Cubs’ Jose Quintana tops players for Wednesday, Aug. 7; Astros’ Cole, 2nd in player rankings, tops AL players

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Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Wednesday, Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole maintains his second-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings, earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 7.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 20.8
2 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.8
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 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 15.1
7 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 13.7
9 Corbin, Patrick 3027 sp pi dc nl 13.4
10 Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840 pi sp cin nl 13.4
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Player of the Day—Quintana struck out seven over seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks, in the 10-1 win over the Athletics.

Quintana earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 8.7 for the season, 29th among all players and 14th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out 10 over six innings, allowing two runs, three hits and no walks, in the 14-3 win over the Rockies.

Cole earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 18.8 for the season, second among all players and second among AL pitchers, behind teammate Justin Verlander (20.8 points) by 2.0 points.

National League Batter of the Day—Keston Hiura of the Brewers hit two home runs, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 8-3 win over the Pirates.

American League Batter of the Day—Tim Anderson of the White Sox went 4-for-4, scoring three runs.

Debut—Dodgers pitcher Dustin May made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

May (5.2IP 5H R BB 7K ND in the 2-1 win over the Cardinals) made his Major League debut Aug. 2 and was playing in his second career game.

Scoring—Quintana 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. Hiura and Anderson each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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)

8/7 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 CHC 10, OAK 1 Jose Quintana (W, 10‑7) 7.0 2 1 1 0 7
AL +9.0 HOU 14, COL 3 Gerrit Cole (W, 14‑5) 6.0 3 2 2 0 10
+7.0 ARI 6, PHI 1 Zac Gallen (W, 2‑3) 5.0 1 0 0 3 6
+6.0 WSH 4, SF 1 Joe Ross (W, 2‑3) 6.0 3 0 0 2 5
+6.0 `CLE 2, TEX 0 Zach Plesac 6.0 5 0 0 2 7
+5.2 NYY 14, BAL 2 James Paxton (W, 7‑6) 6.2 5 1 1 1 7
BAT +5.0 MIL 8, PIT 3 Keston Hiura 2B 4 3 3 3
+5.0 NYM 7, MIA 2 Michael Conforto CF‑RF 3 3 2 3
+4.2 `LAD 2, STL 1 Dustin May 5.2 5 1 1 1 7
+4.0 ATL 11, MIN 7 Ozzie Albies 2B 5 3 4 2
+4.0 `SEA 3, SD 2 Yusei Kikuchi 5.0 4 1 1 3 8
BAT +3.0 CHW 8, DET 1 Tim Anderson SS 4 3 4 0
+3.0 TOR 4, TB 3 Brock Stewart (W, 1‑0) 4.0 2 0 0 2 3
+2.2 CLE 5, TEX 1 A.J. Cole (W, 3‑1) 2.2 2 0 0 0 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 +/‑
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.8 36.8 75.0 79.7 +0.8
Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 8.7 18.8 56.9 69.0 -1.4
Paxton, James 3280 pi sp nyy al 7.4 24.4 46.5 49.2 -9.6
Albies, Ozzie 3953 2b atl nl 6.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 +4.5
Conforto, Michael 3622 rf cf nym nl 6.0 12.5 23.5 23.5 -0.5
Anderson, Tim 3659 ss chi al 5.0 9.5 14.0 14.0 +0.5
Hiura, Keston 4189 2b mil nl 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 +4.2
Gallen, Zac 4171 pi sp ari nl 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 +3.7
Ross, Joe 3499 pi sp mr dc nl 3.0 3.0 16.7 16.7 +3.0
Plesac, Zach 4168 pi sp cle al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Kikuchi, Yusei 4136 pi sp sea al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Cole, A.J. 3727 pi mr cp cle al 1.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 -1.0
Stewart, Brock 3722 pi sp tor al 1.0 1.0 2.7 2.7 +1.0
May, Dustin 4214 pi sp lad nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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