Cubs’ Hendricks tops players for Friday, April 19; Astros’ Verlander passes Scherzer on career points list

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Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 19.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 5.4
2 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 5.2
3 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7
4 Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 4.5
5 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 4.0
6 Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 4.0
7 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 4.0
8 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 4.0
9 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 3.7
10 Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp chi nl 3.7
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Also Friday, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings and rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995, passing former teammate, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who had passed Verlander on the career points list nearly two years ago.

Player of the Day—Hendricks struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, in the 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Hendricks earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the season and rises to 41st in season player rankings.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander struck out eight over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and three walks, in the 7-2 win over the Rangers.

Verlander earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 4.7 for the season, rising to third place in season player rankings, second among AL pitchers, behind overall leader Trevor Bauer of the Indians (5.4).

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 215.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 201.4
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 190.8
7 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 190.7
8 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
9 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 182.8
10 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 181.8
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
13 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 168.2
14 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
15 Johan Santana pi sp retired 166.6
16 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
17 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 164.6
18 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp free agent 155.9
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Verlander also now has 182.8 career Box-Toppers points, rising to ninth place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He passes Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (181.8) on the “all-time” list and now trails eighth-ranked player Alex Rodriguez (187.0). Verlander also rises to fifth place in career points among active players.

Scherzer, who made his Box-Toppers debut in 2009, passed Verlander, who made his Box-Toppers debut in 2006, on the career points list on June 6, 2017. That day, Scherzer rose to 27th place on the career points list with 143.7, passing Verlander’s 142.0. Scherzer has ranked ahead of Verlander ever since, until Verlander passed him Friday. 

Scherzer has no points so far this season. This is the latest he has earned his first point of the season since 2012, when he earned his first point May 10 (he had 17.0 points that season, ninth among all players). Verlander and Scherzer were Tigers teammates from 2010 to 2014.

National League Batter of the Day—Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers hit a three-run, eighth-inning homer in the 5-3 win over the Brewers.

American League Batter of the Day—Brett Gardner of the Yankees homered and went 1-for-2, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 6-2 win over the Royals.

Debut—Pete Alonso of the Mets made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Alonso (HR 2-4 2R BI in the 5-4 win over the Cardinals) made his Major League debut March 28 and was playing in his 19th career game.

Scoring—Hendricks earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Verlander earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Hernandez and Gardner each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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)

4/19 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 CHC 5, ARI 1 Kyle Hendricks (W, 1‑3) 7.0 3 0 0 2 11
AL +7.0 HOU 7, TEX 2 Justin Verlander (W, 3‑0) 7.0 3 1 1 3 8
+7.0 MIA 3, WSH 2 Caleb Smith (W, 2‑0) 6.0 5 1 1 0 8
+7.0 PIT 4, SF 1 Jordan Lyles (W, 2‑0) 6.0 4 0 0 1 6
+7.0 `CIN 3, SD 2 (F/11) Anthony DeSclafani 6.0 2 1 1 1 6
BAT +4.0 LAD 5, MIL 3 Enrique Hernandez 2B 1 1 1 3
+4.0 TOR 5, OAK 1 Marcus Stroman (W, 1‑3) 8.0 6 1 1 2 6
+4.0 CHW 7, DET 3 Carlos Rodon (W, 3‑2) 6.0 3 1 1 3 6
+3.0 `BOS 6, TB 4 Matt Barnes (H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +2.0 NYY 6, KC 2 Brett Gardner CF 2 1 1 2
+1.0 NYM 5, STL 4 Pete Alonso 1B 4 2 2 1
+1.0 SEA 5, LAA 3 Daniel Vogelbach DH 3 1 1 2
0.0 COL 4, PHI 3 (F/12) Charlie Blackmon RF 5 1 2 2
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 4.7 28.8 68.6 182.8 -19.4
Lyles, Jordan 3100 pi sp pit nl 2.7 6.7 8.7 14.4 -1.3
Gardner, Brett 2486 cf nyy al 2.5 8.0 14.2 28.2 -3.0
Hernandez, Enrique 3541 2b ss rf cf lad nl 2.5 5.5 8.5 8.5 -0.5
Vogelbach, Daniel 4070 dh sea al 2.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 +1.0
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 2.0 10.7 42.5 42.5 -6.7
Rodon, Carlos 3494 pi sp chi al 2.0 6.0 25.1 25.1 -2.0
Smith, Caleb 3952 pi sp fla nl 1.0 7.4 7.4 7.4 -5.4
DeSclafani, Anthony 3441 pi sp cin nl 1.0 5.0 16.7 16.7 -3.0
Stroman, Marcus 3327 pi sp tor al 1.0 4.0 31.8 31.8 -2.0
Blackmon, Charlie 2891 rf col nl 1.0 3.5 18.7 21.2 -1.5
Barnes, Matt 3466 pi mr cp bos al 1.0 3.0 7.0 7.0 -1.0
Alonso, Pete 4118 1b nym nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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