Blue Jays’ Trent Thornton tops players for Wednesday, Sept. 11; Padres’ Paddack rises to 8th in player rankings

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Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Wednesday, Padres pitcher Chris Paddack rises to eighth in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning National 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 Sept. 11.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 26.2
2 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 24.8
3 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 18.7
4 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 17.1
5 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 16.8
6 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 16.7
7 Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 16.4
8 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 15.8
9 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 15.4
10 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 15.4
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Player of the Day—Thornton struck out seven over five scoreless and hitless innings, allowing one walk, in the 8-0 win over the Red Sox. Thorton and three other Blue Jays pitchers combined in a two-hit shutout of the Red Sox.

Thornton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.7 for the season, 79th among all players and 27th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Padres pitcher Chris Paddack struck out seven over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 4-0 win over the Cubs.

Paddack earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 15.8 for the season, rising to eighth place in season player rankings, fourth among NL pitchers.

Paddack becomes the 11th player this season to reach 15 Box-Toppers points. It is his first season with 15 points and his first season earning points.

Top 10 newcomers

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) who have made their Box-Toppers debut in 2019 through the games of Sept. 11.

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 15.8
2 Thornton, Trent 4120 pi sp tor al 7.7
3 Jimenez, Eloy 4107 lf chi al 7.5
3 Urshela, Gio 4135 3b nyy al 7.5
5 Alonso, Pete 4118 1b nym nl 7.0
5 Jackson, Luke 4139 pi cp atl nl 7.0
5 Means, John 4115 pi sp bal al 7.0
8 Canning, Griffin 4134 pi sp ana al 6.7
9 Guerrero, Vladimir Jr. 4142 3b tor al 6.2
10 Kelly, Merrill 4143 pi sp ari nl 6.0
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Paddack has a dominant lead among the 161 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut in 2019. Second place is, in fact, Wednesday’s Player of the Day, Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton, who despite earning 2.0 points Wednesday, still has fewer than half the points of Paddack (7.7 vs. 15.8). (See the chart elsewhere on the page, Top 10 newcomers.)

National League Batter of the Day—Mike Moustakas of the Brewers hit two home runs, including a three-run shot and a two-run, tie-breaking, ninth-inning homer, in the 7-5 win over the Marlins. Moustakas went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in five runs.

American League Batter of the Day—Jorge Soler of the Royals hit two home runs, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-6 win over the White Sox.

Soler earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 10.2 for the season, 37th among all players and third among AL batters, behind Gleyber Torres of the Yankees (12.0) and Nelson Cruz of the Twins (11.0).

Soler becomes the 44th player—and ninth batter—to reach 10 Box-Toppers points this season. (In 2018, 52 players, including five batters, reached 10 Box-Toppers points.) It is his first season with 10 or more points. His previous best season was 2015 with the Cubs when he had 3.2 points. In 2018, he had 1.5 points with the Royals.

Streak—Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals has now earned Box-Toppers points in 14 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Wednesday.

Zimmerman (HR 3-4 R 3BI in the 6-2 win over the Twins) earned his first points in 2006 with the Nationals, the team for which he’s earned all his career Box-Toppers points. He has 67.2 career points, eighth among active NL batters. His best season was 2013, when he had 9.2 points, sixth among NL batters. In 2018, he had 2.7 points.

Zimmerman’s plantar fasciitis in his right foot has limited his playing time this season. Wednesday was his 40th game of 2019.

Notable—Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco earned his first Box-Toppers Player of the Game honor Wednesday since returning this month after his leukemia diagnosis.

Carrasco (1.2IP 0H 0R 2BB 2K W in the 4-3 win over the Angels) is appearing in middle relief rather than his usual starting role since making the return to the team after a three-month absence.

Carrasco now has 6.7 Box-Toppers points on the season, 33rd among AL pitchers. His 88.7 Box-Toppers points since 2014 ranks fifth among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Thornton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Paddack earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Moustakas and Soler 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)

9/11 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 TOR 8, BOS 0 Trent Thornton (W, 5‑9) 5.0 0 0 0 1 7
NL +9.0 SD 4, CHC 0 Chris Paddack (W, 9‑7) 6.0 3 0 0 1 7
BAT +6.0 MIL 7, MIA 5 Mike Moustakas 3B 4 2 3 5
+6.0 ATL 3, PHI 1 Dallas Keuchel (W, 8‑5) 6.0 3 1 1 3 8
+6.0 NYM 9, ARI 0 Steven Matz (W, 10‑8) 6.0 4 0 0 3 7
BAT +5.0 KC 8, CHW 6 Jorge Soler DH 5 2 4 4
+3.1 `BAL 7, LAD 3 John Means 6.1 4 2 2 1 6
+3.0 WSH 6, MIN 2 Ryan Zimmerman 1B 4 1 3 3
+3.0 SEA 5, CIN 3 Marco Gonzales (W, 15‑11) 7.0 5 2 2 2 7
+3.0 COL 2, STL 1 Antonio Senzatela (W, 9‑10) 6.0 4 1 1 2 5
+3.0 OAK 5, HOU 3 Liam Hendriks (S, 20) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 `PIT 6, SF 3 Richard Rodriguez (H, 14) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 TEX 10, TB 9 Danny Santana CF 3 2 1 2
+1.2 CLE 4, LAA 3 Carlos Carrasco (W, 5‑7) 1.2 0 0 0 2 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 +/‑
Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 15.8 15.8 15.8 15.8 +15.8
Soler, Jorge 3403 dh kc al 10.2 11.7 18.4 18.4 +8.7
Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp nym nl 9.0 14.7 31.3 31.3 +3.3
Gonzales, Marco 3408 pi sp sea al 8.4 18.8 22.8 22.8 -2.0
Thornton, Trent 4120 pi sp tor al 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.7 +7.7
Hendriks, Liam 3339 pi cp oak al 7.0 7.0 10.0 10.0 +7.0
Means, John 4115 pi sp bal al 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 +7.0
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 6.7 25.8 88.7 94.1 -12.4
Santana, Danny 3350 1b cf lf tex al 5.5 5.5 10.0 10.0 +5.5
Moustakas, Mike 2967 3b mil nl 4.5 8.0 25.7 35.2 +1.0
Keuchel, Dallas 3050 pi sp atl nl 3.7 10.4 60.6 62.6 -3.0
Rodriguez, Richard 4023 pi mr pit nl 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Senzatela, Antonio 3760 pi sp col nl 1.0 5.0 8.0 8.0 -3.0
Zimmerman, Ryan 2180 1b dc nl 1.0 3.7 18.9 67.2 -1.7
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