Cubs’ Hamels tops players for Friday, June 7; Astros’ Cole, Phillies’ Eflin rise in top 10 player rankings

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Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels 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 June 7.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 13.8
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 10.0
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 9.8
4 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 9.7
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.4
6 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 8.7
7 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 8.4
8 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 8.4
9 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf 1b lad nl 8.2
10 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 7.7
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Also Friday, two players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 list after earning Player of the Game honors—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to fifth place and Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin rises to 10th place.

Player of the Day—Hamels struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Cardinals.

Hamels earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.7 for the season, 30th among all players and 15th among National League pitchers.

Hamels also now has 170.2 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 13th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Friday, he passes teammate Jon Lester (168.6) on the “all-time” list and now trails 12th-ranked player Roy Halladay (170.7). Passing Lester, Hamels now ranks eighth among active players in career points.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out 14 over seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned), four hits and no walks, in the 4-2, 11-inning win over the Orioles. Cole did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was tied, 3-3, when he exited.

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 219.5
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 201.4
5 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 196.4
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 194.8
7 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
8 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 191.9
9 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
10 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 184.8
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
13 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 170.2
14 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 168.6
15 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
16 Johan Santana pi sp retired 166.6
17 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
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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Cole earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 9.4 for the season, rising from ninth to fifth place in season player rankings. He ranks third among AL pitchers, behind teammate Justin Verlander (13.8) and Rays pitcher Charlie Morton (9.8).

American League Batter of the Day—Marcus Semien of the Athletics hit two home runs, including a ninth-inning, two-run, tiebreaking homer, in the 5-3 win over the Rangers. Semien went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in four runs.

National League Batter of the Day—David Peralta of the Diamondbacks homered and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 8-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Rankings—Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin rises to 10th place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Eflin (6.1IP 4H 2R ER 4BB 6K W in the 4-2 win over the Reds) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.7 for the season. He ranks fifth among NL pitchers.

Debut—Twins pitcher Ryne Harper made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Harper (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 6-3 win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut March 31 and was playing in his 27th career game.

Scoring—Hamels 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. Semien and Peralta 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)

6/7 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +14.0 CHC 3, STL 1 Cole Hamels (W, 5‑2) 8.0 3 0 0 1 10
AL +13.0 `HOU 4, BAL 3 (F/11) Gerrit Cole 7.0 4 3 1 0 14
+10.0 TB 5, BOS 1 Yonny Chirinos (W, 7‑2) 8.0 2 0 0 2 6
+8.0 `SF 2, LAD 1 Drew Pomeranz 5.0 3 0 0 1 7
+7.0 ATL 7, MIA 1 Mike Soroka (W, 7‑1) 8.0 3 1 1 2 6
BAT +6.0 OAK 5, TEX 3 Marcus Semien SS 5 3 4 4
+5.0 MIL 10, PIT 4 Brandon Woodruff (W, 8‑1) 6.0 4 3 3 1 10
+4.0 MIN 6, DET 3 Ryne Harper (W, 1‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.0 CLE 5, NYY 2 Brad Hand (S, 19) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.2 SEA 6, LAA 2 Marco Gonzales (W, 6‑6) 5.2 2 1 1 3 5
+3.2 `SD 5, WSH 4 Nick Margevicius 3.2 3 0 0 0 3
BAT +3.0 ARI 8, TOR 2 David Peralta LF 4 2 3 2
+3.0 KC 6, CHW 4 Adalberto Mondesi SS 4 2 3 2
+2.0 COL 5, NYM 1 David Dahl RF 4 2 2 2
+1.1 PHI 4, CIN 2 Zach Eflin (W, 6‑5) 6.1 4 2 1 4 6
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 +/‑
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.4 27.4 65.6 70.3 -8.6
Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 7.7 15.4 20.4 20.4 0.0
Soroka, Mike 3956 pi sp atl nl 6.4 9.4 9.4 9.4 +3.4
Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp chi nl 5.7 16.8 71.8 170.2 -5.4
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp cle al 5.0 12.0 25.7 26.7 -2.0
Chirinos, Yonny 4039 pi sp tb al 5.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 +3.0
Woodruff, Brandon 3868 pi sp mil nl 5.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 +4.0
Gonzales, Marco 3408 pi sp sea al 3.7 14.1 18.1 18.1 -6.7
Dahl, David 3714 rf cf col nl 3.5 7.0 8.0 8.0 0.0
Mondesi, Adalberto 3750 ss kc al 3.5 5.5 6.5 6.5 +1.5
Peralta, David 3370 lf ph ari nl 3.0 11.5 25.4 25.4 -5.5
Semien, Marcus 3302 ss oak al 2.5 5.0 16.0 17.0 0.0
Pomeranz, Drew 3061 pi sp sf nl 2.0 2.0 29.8 33.8 +2.0
Margevicius, Nick 4102 pi sp sd nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Harper, Ryne 4157 pi mr min al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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