Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty tops players for Friday, Aug. 23; Yankees’ Paxton tops AL players

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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 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 23.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

8/23 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
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
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 +/‑
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
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