Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 19.
|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 leadersHere are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
|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|
|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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List of top 100 players since 1995 at the end of the 2018 season.
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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
|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||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
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||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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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.