Astros’ Justin Verlander tops players for Tuesday, July 30, regaining player rankings lead

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Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, regaining the lead in Box-Toppers 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 July 30.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 18.8
2 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 17.1
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 15.8
4 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 15.7
5 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 15.7
6 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
7 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 14.1
8 Corbin, Patrick 3027 sp pi dc nl 13.4
9 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 13.2
10 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 12.7
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Verlander also rises to seventh place in career Box-Toppers points since 1995, passing Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, and now ranks fifth among active players in career points.

Verlander struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 2-0 win over the Indians.

Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 18.8 for the season, rising from second to first place, passing previous leader, teammate Gerrit Cole (17.1). Verlander also regains the lead among American League pitchers from Cole.

This is the second time in two weeks Verlander has regained the season player rankings lead from Cole. Verlander led from May 10 until he was passed by Cole on July 22, who held the lead for two days. Verlander regained the lead July 24, only to have Cole pass him again July 27 and hold the lead for three days.

Verlander also now has 196.9 career Box-Toppers points, rising to seventh among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 2.0 points Tuesday, he passes Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (196.2) on the “all-time” list and now trails sixth-ranked Albert Pujols of the Angels (198.8). Passing Scherzer, Verlander rises to fifth place among active players in career points.

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 223.5
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 203.4
5 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 202.4
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 198.8
7 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 196.9
8 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 196.2
9 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
10 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 171.6
13 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 171.2
14 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
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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National League Player of the Day—Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 over 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run (none earned), five hits and one walk, in the 5-2, 11-inning win over the White Sox. Syndergaard did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the White Sox tied the game after he exited.

National League Batter of the Day—Corey Dickerson of the Pirates hit two home runs and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 11-4 win over the Reds.

American League Batter of the Day—Kyle Seager of the Mariners homered, tripled and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-5 win over the Rangers.

Notable—Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi became the 17th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Odorizzi (5.2IP 4H R BB 5K W in the 2-1 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.4 for the season, 15th among all players and seventh among AL pitchers.

This is Odorizzi’s second season with 10 or more points. In 2017 he had 11.1 points with the Rays, 11th among AL pitchers. He had 7.0 points in 2018 with the Twins, 39th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Tuesday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Orioles pitcher Shawn Armstrong (2IP H 0R 0BB 2K Sv in the 8-5 win over the Padres) made his Major League debut Aug. 8, 2015, and was playing in his 89th career game.

  • Dodgers pitcher Casey Sadler (2.1IP H 0R BB 2K W in the 9-4 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut May 2, 2014, and was playing in his 24th career game.

Scoring—Verlander earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Syndergaard earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Dickerson and Seager each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

7/30 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +18.0 HOU 2, CLE 0 Justin Verlander (W, 14‑4) 7.0 2 0 0 0 13
NL +11.1 `NYM 5, CHW 2 (F/11) Noah Syndergaard 7.1 5 1 0 1 11
+8.0 LAA 6, DET 1 Griffin Canning (W, 4‑6) 6.0 4 0 0 1 7
+8.0 `OAK 3, MIL 2 (F/10) Chris Bassitt 6.0 3 0 0 1 6
+7.0 PHI 4, SF 2 Drew Smyly (W, 2‑5) 7.0 4 0 0 1 5
BAT +6.0 PIT 11, CIN 4 Corey Dickerson LF 4 2 3 5
+5.1 ARI 4, NYY 2 Taylor Clarke (W, 4‑3) 5.1 3 1 0 2 6
+4.1 STL 2, CHC 1 Carlos Martinez (S, 11) 1.1 0 0 0 0 3
+4.0 ATL 11, WSH 8 Adam Duvall LF 5 3 4 2
BAT +4.0 SEA 8, TEX 5 Kyle Seager 3B 5 2 3 4
+3.2 MIN 2, MIA 1 Jake Odorizzi (W, 12‑5) 5.2 4 1 1 1 5
+3.0 TOR 9, KC 2 Vladimir Guerrero 3B 5 1 2 5
+3.0 BAL 8, SD 5 Shawn Armstrong (S, 3) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
+2.1 `LAD 9, COL 4 Casey Sadler (W, 1‑0) 2.1 1 0 0 1 2
+1.0 TB 6, BOS 5 Avisail Garcia RF 5 1 2 3
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 +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 18.8 42.9 82.7 196.9 -5.3
Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 10.4 17.4 52.6 54.6 +3.4
Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp nym nl 8.4 16.4 46.5 46.5 +0.4
Bassitt, Chris 3413 pi sp mr oak al 5.7 7.7 11.7 11.7 +3.7
Canning, Griffin 4134 pi sp ana al 5.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 +5.7
Guerrero, Vladimir Jr. 4142 3b tor al 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 +3.5
Martinez, Carlos 3371 pi cp mr stl nl 3.0 10.0 46.6 46.6 -4.0
Dickerson, Corey 3222 lf pit nl 3.0 7.5 24.5 27.0 -1.5
Garcia, Avisail 3256 rf tb al 2.5 3.5 20.2 21.2 +1.5
Smyly, Drew 3009 pi sp phi nl 2.0 2.0 28.8 37.5 +2.0
Clarke, Taylor 4199 pi sp ari nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Seager, Kyle 3031 3b sea al 1.5 5.5 30.0 36.0 -2.5
Duvall, Adam 3573 lf atl nl 1.0 5.5 18.0 18.0 -3.5
Armstrong, Shawn 4204 pi cp bal al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Sadler, Casey 4205 pi mr lad nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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