Box-Toppers picks Astros’ Gerrit Cole for AL Cy Young & MVP: A look at our postseason awards ballot

Box-Toppers is casting a vote for the American League Cy Young Award to Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole.

We are also casting our vote for AL Most Valuable Player to … Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole.

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Red Sox’ Chris Sale tops players for Thursday, Aug. 8, reaching 10 Box-Toppers points for 8th straight season

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, reaching 10 Box-Toppers points for the eighth straight season.

Sale struck out 13 over eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the Angels.

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Marlins’ Caleb Smith tops players for Tuesday, July 23; Nationals’ Strasburg rises to 6th in player rankings

Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Tuesday, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg rises to sixth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

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Red Sox’ Sale tops players for Thursday, July 18; Nationals’ Strasburg rises to 7th in player rankings

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Thursday, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after becoming the sixth pitcher this season to earn Player of the Game honors for batting. Strasburg is Thursday’s National League Player of the Day.

Plus, Alex Bregman of the Astros rises to lead American League batters in 2019 Box-Toppers points after earning AL Batter of the Day honors Thursday.

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Box-Toppers 2013-18 All-Star teams

The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for 2013-18 consist of the best players over the past six seasons, which includes 11 of the 27 players who are also on Box-Toppers 2017-18 All-Star teams.

Also, among the 27 players on the teams, there are five players who are on Box-Toppers 2018 All-Star teams and four who are on All-Star teams over all three time spans—for 2018, for 2017-18 and for 2013-18.

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Box-Toppers 2017-18 All-Star teams

The Box-Toppers All-Star teams for 2017-18 consist of the best players at each position in each league over those previous two seasons.

Among the 27 players included on the American and National League teams are 15 who are also on Box-Toppers 2018 All-Star teams (those players are denoted in the chart above with an asterisk).

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Cubs’ Yu Darvish tops players for Saturday, June 15; Indians’ Bieber rises to 9th in player rankings

Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Saturday, Indians pitcher Shane Bieber rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

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Red Sox’ Chris Sale tops players for Wednesday, June 5; Rays’ Morton rises to 3rd in player rankings

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Wednesday, Rays pitcher Charlie Morton rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

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Cubs’ Hendricks tops players for Tuesday, May 14, rises to 4th; Dodgers’ Bellinger rises to 2nd in player rankings

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to fourth place in season player rankings.

Also Tuesday, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings—first place among National League players—after earning Player of the Game honors.

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Red Sox’ Chris Sale tops players for Wednesday, May 8; Diamondbacks’ Ray tops NL players

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Sale struck out 14 over eight innings, allowing one run, three hits and no walks, in the 2-1, 12-inning win over the Orioles. Sale did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision because the game was tied, 1-1, when he exited.

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Rays’ Tyler Glasnow tops players for Friday, May 3, rises to lead Box-Toppers player rankings

Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to take the lead in season player rankings.

Also Friday, two other players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 list after earning Player of the Game honors—Brewers pitcher Josh Hader rises to fifth place and Ketel Marte of the Diamondbacks rises to ninth place.

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Box-Toppers top 10 players in 2018 includes 8 AL pitchers; WAR top 10 has none

American League pitchers occupied eight of the top 10 spots in Box-Toppers’ 2018 season player rankings. But there were no AL pitchers among the top 10 in baseball’s Wins Above Replacement statistic.

AL teams dominated baseball in 2018 with three of its teams winning 100 or more games (Red Sox, Astros and Yankees), the Red Sox cruised to a relatively easy World Series win and it was AL pitchers who most helped those teams win all those games.

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7 of top 10 strikeout leaders for 2018 are also among top 10 in season Box-Toppers points

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who led National League players in Box-Toppers points in 2018, led all pitchers in strikeouts in 2018.

In fact, seven of the overall top 10-ranked players in 2018 Box-Toppers points are among the top 10 season strikeout leaders. And all 10 strikeout leaders rank among the top 17 players in 2018 Box-Toppers points.

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Twins’ Jose Berrios tops players in Thursday, March 28's opening day games

Twins pitcher Jose Berrios is Box-Toppers Player of the Day in Thursday’s Opening Day games.

Berrios struck out 10 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 2-0 win over the Indians.

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Wins leader Blake Snell also led players in Box-Toppers points in 2018

Blake Snell of the Rays, who led all pitchers in wins in 2018 with 21, also led all players in Box-Toppers points during the season with 27.2.

Six of the overall top 11 players in Box-Toppers points in 2018 are also among the top 11 pitchers in wins for the season. Plus, all 11 pitchers leading in wins are among the overall top 40 players in Box-Toppers points for the season.

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