Jacob deGrom of the Mets had the lowest earned run average of any pitcher in 2018 and ranked 12th in Box-Toppers player rankings.
ERA leaders’ Box-Toppers pointsHere is how 2018 earned run average leaders fared in Box-Toppers points. Players are listed from lowest ERA. Also shown are their 2018 Box-Toppers points (BTP) and their rank in Box-Toppers tops among all players.
The overall Box-Toppers points leader, Blake Snell of the Rays (27.2), ranked second in ERA (1.89).
Five of the top 10 ERA leaders finished in the top 10 in Box-Toppers points in 2018. In addition to Snell, they were:
Aaron Nola of the Phillies, who ranked fourth in ERA (2.37) and fifth in Box-Toppers points (21.1).
Justin Verlander of the Astros, who ranked fifth in ERA (2.52) and third in Box-Toppers points (24.1).
Max Scherzer of the Nationals, who ranked sixth in ERA (2.53) and second in Box-Toppers points (25.1).
Gerrit Cole of the Astros, who ranked 10th in ERA (2.88) and eighth in Box-Toppers points (18.0).
deGrom won the National League Cy Young Award largely on the strength of his low ERA, despite having a win-loss record of just 10-9, setting the record for the fewest wins in a season for a Cy Young winner. deGrom did not win many games because he did not receive much run support and given that, it is remarkable he earned as many Box-Toppers points as he did. His 16.8 points ranked third among NL pitchers. But on the other hand, he was far behind Scherzer, the NL leader in Box-Toppers points among pitchers with 25.5—deGrom had only two-thirds as many points as Scherzer.
Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals had the fewest Box-Toppers points among the top 10 in ERA. Mikolas ranked seventh in ERA (2.83) and 34th among all players in Box-Toppers points (11.7), 16th among NL pitchers.
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