Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to ninth in season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 13.
|1||Bellinger, Cody 3781||rf||lad nl||5.2|
|2||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||4.0|
|3||Clevinger, Mike 3707||pi sp||cle al||4.0|
|4||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil nl||4.0|
|5||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||3.7|
|6||Glasnow, Tyler 3948||pi sp mr||tb al||3.7|
|7||Shoemaker, Matt 3290||pi sp||tor al||3.7|
|8||Beckham, Tim 3452||ss dh||sea al||3.5|
|9||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||3.0|
|10||Castillo, Luis 3840||pi sp||cin nl||3.0|
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Also Saturday, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia ties Box-Toppers’ all-time record by earning at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point in 19 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors.
Player of the Day—Verlander struck out 11 over six innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks, in the 3-1 win over the Mariners.
Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, rising to ninth in season player rankings, sixth among American League pitchers.
Verlander also now has 181.1 career Box-Toppers points, ranked 10th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails ninth-ranked player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (181.8), by just 0.7 points.
National League Player of the Day—Austin Dean of the Marlins homered, doubled and went 4-for-4, scoring three times and driving in five runs, in the 10-3 win over the Phillies.
This was Dean’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Dean made his Major League debut Aug. 15, 2018, and was playing in his 36th career game.
American League Batter of the Day—Chris Davis of the Orioles hit two doubles and went 3-for-5, driving in four runs, in the 9-5 win over the Red Sox. This marked an end to Davis’s record 0-for-54 batting slump.
National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Saturday because NL batter Austin Dean is overall NL Player of the Day.
Box-Toppers season streaksHere are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. CC Sabathia has tied Carlos Beltran and Jason Giambi for the longest streak—19 straight seasons. Players are listed by length of their streak. Also shown is the duration of their streak and their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total. (Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.)
|1||19||CC Sabathia*||pi sp||2001‑2019||201.4|
|4||18||Jim Thome||1b dh||1995‑2012||146.7|
|9||17||Mariano Rivera||pi cp||1995‑2011||126.4|
|9||17||Tim Hudson||pi sp||1999‑2015||157.0|
|15||16||Andy Pettitte||pi sp||1995‑2010||138.5|
|15||16||Jamie Moyer||pi sp||1995‑2010||104.0|
|15||16||Kevin Millwood||pi sp||1997‑2012||108.3|
|15||16||Derek Lowe||pi sp||1998‑2013||91.5|
|15||16||Mark Buehrle||pi sp||2000‑2015||116.7|
|25||15||Randy Johnson||pi sp||1995‑2009||278.8|
|25||15||Livan Hernandez||pi sp||1997‑2011||76.7|
|25||15||Kyle Lohse||pi sp||2001‑2015||89.0|
|25||15||Jake Peavy||pi sp||2002‑2016||141.8|
* Active streak of a player active in 2019.
(Chart updated April 14, 2019)
Details of Box-Toppers season streaks as of the close of the 2017 season
Sabathia—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has now earned Box-Toppers points in 19 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Saturday, tying the all-time longest such streak.
Sabathia (5IP H 0R 0BB 3K ND in the 4-0 win over the White Sox) ties Jason Giambi and Carlos Beltran, who also earned Box-Toppers points in 19 straight seasons. Giambi earned his points each season from 1995 to 2013. Beltran did it from 1999 to 2017. Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.
Sabathia’s streak had already been the longest among all pitchers (ahead of Mariano Rivera’s 17 straight seasons). Sabathia takes sole possession of the longest active streak. He was tied with Albert Pujols of the Angels, who also had a streak of 18 straight seasons earning Box-Toppers points (2001 to 2018). Pujols has yet to earn Player of the Game honors this year and so still has the chance to tie Sabathia at 19 straight seasons if he earns Box-Toppers points this season.
Sabathia’s 19-season streak is unlikely to be extended to 20 seasons because he has announced his retirement after the 2019 season.
Sabathia earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2001 with the Indians and has 201.4 career points, fourth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails third-ranked player, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (214.8). Sabathia ranks second among active players in career points behind Kershaw.
Sabathia’s best season was 2008 with the Indians and Brewers when he had 26.7 Box-Toppers points to lead all players. In 2018, he had 7.7 Box-Toppers points, 34th among AL pitchers.
Streak—Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Saturday.
Bumgarner (7IP 6H 2R 0BB 7K W in the 5-2 win over the Rockies) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2010 with the Giants and now has 115.4 career points, rising to 50th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Saturday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Josh Beckett (114.9) and Tim Lincecum (115.0). He trails 49th-ranked player Torii Hunter (115.9). Bumgarner ranks 14th in career points among active players.
Bumgarner’s best season was 2014 with the Giants when he had 22.6 Box-Toppers points, third among all players. He had six straight years with 10 or more points (2011-2016) and four straight years with 15 or more points (2012-2015).
Debut—In addition to Dean, two other players made their Box-Toppers debut Saturday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:
Braves pitcher Touki Toussaint (6IP 4H R 0ER 2BB 7K W in the 11-7 win over the Mets) made his Major League debut Aug. 13, 2018, and was playing in his eighth career game.
David Fletcher of the Angels (1-3 2R BI in the 6-5 win over the Cubs) made his Major League debut June 13, 2018, and was playing in his 94th career game.
Scoring—Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Dean earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Davis earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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||+13.0||HOU 3, SEA 1||Justin Verlander (W, 2‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||2||1||1||0||11|
|+9.0||KC 3, CLE 0||Homer Bailey (W, 1‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||2||0||0||2||6|
|NL||+8.0||MIA 10, PHI 3||Austin Dean RF||4||3||4||5||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+7.0||`NYY 4, CHW 0||CC Sabathia||‑||‑||‑||‑||5.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|+6.0||ATL 11, NYM 7||Touki Toussaint (W, 1‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||4||1||0||2||7|
|+5.0||`SD 5, ARI 4||Matt Strahm||‑||‑||‑||‑||5.0||4||0||0||0||4|
|+4.0||SF 5, COL 2||Madison Bumgarner (W, 1‑2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||6||2||2||0||7|
|+3.0||MIL 4, LAD 1||Zach Davies (W, 2‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||8||1||1||0||6|
|BAT||+2.0||BAL 9, BOS 5||Chris Davis 1B||5||0||3||4||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+2.0||CIN 5, STL 2||Derek Dietrich 2B||4||1||2||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+2.0||MIN 4, DET 3||Blake Parker (S, 3)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|+2.0||TOR 3, TB 1||Thomas Pannone (W, 1‑2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|+1.0||WSH 3, PIT 2||Adam Eaton RF||4||1||3||1||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+1.0||LAA 6, CHC 5||David Fletcher LF‑2B||3||2||1||1||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
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 (’19). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’18-19), the period 2013-2018 (’14-19) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2019 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2018 total (+/-).
|Player of the Game||Pos||Team||’19||’18‑19||’14‑19||Career||+/‑|
|Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||3.0||27.1||66.9||181.1||-21.1|
|Dean, Austin 4109||rf||fla nl||1.7||1.7||1.7||1.7||+1.7|
|Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||1.5||4.0||32.2||65.4||-1.0|
|Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||1.0||8.7||29.1||201.4||-6.7|
|Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||1.0||7.7||62.3||115.4||-5.7|
|Dietrich, Derek 3199||2b lf||cin nl||1.0||4.5||13.0||15.0||-2.5|
|Strahm, Matt 3724||pi cp mr||sd nl||1.0||4.0||6.0||6.0||-2.0|
|Parker, Blake 3823||pi cp||min al||1.0||3.0||6.0||6.0||-1.0|
|Pannone, Thomas 4051||pi mr sp||tor al||1.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||-1.0|
|Eaton, Adam 3253||rf||dc nl||1.0||2.5||13.5||14.5||-0.5|
|Davies, Zach 3581||pi sp||mil nl||1.0||2.0||17.7||17.7||0.0|
|Bailey, Homer 2324||pi sp||kc al||1.0||1.0||11.7||50.1||+1.0|
|Fletcher, David 4111||lf 2b||ana al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||+1.0|
|Toussaint, Touki 4110||pi mr||atl nl||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.