Astros’ Gerrit Cole tops players for Sunday, Sept. 8, regaining season player rankings lead

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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 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Sept. 8.
 
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 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 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
9/7 Justin Verlander hou al 24.8
9/8 Gerrit Cole hou al 26.2
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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 seasons

Randy 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.

Player Team Pos Year BTP
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
*Current season

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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

9/8 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
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
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 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
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