Yankees’ James Paxton tops players for Tuesday, Sept. 3; Cardinals’ Flaherty tops NL players

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Yankees pitcher James Paxton is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Paxton struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 10-1 win over the Rangers.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Sept. 3.
 
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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Paxton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.1 for the season, 26th among all players and 11th among American League pitchers.

Paxton becomes the 39th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his third straight season with 10 or more points. In 2017, he had 13.7 points with the Mariners, seventh among AL pitchers and in 2018, he had 17.0 points with the Mariners, ninth among AL pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty struck out eight over eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 1-0 win over the Giants.

Flaherty earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 11.4 for the season, 23rd among all players and 14th among NL pitchers.

Flaherty becomes the 40th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his second straight season with 10 or more points. In 2018, he had 13.1 points with the Cardinals, ninth among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Juan Soto of the Nationals homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 11-10 win over the Mets.

American League Batter of the Day—Jorge Soler of the Royals hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 6-5 win over the Tigers.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 226.5
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 203.4
5 Zack Greinke pi sp hou al 202.4
6 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 201.9
7 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 200.8
8 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 196.2
9 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
10 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 172.6
13 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 172.2
14 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
15 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
16 Johan Santana pi sp retired 166.6
17 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
18 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp free agent 155.9
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Notable—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester rises to 12th place on Box-Toppers “all-time” career points list (tracking began in 1995) after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Lester (6IP 6H 0R 4BB 9K W in the 6-1 win over the Mariners) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 172.6 career points, passing teammate Cole Hamels (172.2) on the “all-time” list. Lester now trails 11th-place player, Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (174.1) by 1.5 points. Passing Hamels, Lester now ranks eighth among active players in career points.

Lester now has 8.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 23rd among NL pitchers, earning his first point since July 13.

Scoring—Paxton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Flaherty earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Soto and Soler each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

9/3 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +17.0 NYY 10, TEX 1 James Paxton (W, 12‑6) 7.0 1 0 0 1 12
NL +14.0 STL 1, SF 0 Jack Flaherty (W, 9‑7) 8.0 1 0 0 1 8
+11.0 ARI 2, SD 1 Merrill Kelly (W, 10‑13) 7.0 3 0 0 2 9
BAT +5.0 WSH 11, NYM 10 Juan Soto LF 4 3 3 3
BAT +5.0 KC 6, DET 5 Jorge Soler DH 3 2 3 3
+5.0 CHC 6, SEA 1 Jon Lester (W, 12‑9) 6.0 6 0 0 4 9
+4.0 CHW 6, CLE 5 Eloy Jimenez LF 4 2 3 3
+4.0 TB 2, BAL 0 Diego Castillo (W, 3‑8) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
+3.0 ATL 7, TOR 2 Josh Donaldson 3B 3 1 2 3
+3.0 MIL 4, HOU 2 Eric Thames 1B 3 1 2 3
+3.0 OAK 7, LAA 5 Seth Brown LF 3 2 2 2
+3.0 LAD 5, COL 3 Russell Martin C 2 1 1 3
+2.0 BAL 4, TB 2 Rio Ruiz 3B 3 1 2 2
+1.0 MIN 6, BOS 5 Miguel Sano 3B 5 1 2 3
+1.0 PHI 6, CIN 2 J.T. Realmuto C 3 1 2 1
+1.0 MIA 5, PIT 4 (F/10) Jose Urena (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 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 +/‑
Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 11.4 24.5 24.5 24.5 -1.7
Paxton, James 3280 pi sp nyy al 11.1 28.1 50.2 52.9 -5.9
Soler, Jorge 3403 dh kc al 8.7 10.2 16.9 16.9 +7.2
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp chi nl 8.0 18.7 79.9 172.6 -2.7
Donaldson, Josh 3144 3b atl nl 7.5 7.5 45.6 55.1 +7.5
Jimenez, Eloy 4107 lf chi al 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 +7.5
Realmuto, J.T. 3491 ca phi nl 7.0 12.5 27.0 27.0 +1.5
Soto, Juan 3994 lf dc nl 6.0 13.5 13.5 13.5 -1.5
Kelly, Merrill 4143 pi sp ari nl 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +6.0
Thames, Eric 2909 1b ph mil nl 3.5 3.5 7.5 10.0 +3.5
Brown, Seth 4239 lf ph oak al 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 +3.5
Sano, Miguel 3527 3b ph min al 3.0 7.0 24.5 24.5 -1.0
Urena, Jose 3492 pi sp fla nl 2.0 12.7 22.4 22.4 -8.7
Castillo, Diego 3995 pi cp mr tb al 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Ruiz, Rio 3906 3b bal al 2.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 +2.0
Martin, Russell 2202 ca lad nl 1.0 1.0 23.0 56.0 +1.0
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