Mets’ Syndergaard tops players for Monday, Sept. 2; Astros’ Cole regains player rankings lead

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Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is Monday’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. 2.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 24.2
2 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 23.8
3 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 18.7
4 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 16.8
5 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 16.7
6 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 16.1
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 Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 14.4
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Also Monday, Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole regains the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors. Cole regained the lead one day after losing it to teammate Justin Verlander.

Player of the Day—Syndergaard struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 7-3 win over the Nationals.

Syndergaard earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.4 for the season, rising to 23rd place in season player rankings, 14th among National League pitchers.

Syndergaard becomes the 38th player to reach 10 Box-Toppers points in 2018. It is his third season with 10 or more points and his first since 2016. He had 10.4 points in 2015 with the Mets and 16.7 in 2016 with the Mets (his best season, when he ranked seventh among all players). He had 3.0 points in 2017 and 8.0 points in 2018, also with the Mets.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out 14 over six innings, allowing one run, three hits and two walks, in the 3-2, 10-inning win over the Brewers. Cole did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Brewers tied the game after he exited.

Cole earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 24.2 for the season, rising from second to first in season player rankings, passing teammate Justin Verlander (23.8), who only took the lead again Sunday, pitching a no-hitter. It is the fourth time Cole has taken the lead from Verlander since July 22.

2019 lead changes

Here are the season’s lead changes among players in Box-Toppers points. Chart shows the date and the player’s Box-Toppers point (BTP) total when they took the lead.  

Date Player Team BTP
3/20 Tim Beckham sea al 2.0
3/21 Hunter Strickland sea al 2.0
3/28 Jose Berrios min al 2.0
3/31 Cody Bellinger lad nl 2.7
4/3 Matt Shoemaker tor al 3.7
4/4 Trevor Bauer cle al 3.7
4/7 Cody Bellinger lad nl 5.2
4/15 Trevor Bauer cle al 5.4
4/24 Justin Verlander hou al 6.4
5/3 Tyler Glasnow tb al 6.7
5/5 Josh Hader mil nl 7.0
5/10 Justin Verlander hou al 8.4
7/22 Gerrit Cole hou al 16.1
7/24 Justin Verlander hou al 16.8
7/27 Gerrit Cole hou al 17.1
7/30 Justin Verlander hou al 18.8
8/28 Gerrit Cole hou al 22.5
9/1 Justin Verlander hou al 23.8
9/2 Gerrit Cole hou al 24.2
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National League Batter of the Day—Joc Pederson of the Dodgers homered twice and doubled, going 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in five runs, in the 16-9 win over the Rockies.

American League Batter of the Day—Jake Bauers of the Indians homered and went 1-for-2, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 11-3 win over the White Sox.

Notable—In addition to Cole and Syndergaard, two other players with more than 10 Box-Toppers points this season earned Player of the Game honors:

  • Rangers pitcher Mike Minor (7.1IP 5H 0R BB 5K W in the 7-0 win over the Yankees) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.7 for the season, 14th among all players and sixth among AL pitchers.

  • Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks (6IP 3H R BB 7K ND in the 5-1 win over the Mariners) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.4 for the season, 16th among all players and ninth among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright now has 124.9 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 42nd place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.

Wainwright (7IP 4H 0R 0BB K W in the 3-1 win over the Giants) passes two players on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” career points list—Gary Sheffield (124.1) and Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (124.4). Wainwright now trails 41st-ranked player Mariano Rivera (126.4). Passing Bumgarner, Wainwright now ranks 14th among active players in career points.

Wainwright has 5.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, now his best total since 2016 with the Cardinals, when he had 10.2. Wainwright’s 5.7 points for 2019 ranks 50th among NL pitchers.

Debut—Josh Rojas of the Diamondbacks made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Rojas (HR 2B 4-5 3R 2BI in the 14-7 win over the Padres) made his Major League debut Aug. 12 and was playing in his 17th career game.

Scoring—Syndergaard 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. Pederson and Bauers each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)

9/2 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +14.0 NYM 7, WSH 3 Noah Syndergaard (W, 10‑7) 7.0 3 0 0 0 10
AL +13.0 `HOU 3, MIL 2 (F/10) Gerrit Cole 6.0 3 1 1 2 14
BAT +8.0 LAD 16, COL 9 Joc Pederson RF 3 3 3 5
+7.0 `CHC 5, SEA 1 Kyle Hendricks 6.0 3 1 1 1 7
+6.1 TEX 7, NYY 0 Mike Minor (W, 12‑8) 7.1 5 0 0 1 5
+4.1 PHI 7, CIN 1 Drew Smyly (W, 3‑6) 5.1 4 1 1 3 8
+4.0 ARI 14, SD 7 Josh Rojas LF‑2B 5 3 4 2
+4.0 STL 3, SF 1 Adam Wainwright (W, 10‑9) 7.0 4 0 0 0 1
+4.0 ATL 6, TOR 3 Mark Melancon (S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
BAT +3.0 CLE 11, CHW 3 Jake Bauers PH‑LF‑1B 2 2 1 2
+2.0 TB 5, BAL 4 (F/10) Tommy Pham LF 4 0 3 3
+2.0 MIN 4, DET 3 Taylor Rogers (S, 22) 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 +/‑
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 24.2 42.2 80.4 85.1 +6.2
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 13.7 21.4 29.8 50.5 +6.0
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 13.4 22.1 53.9 53.9 +4.7
Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp nym nl 11.4 19.4 49.5 49.5 +3.4
Rogers, Taylor 3648 pi cp min al 6.0 8.0 11.0 11.0 +4.0
Wainwright, Adam 2150 pi sp stl nl 5.7 7.4 44.8 124.9 +4.0
Melancon, Mark 2792 pi cp mr sf nl 4.0 4.0 22.0 29.0 +4.0
Bauers, Jake 3993 lf dh 1b ph cle al 3.5 9.0 9.0 9.0 -2.0
Smyly, Drew 3009 pi sp phi nl 3.0 3.0 29.8 38.5 +3.0
Pederson, Joc 3621 lf lad nl 2.5 7.5 12.5 12.5 -2.5
Pham, Thomas 3596 lf tb al 2.0 5.0 13.5 13.5 -1.0
Rojas, Josh 4244 lf 2b ari nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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