 31.4 44.1 +0.3
Musgrove, Joe 3705 pi sp pit nl 4.0 6.0 9.7 9.7 +2.0
Molina, Yadier 1967 ca stl nl 3.5 9.0 18.0 43.7 -2.0
Cabrera, Asdrubal 2362 2b 3b phi nl 3.5 6.5 15.0 49.2 +0.5
Givens, Mychal 3599 pi cp mr bal al 3.0 5.0 8.0 8.0 +1.0
Mahtook, Mikie 4046 lf det al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Beeks, Jalen 4047 pi mr tb al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Barnes, Austin 3856 ca lad nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
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