Cubs’ Cole Hamels tops players for Friday, April 12, rises to 15th on Box-Toppers career points list

Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to 15th place in career Box-Toppers points since 1995.

Hamels struck out six over eight innings, allowing one run, four hits and no walks, in the 5-1 win over the Angels.

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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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A look at Box-Toppers season-by-season AL & NL pitching & batting leaders, 1995-2018

Analyzing 24 years of Box-Toppers points leaders in pitching & batting in both leagues

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Max Scherzer leads players in Box-Toppers points since start of 2013

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer leads players in Box-Toppers points since the start of 2013.

Scherzer has 137.0 Box-Toppers points over the period 2013-2018, just 2.6 points ahead of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has 134.4 points over that span.

In fact, Scherzer unseats Kershaw from atop the six-year rolling Box-Toppers point total, a spot Kershaw has held at the end of each season since 2013, five straight seasons.

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Kyle Freeland tops players as Rockies beat Cubs in NL Wild Card Game

Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day in the National League Wild Card Game.

Freeland struck out six over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 2-1, 13-inning win over the Cubs, as the Rockies advance to the NL Division Series Thursday against the Brewers.

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Colorado Rockies face the Chicago Cubs in NL Wild Card Game Tuesday

The Colorado Rockies visit the Chicago Cubs  in the National League one-game Wild Card playoff game Tuesday.

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Mets’ Jason Vargas tops players for Thursday, Sept. 27; Yankees’ Sabathia becomes 4th to reach 200 career Box-Toppers points

Mets pitcher Jason Vargas is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Meanwhile, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia becomes the fourth player to reach 200 career Box-Toppers points (since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995) after earning American League Player of the Day honors Thursday.

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Cubs’ Jon Lester tops players for Saturday, Sept. 15; Blue Jays’ Reid-Foley tops AL players

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Lester struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, in the 1-0 win over the Reds.

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Mets’ Jose Bautista tops players for Thursday, Aug. 16; Rays’ Snell tops AL players

Jose Bautista of the Mets is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Bautista hit a grand slam and doubled, going 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in seven runs, in the 24-4 win over the Phillies.

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Indians’ Carlos Carrasco tops players for Wednesday, Aug. 1; Nationals’ Milone tops NL players

Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Carrasco struck out 10 over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 2-0 win over the Twins.

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Nationals’ Tanner Roark tops players for Wednesday, July 25; Indians’ Bauer rises to 10th in player rankings

Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Wednesday, Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer rises to 10th place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

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Mariners’ James Paxton is Box-Toppers’ most deserving player not selected to 2018 All-Star Game

Mariners pitcher James Paxton is the most deserving player not selected to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star teams.

Paxton has 14.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, fifth among all players and fourth among American League pitchers.

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Box-Toppers career points top 10 has most active players on list in 10 years, with Scherzer’s rise

With Max Scherzer’s rise into Box-Toppers career points top 10 list this month, there are now six active players in the top 10, the most since 2008, when there were eight.

Scherzer, the Nationals pitcher, became the 10th-ranked player on Box-Toppers “all-time” list on June 5 with 172.1 career points, passing Roy Halladay (170.7). Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.

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Yankees’ Domingo German tops players for Tuesday, June 19; Twins’ Berrios maintains 3rd place in player rankings

Yankees pitcher Domingo German is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Tuesday, Twins pitcher Jose Berrios maintains his third-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

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Cardinals’ Michael Wacha tops players for Sunday, June 3; Mariners’ Hernandez tops AL players

Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Wacha struck out eight over eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks, in the 5-0 win over the Pirates. Wacha had a no-hitter intact until giving up his first and only hit in the ninth inning.

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Red Sox' Chris Sale tops players for Tuesday, May 22

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

Sale struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned), four hits and two walks, in the 4-2 win over the Rays.

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Mets' Jacob deGrom tops players for Friday, May 18; Astros' Morton rises to 3rd in player rankings

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Friday, Astros pitcher Charlie Morton rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

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