Phillies’ Eflin tops players for Saturday, May 11, rises to 3rd; Pujols ties record for most consecutive seasons earning points

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Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to third place 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 May 11.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 8.4
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 7.0
3 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7
4 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 6.7
5 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 6.7
6 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 6.4
7 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 6.2
8 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 6.2
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 6.0
10 Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 5.5
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Also Saturday, Albert Pujols ties Box-Toppers all-time record for most consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points at 19, after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019.

Player of the Day—Eflin pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking none, in the 7-0 win over the Royals.

Eflin earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.7 for the season, rising to third in season player rankings, second among National League pitchers, behind Josh Hader of the Brewers (7.0).

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out 12 over six innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 11-4 win over the Rangers.

American League Batter of the Day—Albert Pujols of the Angels hit two home runs and went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 7-2 win over the Orioles.

Box-Toppers season streaks

Here are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. In 2019, Albert Pujols and CC Sabathia have 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
1 19 Albert Pujols* 1b dh 2001‑2019 192.3
5 18 Jim Thome 1b dh 1995‑2012 146.7
5 18 Chipper Jones 3b 1995‑2012 149.0
5 18 Johnny Damon lf 1995‑2012 63.0
5 18 Alex Rodriguez 3b 1996‑2013 187.0
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
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* Active streak of a player active in 2019.
(Chart updated May 11, 2019)
Details of Box-Toppers season streaks as of the close of the 2017 season

Pujols has now earned Box-Toppers points in 19 consecutive seasons, tied for the longest streak in Box-Toppers tracking history (going back to 1995). Three other players have similar 19 season streaks—Jason Giambi (1995-2013), Carlos Beltran (1999-2017) and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (2001-2019), who reached the milestone earlier this season. While the 19-season streaks by Sabathia and Pujols are both active, Sabathia has announced this season will be his last, so his streak won’t continue to 20 straight seasons. Pujols, 39, has made no retirement announcement and so could set the new record at 20 straight seasons in 2020.

Pujols earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2001 with the Cardinals and now has 192.3 career points, seventh among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails sixth-ranked player Curt Schilling (194.1). Pujols has the most career Box-Toppers points among all batters since 1995, ahead of Alex Rodriguez (187.0). He ranks fourth among active players in career points.

Pujols’ best season was 2009 with the Cardinals when he had 16.7 Box-Toppers points, leading all NL batters and ranking eighth among all players that season. Pujols has led NL batters in Box-Toppers points five times—leading the league in season Box-Toppers points more than any other batter—all with the Cardinals:

  • In 2003, he had 16.5 points.

  • In 2004—15.9.

  • 2008—15.2.

  • 2009—16.7.

  • 2010—15.4.

Pujols has had as few as 3.0 points in a season in 2018 with the Angels.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no NL Batter of the Day for Saturday because no NL batter earned Player of the Game honors.

Streak—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Saturday.

Scherzer (7IP 5H 2R 2BB 7K W in the 5-2 win over the Dodgers) earned his first points in 2009 with the Diamondbacks. His best season was 2016 with the Nationals when he had 25.7 Box-Toppers points to lead all players. He’s had five straight seasons of 20.0 or more Box-Toppers points (2014-2018) and seven straight seasons of 17.0 or more points (2012-2018). Scherzer had 25.1 points in 2018, second among all players and first among NL pitchers. He’s led NL pitchers in points each of the last three seasons.

Scherzer now has 182.8 career Box-Toppers points, 10th among all players since 1995, when player tracking began. He trails ninth-ranked player, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (186.5). Scherzer ranks sixth among active players in career points.

This is the latest in a season Scherzer has earned his first Player of the Game honor since 2010, when he did it on May 30. That season, Scherzer had 13.4 Box-Toppers points with the Tigers, eighth among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Eflin earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Cole earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Pujols earn 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)

5/11 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 PHI 7, KC 0 Zach Eflin (W, 5‑3) 9.0 4 0 0 0 7
AL +12.0 HOU 11, TEX 4 Gerrit Cole (W, 4‑4) 6.0 4 1 1 0 12
+8.0 CHC 2, MIL 1 (F/15) Tyler Chatwood (W, 2‑0) 4.0 0 0 0 3 7
+7.0 NYM 4, MIA 1 Jacob deGrom (W, 3‑4) 7.0 5 1 1 1 8
+7.0 `CIN 5, SF 4 David Hernandez (H, 6) 2.0 0 0 0 0 5
+6.0 PIT 2, STL 1 Jordan Lyles (W, 3‑1) 6.0 1 1 1 3 6
BAT +4.0 LAA 7, BAL 2 Albert Pujols 1B 5 3 3 3
+4.0 SD 4, COL 3 Kirby Yates (S, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.0 MIN 8, DET 3 C.J. Cron 1B 5 1 4 3
+3.0 TB 7, NYY 2 Yandy Diaz 3B 5 2 2 4
+3.0 DET 5, MIN 3 Ronny Rodriguez SS 3 2 2 2
+3.0 WSH 5, LAD 2 Max Scherzer (W, 2‑4) 7.0 5 2 2 2 7
+3.0 ATL 6, ARI 4 Kevin Gausman (W, 2‑3) 6.0 5 1 1 2 6
+2.1 `OAK 3, CLE 2 Yusmeiro Petit (H, 2) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2
+2.0 CHW 7, TOR 2 James McCann C 5 2 4 1
+2.0 BOS 9, SEA 5 Rafael Devers 3B 4 1 3 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 2014-2019 (’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 +/‑
Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7 14.4 19.4 19.4 -1.0
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 4.7 22.7 60.9 65.6 -13.3
deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 3.7 20.5 81.3 81.3 -13.1
Lyles, Jordan 3100 pi sp pit nl 3.7 7.7 9.7 15.4 -0.3
Devers, Rafael 4038 3b bos al 2.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 0.0
Rodriguez, Ronny 4119 ss det al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Gausman, Kevin 3191 pi sp atl nl 2.0 5.7 37.0 41.0 -1.7
Chatwood, Tyler 2856 pi sp cp chi nl 2.0 2.0 19.4 28.1 +1.0
McCann, James 3649 ca chi al 2.0 3.0 7.0 7.0 +1.0
Pujols, Albert 1438 1b dh ana al 1.5 4.5 32.5 192.3 -1.5
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 1.0 26.1 119.9 182.8 -24.1
Yates, Kirby 3628 pi cp sd nl 1.0 6.0 10.0 10.0 -4.0
Hernandez, David 2649 pi mr cin nl 1.0 4.0 5.0 17.0 -2.0
Cron, C.J. 3338 1b min al 1.0 3.0 14.7 14.7 -1.0
Petit, Yusmeiro 2337 pi mr oak al 1.0 2.0 12.0 24.7 0.0
Diaz, Yandy 3896 3b dh tb al 1.0 2.0 3.7 3.7 0.0
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