Mets’ deGrom tops players for Saturday, Sept. 14; Astros’ Greinke rises to 8th in player rankings

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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Sept. 14.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 28.2
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 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp hou al 15.9
9 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 15.8
10 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 15.4
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Also Saturday, Astros pitcher Zack Greinke rises to eighth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—deGrom struck out eight over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the Dodgers. deGrom did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was in a scoreless tie when he exited.

deGrom earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 15.4 for the season, 11th among all players and sixth among National League pitchers.

deGrom becomes the 12th player this season to reach 15 Box-Toppers points. It is his fourth season with 15 or more points and his third straight. His best season was 2015 with the Mets when he had 22.4 points, third among all players and among all NL pitchers. In 2018, he had 16.8 points with the Mets, third among NL pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 12 over 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 2-1 win over the Phillies. Rodriguez did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was tied, 1-1, when he exited.

American League Batter of the Day—Brett Gardner of the Yankees hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, and doubled in the 13-3 win over the Blue Jays. Gardner went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs.

National League Batter of the Day—Nico Hoerner of the Cubs hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 14-1 win over the Pirates.

Rankings—Astros pitcher Zack Greinke rises to eighth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Greinke (6IP 6H R 0BB 7K W in the 6-1 win over the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 15.9 for the season, fifth among AL pitchers.

Greinke becomes the 13th player this season to reach 15 Box-Toppers points. It is his seventh season with 15 or more points. His best year was 2009 with the Royals when he had 21.5 points, first among all players. In 2018, he had 13.0 points with the Diamondbacks, 10th among NL pitchers.

Greinke now has 205.1 career Box-Toppers points, fourth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails third-ranked player, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (226.5). Greinke ranks second among active players behind Kershaw.

Greinke began the season in the National League with the Diamondbacks and has earned 2.7 of his 15.9 points since being traded July 31 to the Astros.

Active season streaks

Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez Saturday extended his streak to 15 consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points, tied for the fourth-longest currently active streak. He's one of 42 players since 1995 to have a streak that long. Here are the 12 players with the longest currently active such streaks. Each player here has earned points in at least 14 straight seasons. Players are listed by the length of their streak and with their current team status. Also shown is the duration of their streak and their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total.
 
Streak Player Pos Team Duration BTP*
1 19 CC Sabathia pi sp Yankees 2001‑2019 203.4
1 19 Albert Pujols 1b Angels 2001‑2019 200.8
3 17 Miguel Cabrera dh 1b Tigers 2003‑2019 150.9
4 15 Felix Hernandez pi sp Mariners 2005‑2019 175.1
4 15 Edwin Encarnacion dh Yankees 2005‑2019 87.2
4 15 Robinson Cano 2b Mets 2005‑2019 84.4
7 14 Justin Verlander pi sp Astros 2006‑2019 202.9
7 14 Jon Lester pi sp Cubs 2006‑2019 172.6
7 14 Cole Hamels pi sp Cubs 2006‑2019 172.2
7 14 Nelson Cruz dh Twins 2006‑2019 72.7
7 14 Ian Kinsler 2b Padres 2006‑2019 71.6
7 14 Ryan Zimmerman 1b Nationals 2006‑2019 67.2
BTP*: Career Box-Toppers points

Streak—Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has now earned Box-Toppers points in 15 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Saturday.

Hernandez (7IP 5H R BB 4K ND in the 2-1, 10-inning win over the White Sox) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2005 with the Mariners and has 175.1 career points, 11th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 10th-place player Alex Rodriguez (187.0). He ranks seventh among active players in career points.  Hernandez’s best season was 2014 with the Mariners when he had 20.8 Box-Toppers points, third among AL pitchers.

Hernandez has seen limited action this season due to shoulder injuries, pitching in just his 13th game of the season Saturday. He last earned Player of the Game honors more than 15 months ago on June 3, 2018.

The 15-season streak earning points is now tied for the fourth longest currently active streak with Edwin Encarnacion of the Yankees and Robinson Cano of the Mets. Both of those players also extended their streaks of consecutive seasons earning points to 15 earlier this season.

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

  • Twins pitcher Brusdar Graterol (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 9-5 win over the Indians) made his Major League debut Sept. 1 and was playing in his fifth career game.

  • Magneuris Sierra of the Marlins (pinch runner 0-0 R 0BI in the 4-2 win over the Giants) made his Major League debut May 7, 2017, and was playing in his 85th career game.

Scoring—deGrom earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Rodriguez earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Gardner and Hoerner each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

9/14 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 `NYM 3, LAD 0 Jacob deGrom 7.0 3 0 0 0 8
AL +11.2 `BOS 2, PHI 1 Eduardo Rodriguez 6.2 4 1 1 1 12
+7.0 ARI 1, CIN 0 Merrill Kelly (W, 11‑14) 7.0 3 0 0 2 5
BAT +5.0 NYY 13, TOR 3 Brett Gardner CF 5 2 3 5
BAT +5.0 CHC 14, PIT 1 Nico Hoerner SS 4 3 3 3
+5.0 HOU 6, KC 1 Zack Greinke (W, 16‑5) 6.0 6 1 1 0 7
+5.0 MIN 9, CLE 5 Brusdar Graterol (W, 1‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
+5.0 `TB 3, LAA 1 Tyler Glasnow 3.0 2 0 0 1 5
+5.0 `DET 8, BAL 4 (F/12) Daniel Norris 3.0 1 0 0 0 3
+4.2 MIN 2, CLE 0 Taylor Rogers (S, 26) 1.2 1 0 0 0 4
+4.0 COL 11, SD 10 Daniel Murphy 1B 5 1 4 4
+4.0 ATL 10, WSH 1 Mike Foltynewicz (W, 7‑5) 6.0 4 1 1 1 5
+3.0 `SEA 2, CHW 1 (F/10) Felix Hernandez 7.0 5 1 1 1 4
+2.0 MIL 5, STL 2 Mike Moustakas 3B 3 1 2 2
+1.0 OAK 8, TEX 6 Matt Chapman 3B 4 1 1 3
+1.0 MIA 4, SF 2 Magneuris Sierra PR‑RF 0 1 0 0
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 +/‑
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp hou al 15.9 28.9 95.9 205.1 +2.9
deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 15.4 32.2 93.0 93.0 -1.4
Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480 pi sp bos al 9.4 22.8 42.2 42.2 -4.0
Chapman, Matt 3849 3b oak al 9.0 13.5 16.0 16.0 +4.5
Gardner, Brett 2486 cf nyy al 8.5 14.0 20.2 34.2 +3.0
Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 7.7 13.7 13.7 13.7 +1.7
Rogers, Taylor 3648 pi cp min al 7.0 9.0 12.0 12.0 +5.0
Kelly, Merrill 4143 pi sp ari nl 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 +7.0
Moustakas, Mike 2967 3b mil nl 5.5 9.0 26.7 36.2 +2.0
Foltynewicz, Mike 3455 pi sp atl nl 4.0 17.7 28.4 28.4 -9.7
Norris, Daniel 3548 pi sp det al 4.0 5.0 13.0 13.0 +3.0
Murphy, Daniel 2589 1b ph col nl 3.5 6.0 29.5 46.0 +1.0
Hoerner, Nico 4245 ss chi nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Hernandez, Felix 2064 pi sp sea al 1.0 3.7 52.6 175.1 -1.7
Graterol, Brusdar 4249 pi mr min al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Sierra, Magneuris 4250 rf pr fla nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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