Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Flaherty struck out nine over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 8-3 win over the Rockies.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 23.
|1||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||20.8|
|2||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||20.8|
|3||Bieber, Shane 4005||pi sp||cle al||16.1|
|4||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||tb al||15.8|
|5||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil nl||15.7|
|6||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||15.7|
|7||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||15.4|
|8||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||14.4|
|9||Corbin, Patrick 3027||sp pi||dc nl||14.4|
|10||Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840||pi sp||cin nl||14.4|
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Flaherty earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 9.7 for the season, 34th among all players and 18th among National League pitchers.
American League Player of the Day—Yankees pitcher James Paxton struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, five hits and no walks, in the 10-2 win over the Dodgers.
Paxton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 9.1 for the season, 39th among all players and 14th among AL pitchers.
American League Batter of the Day—J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox hit two three-run homers and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in seven runs, in the 11-0 win over the Padres.
Martinez earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 7.5 for the season, 63rd among all players and eighth among AL batters.
National League Batter of the Day—Harold Ramirez of the Marlins doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 19-11 win over the Phillies.
Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Friday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:
Pirates pitcher Mitch Keller (6IP 6H R BB 9K ND in the 3-2 win over the Reds) made his Major League debut May 27 and was playing in his sixth career game.
White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease (6IP 4H 3R BB 9K W in the 8-3 win over the Rangers) made his Major League debut July 3 and was playing in his ninth career game.
Scoring—Flaherty earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Paxton earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Martinez and Ramirez 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||+11.0||STL 8, COL 3||Jack Flaherty (W, 8‑6)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||3||0||0||1||9|
|+9.0||MIL 6, ARI 1||Jordan Lyles (W, 8‑8)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||0||0||0||2||5|
|AL||+8.2||NYY 10, LAD 2||James Paxton (W, 10‑6)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.2||5||2||2||0||11|
|+8.1||WSH 9, CHC 3||Anibal Sanchez (W, 8‑6)||‑||‑||‑||‑||8.1||1||2||1||2||6|
|BAT||+8.0||BOS 11, SD 0||J.D. Martinez RF||4||2||3||7||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+8.0||`ATL 2, NYM 1 (F/14)||Mike Foltynewicz||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||2||1||1||2||7|
|+8.0||TB 7, BAL 1||Trevor Richards (W, 4‑12)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||2||0||0||1||5|
|+6.0||`PIT 3, CIN 2||Mitch Keller||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||6||1||1||1||9|
|+5.0||DET 9, MIN 6||Drew VerHagen (W, 4‑2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||5||3||3||1||11|
|+4.0||CHW 8, TEX 3||Dylan Cease (W, 3‑6)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||4||3||3||1||9|
|BAT||+3.0||MIA 19, PHI 11||Harold Ramirez LF‑RF||5||3||3||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+2.2||CLE 4, KC 1||Zach Plesac (W, 7‑4)||‑||‑||‑||‑||5.2||4||1||1||2||5|
|+2.0||HOU 5, LAA 4||Roberto Osuna (S, 31)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|+2.0||SEA 7, TOR 4||Matt Magill (S, 3)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
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 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||+/‑|
|Flaherty, Jack 3971||pi sp||stl nl||9.7||22.8||22.8||22.8||-3.4|
|Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||nyy al||9.1||26.1||48.2||50.9||-7.9|
|Martinez, J.D. 2922||dh rf||bos al||7.5||20.0||37.7||42.7||-5.0|
|Lyles, Jordan 3100||pi sp||mil nl||6.7||10.7||12.7||18.4||+2.7|
|Sanchez, Anibal 2187||pi sp||dc nl||5.0||13.4||23.8||80.7||-3.4|
|Osuna, Roberto 3512||pi cp||hou al||4.0||7.0||18.0||18.0||+1.0|
|Plesac, Zach 4168||pi sp||cle al||4.0||4.0||4.0||4.0||+4.0|
|Richards, Trevor 3945||pi sp||tb al||3.0||10.7||10.7||10.7||-4.7|
|Ramirez, Harold 4164||rf lf||fla nl||2.5||2.5||2.5||2.5||+2.5|
|Foltynewicz, Mike 3455||pi sp||atl nl||2.0||15.7||26.4||26.4||-11.7|
|VerHagen, Drew 3584||pi mr sp||det al||2.0||2.0||3.0||3.0||+2.0|
|Magill, Matt 4221||pi cp||sea al||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||+2.0|
|Cease, Dylan 4231||pi sp||chi al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||+1.0|
|Keller, Mitch 4230||pi sp||pit nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||+1.0|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
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.