Astros’ Verlander tops player for Saturday, April 13; Sabathia earns Box-Toppers points in 19th straight season, tying all-time record

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Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to ninth in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 13.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
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 streaks

Here 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.)
 


Streak

Player

Pos

Duration
Career
BTP
1 19 Jason Giambi 1b 1995‑2013 133.4
1 19 Carlos Beltran rf 1999‑2017 108.6
1 19 CC Sabathia* pi sp 2001‑2019 201.4
4 18 Jim Thome 1b dh 1995‑2012 146.7
4 18 Chipper Jones 3b 1995‑2012 149.0
4 18 Johnny Damon lf 1995‑2012 63.0
4 18 Alex Rodriguez 3b 1996‑2013 187.0
4 18 Albert Pujols* dh 2001‑2018 190.8
9 17 Mariano Rivera pi cp 1995‑2011 126.4
9 17 Derek Jeter ss 1996‑2012 76.4
9 17 Paul Konerko 1b 1998‑2014 100.7
9 17 Tim Hudson pi sp 1999‑2015 157.0
9 17 Torii Hunter cf 1999‑2015 115.9
9 17 David Ortiz dh 2000‑2016 145.9
15 16 Manny Ramirez lf 1995‑2010 167.2
15 16 Andy Pettitte pi sp 1995‑2010 138.5
15 16 Jamie Moyer pi sp 1995‑2010 104.0
15 16 Scott Rolen 3b 1996‑2011 97.6
15 16 Kevin Millwood pi sp 1997‑2012 108.3
15 16 Derek Lowe pi sp 1998‑2013 91.5
15 16 Aramis Ramirez 3b 2000‑2015 105.8
15 16 Mark Buehrle pi sp 2000‑2015 116.7
15 16 Ichiro Suzuki rf 2001‑2016 53.7
15 16 Miguel Cabrera* 1b 2003‑2018 147.9
25 15 Randy Johnson pi sp 1995‑2009 278.8
25 15 Garret Anderson lf 1995‑2009 86.5
25 15 Ivan Rodriguez ca 1995‑2009 79.0
25 15 Tony Clark 1b 1995‑2009 63.8
25 15 Gary Sheffield lf 1995‑2009 124.1
25 15 Jason Kendall ca 1996‑2010 40.9
25 15 Vladimir Guerrero rf 1997‑2011 128.3
25 15 Bobby Abreu rf 1997‑2011 95.5
25 15 Mike Cameron cf 1997‑2011 70.3
25 15 Miguel Tejada ss 1997‑2011 102.3
25 15 Jorge Posada ca 1997‑2011 79.5
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
25 15 Joe Mauer 1b 2004‑2018 82.6
BTP: Box-Toppers points
* 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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

4/13 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
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
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 (’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
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