Dodgers’ Buehler tops players for Saturday, Aug. 3; Twins’ Cruz rises to lead AL batters in 2019 points

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Saturday, Nelson Cruz of the Twins rises to lead American League batters in 2019 Box-Toppers points after earning AL Batter of the Day 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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Royals’ Brad Keller tops players for Saturday, July 13; Mets’ Syndergaard tops NL players

Royals pitcher Brad Keller is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Saturday, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester earned Player of the Game honors for batting and rises to 12th place on Box-Toppers “all-time” career points list.

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Sabathia, Pujols join Giambi, Beltran earning Box-Toppers points in a record 19 straight seasons

In 2019, CC Sabathia and Albert Pujols have tied Box-Toppers’ record for the longest streak of consecutive seasons earning at least one Player of the Game honor.

Both Sabathia and Pujols this season have earned Box-Toppers points for their 19th straight season (from 2001 to 2019). That ties the record held by Jason Giambi (1995 to 2013) and Carlos Beltran (1999 to 2017).

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Cubs’ Hamels tops players for Friday, June 7; Astros’ Cole, Phillies’ Eflin rise in top 10 player rankings

Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Friday, two players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 list after earning Player of the Game honors—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to fifth place and Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin rises to 10th place.

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Athletics’ Mike Fiers, pitching a no-hitter, tops players for Tuesday, May 7

Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers, pitching a no-hitter, is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Fiers struck out eight and walked two, throwing 131 pitches over nine innings, in the 2-0 win over the Reds.

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Cubs’ Jon Lester tops players for Wednesday, May 1; Cardinals’ Ozuna rises to 4th in player rankings

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

Also Wednesday, Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

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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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