Yankees’ Tanaka tops players for Friday, Sept. 7; Nola, Snell, Cole rise in top 10 player rankings

Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, becoming the 34th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Sept. 7:  
 

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 19.1
4 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 19.1
5 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 18.7
6 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 17.7
7 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 17.1
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 17.0
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 16.4
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
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Also Friday, three players rise in Box-Toppers top 10 season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday—Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola rises to third place, Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to fourth place and Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to eighth place.

Player of the Day—Tanaka struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 4-0 win over the Mariners.

Tanaka earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.7 for the season, rising to 22nd place in season player rankings, 14th among American League pitchers.

This is Tanaka’s fourth season and third straight season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. His best season was 2016 with the Yankees when he had 14.1 Box-Toppers points, fifth among AL pitchers. He had 11.4 points in 2017 with the Yankees, eighth among AL pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Phil Ervin of the Reds hit two home runs and went 3-for-3, scoring four times and driving in four runs, in the 12-6 win over the Padres.

American League Batter of the Day—Marcus Semien of the Athletics homered and went 2-for-2, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 8-4 win over the Rangers.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Friday because the NL Player of the Day is batter Phil Ervin.

Rankings—Three players rise in Box-Toppers top 10 season player rankings after each earned Player of the Game honors Friday:

  • Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola (7IP 3H 3R BB 8K W in the 4-3 win over the Mets) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 19.1 for the season, rising from fourth to third place in season player rankings, second among NL pitchers, behind overall leader Max Scherzer of the Nationals (22.1).
  • Rays pitcher Blake Snell (5.1IP 5H 2R 0BB 9K W in the 14-2 win over the Orioles) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 19.1 for the season, rising from fifth to fourth place in season player rankings, second among AL pitchers, behind Chris Sale of the Red Sox (20.1). While Nola and Snell both have 19.1 points for the season, Nola ranks ahead because he had more 2017 points—15.8 vs. 5.0. 
  • Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole (6IP 5H 2R 2BB 8K ND in the 6-3 win over the Red Sox) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 17.0 for the season, rising to eighth place in season player rankings, sixth place among AL pitchers.

Notable—Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin is one of five players with more than 10 Box-Toppers points in 2018 to earn Player of the Game honors Friday.

Corbin (6IP 4H R BB 9K W in the 5-3 win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 16.0 for the season, 12th among all players and third among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw now has 214.8 career Box-Toppers points—most among active players—after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Kershaw (6IP 6H 2R BB 7K W in the 4-2 win over the Rockies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.0 for the season, 29th among NL pitchers.

It now seems inevitable that Kershaw’s streak of seven straight seasons earning 20 or more Box-Toppers points will not continue in 2018. Kershaw needs 2.0 more points this season to extend his streak of earning at least 10 points each season to 10 seasons. He’s earned at least 10 points from 2009 to 2017.

Kershaw’s 214.8 career points ranks third among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails Pedro Martinez (244.8). Kershaw leads active players in career points, ahead of second-place player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (198.7).

Debut—Jordan Luplow of the Pirates made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Luplow (HR 1-1 R 2BI in the 5-3 win over the Marlins) made his Major League debut July 28, 2017, and was playing in his 51st career game.

Scoring—Tanaka earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Ervin earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Semien earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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)

9/7 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +15.0 NYY 4, SEA 0 Masahiro Tanaka (W, 11‑5) 8.0 3 0 0 0 10
NL +8.0 CIN 12, SD 6 Phillip Ervin LF 3 4 3 4
+8.0 ARI 5, ATL 3 Patrick Corbin (W, 11‑5) 6.0 4 1 1 1 9
+5.1 TB 14, BAL 2 Blake Snell (W, 18‑5) 5.1 5 2 2 0 9
+5.0 PHI 4, NYM 3 Aaron Nola (W, 16‑4) 7.0 3 3 3 1 8
BAT +3.0 OAK 8, TEX 4 Marcus Semien SS 2 1 2 2
+3.0 PIT 5, MIA 3 Jordan Luplow PR‑RF 1 1 1 2
+3.0 MIL 4, SF 2 Ryan Braun LF 1 1 1 2
+3.0 `HOU 6, BOS 3 Gerrit Cole 6.0 5 2 2 2 8
+3.0 `TOR 3, CLE 2 (F/11) Ryan Tepera 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 DET 5, STL 3 Jeimer Candelario 3B 5 2 3 2
+2.0 MIN 10, KC 6 Ehire Adrianza 3B 4 0 3 3
+2.0 LAA 5, CHW 2 Felix Pena (W, 2‑4) 7.0 7 2 2 0 6
+2.0 LAD 4, COL 2 Clayton Kershaw (W, 7‑5) 6.0 6 2 2 1 7
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 +/‑
Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 19.1 34.9 43.6 43.6 +3.3
Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 19.1 24.1 28.1 28.1 +14.1
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 17.0 24.0 59.9 59.9 +10.0
Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 16.0 25.7 52.2 58.2 +6.3
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 11.7 23.1 57.9 57.9 +0.3
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 8.0 31.1 134.4 214.8 -15.1
Pena, Felix 4002 pi sp ana al 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Braun, Ryan J. 2300 lf mil nl 3.5 7.0 30.5 95.2 0.0
Ervin, Phillip 3866 lf cin nl 2.7 4.2 4.2 4.2 +1.2
Adrianza, Ehire 3902 ss 3b min al 2.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 +1.7
Semien, Marcus 3302 ss oak al 2.5 5.0 14.5 14.5 0.0
Tepera, Ryan 3774 pi mr tor al 2.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 -3.0
Candelario, Jeimer 4025 3b det al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Luplow, Jordan 4062 rf pr pit nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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