Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and regains the lead in season player rankings, one day after losing the lead.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Sept. 8.
|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||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||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||15.4|
|8||Clevinger, Mike 3707||pi sp||cle al||15.4|
|9||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||15.4|
|10||Corbin, Patrick 3027||sp pi||dc nl||14.4|
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Also Sunday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings and Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger rises to eighth after both earned Player of the Game honors.
In addition Sunday, Gleyber Torres of the Yankees rises to lead American League batters in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning AL Batter of the Day honors.
Player of the Day—Cole struck out 15 over eight innings, allowing one run, one hit and no walks, in the 21-1 win over the Mariners.
2019 lead changesHere 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.
|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|
|9/7||Justin Verlander||hou al||24.8|
|9/8||Gerrit Cole||hou al||26.2|
Cole earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 26.2 for the season, rising from second to first place in season player rankings, passing teammate Justin Verlander (24.8), who only retook the lead Saturday, holding it just one day. Verlander and Cole have now exchanged the lead nine times since July 22.
This is the 28th time a player has earned 25 or more Box-Toppers points in a season since player tracking began in 1995. Cole’s 26.2 Box-Toppers points is now the 17th-best single-season total in Box-Toppers’ 25-season tracking history.
This is Cole’s highest single-season point total. His previous high was 19.0 in 2015 with the Pirates, when he ranked ninth among all players and sixth among NL pitchers.
Cole’s Sunday Box-Toppers game score of +20.0 is the second-best for any Player of the Game winner this season, behind the +22.0 earned Sept. 1 by teammate Justin Verlander (CG 0H 0R BB 14K W in the 2-0 win over the Blue Jays).
National League Player of the Day—Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings, allowing five hits and one walk, in the 2-0 win over the Pirates.
Flaherty earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 13.1 for the season, 19th among all players and 11th among NL pitchers.
American League Batter of the Day—Gleyber Torres of the Yankees homered, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 10-5 win over the Red Sox.
Torres earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 12.0 for the season, rising to 22nd place among all players and first place among AL batters, passing previous leader Nelson Cruz of the Twins (11.0).
He also now has the most 2019 Box-Toppers points among all batters, passing Christian Yelich of the Brewers (11.7).
National League Batter of the Day—Eugenio Suarez of the Reds hit two homers and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Scherzer—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (6IP 2H R 2BB 9K W in the 9-4 win over the Braves) rises from eighth to seventh place overall with 15.4 Box-Toppers points, third among NL pitchers, behind teammate Stephen Strasburg (18.7) and Josh Hader of the Brewers (16.7).
Best seasonsRandy Johnson holds the record for most Box-Toppers points in a single season with 33.7, which he achieved twice—in 2000 and 2002. Here are all players who have earned 25 or more Box-Toppers points in a single season since 1995, ranked by their single-season Box-Toppers point total.
|1||Randy Johnson||Dbacks||pi sp||2000||33.7|
|1||Randy Johnson||Dbacks||pi sp||2002||33.7|
|3||Pedro Martinez||Red Sox||pi sp||2000||33.5|
|4||Randy Johnson||Dbacks||pi sp||1999||31.5|
|4||Clayton Kershaw||Dodgers||pi sp||2014||31.5|
|6||Pedro Martinez||Red Sox||pi sp||1999||31.4|
|7||Randy Johnson||Dbacks||pi sp||2001||29.4|
|8||Jake Arrieta||Cubs||pi sp||2015||29.1|
|9||Pedro Martinez||Red Sox||pi sp||2002||28.8|
|10||Curt Schilling||Dbacks||pi sp||2002||28.4|
|11||Roger Clemens||Blue Jays||pi sp||1997||27.4|
|12||Blake Snell||Rays||pi sp||2018||27.2|
|13||Johan Santana||Twins||pi sp||2004||26.8|
|14||Pedro Martinez||Expos||pi sp||1997||26.7|
|14||CC Sabathia||Indians/Brewers||pi sp||2008||26.7|
|16||Randy Johnson||Mariners/Astros||pi sp||1998||26.4|
|17||*Gerrit Cole||Astros||pi sp||2019||26.2|
|18||John Smoltz||Braves||pi sp||1996||26.1|
|18||Clayton Kershaw||Dodgers||pi sp||2011||26.1|
|20||Roger Clemens||Blue Jays||pi sp||1998||25.8|
|20||Corey Kluber||Indians||pi sp||2014||25.8|
|22||Johan Santana||Twins||pi sp||2006||25.7|
|22||Clayton Kershaw||Dodgers||pi sp||2015||25.7|
|22||Max Scherzer||Nationals||pi sp||2016||25.7|
|25||Cliff Lee||Phillies||pi sp||2011||25.4|
|26||Chris Sale||Red Sox||pi sp||2017||25.1|
|26||Max Scherzer||Nationals||pi sp||2018||25.1|
|28||Max Scherzer||Nationals||pi sp||2017||25.0|
Scherzer is the eighth player this season with 15 or more Box-Toppers points and it is his seventh straight season with 15 or more points. He has five straight seasons with 20 or more points (2014-2018). His highest single-season point total is 25.7 in 2016 with the Nationals, first among all players.
This is Scherzer’s first Box-Toppers point in more than two months. He last earned Player of the Game honors July 6, which was his seventh straight start earning Player of the Game honors. He earned 13.4 of his 15.4 total points from June 2 to July 6.
Scherzer now has 197.2 career Box-Toppers points, eighth among all players since 1995, when player tracking began. He trails seventh-ranked player Albert Pujols of the Angels (200.8). Scherzer ranks sixth among active players in career points.
Clevinger—Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger (6.1IP 4H 2R 2BB 7K W in the 5-2 win over the Twins) now has 15.4 Box-Toppers points on the season, rising to eighth place among all players and fifth among AL pitchers.
Clevinger is the ninth player this season with 15 or more Box-Toppers points. It’s his first season with 15 points. His previous high was 2018 with the Indians, when he had 13.7 Box-Toppers points, 14th among AL pitchers.
Scoring—Cole 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. Torres and Suarez each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
|MLB||+20.0||HOU 21, SEA 1||Gerrit Cole (W, 16‑5)||‑||‑||‑||‑||8.0||1||1||1||0||15|
|NL||+12.0||STL 2, PIT 0||Jack Flaherty (W, 10‑7)||‑||‑||‑||‑||8.0||5||0||0||1||10|
|+11.0||MIA 9, KC 0||Sandy Alcantara (W, 5‑12)||‑||‑||‑||‑||9.0||4||0||0||2||8|
|+11.0||OAK 3, DET 1||Sean Manaea (W, 1‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||2||1||1||2||10|
|+9.0||WSH 9, ATL 4||Max Scherzer (W, 10‑5)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||2||1||1||2||9|
|+9.0||LAD 5, SF 0||Kenta Maeda (W, 9‑8)||‑||‑||‑||‑||4.0||1||0||0||0||6|
|BAT||+4.0||NYY 10, BOS 5||Gleyber Torres 2B||5||2||3||4||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+4.0||TEX 10, BAL 4||Nick Solak DH||4||1||3||4||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+4.0||TB 8, TOR 3||Avisail Garcia RF||4||2||3||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|BAT||+4.0||CIN 4, ARI 3||Eugenio Suarez 3B||4||2||3||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+4.0||MIL 8, CHC 5||Tyler Austin PH||1||1||1||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.2||CHW 5, LAA 1||Josh Osich (W, 2‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||2.2||1||0||0||0||2|
|+3.1||CLE 5, MIN 2||Mike Clevinger (W, 11‑2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.1||4||2||2||2||7|
|+3.0||SD 2, COL 1 (F/10)||Craig Stammen (W, 8‑7)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|+2.0||PHI 10, NYM 7||Phil Gosselin PH||1||1||1||1||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
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 playersHere 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||26.2||44.2||82.4||87.1||+8.2|
|Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||15.4||40.5||134.3||197.2||-9.7|
|Clevinger, Mike 3707||pi sp||cle al||15.4||29.1||43.5||43.5||+1.7|
|Flaherty, Jack 3971||pi sp||stl nl||13.1||26.2||26.2||26.2||0.0|
|Torres, Gleyber 3972||ss 2b||nyy al||12.0||13.5||13.5||13.5||+10.5|
|Maeda, Kenta 3609||pi sp||lad nl||8.7||19.4||39.4||39.4||-2.0|
|Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||6.0||13.5||31.0||31.0||-1.5|
|Alcantara, Sandy 4061||pi sp||fla nl||4.7||6.4||6.4||6.4||+3.0|
|Garcia, Avisail 3256||rf||tb al||3.5||4.5||21.2||22.2||+2.5|
|Solak, Nick 4227||dh 2b||tex al||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||+3.0|
|Stammen, Craig 2506||pi cp mr||sd nl||2.0||7.0||10.0||20.0||-3.0|
|Osich, Josh 3677||pi cp mr||chi al||2.0||2.0||4.0||4.0||+2.0|
|Manaea, Sean 3637||pi sp||oak al||1.0||9.7||23.8||23.8||-7.7|
|Austin, Tyler 3732||dh 1b ph||mil nl||1.0||2.0||4.0||4.0||0.0|
|Gosselin, Philip 3398||2b ph||phi nl||1.0||1.0||4.0||4.0||+1.0|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.