Rockies' Jon Gray tops players for Wednesday, April 25; Astros' Verlander tops AL players

Rockies pitcher Jon Gray is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of April 25:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.7
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 6.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 6.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 6.0
6 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.4
7 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7
8 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 4.7
9 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 4.4
10 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 4.2
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Also Wednesday, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors. Plus, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox rises to 10th place in player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Gray struck out 11 over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 5-2 win over the Padres.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander struck out nine over seven innings, allowing two runs, four hits and no walks, in the 5-2 win over the Angels.

Verlander earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 4.7 points for the season, rising to seventh place in season player rankings. He ranks fourth among AL pitchers.

Verlander also now has 158.7 career Box-Toppers points, 16th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 15th-ranked player John Smoltz (160.9). (It should be noted Smoltz would have an estimated 255 career points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked).

National League Batter of the Day—Matt Adams of the Nationals hit a three-run homer and doubled, going 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in six runs, in the 15-2 win over the Giants.

American League Batter of the Day—Nicholas Castellanos of the Tigers homered and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 13-10 win over the Pirates.

Rankings—Mookie Betts of the Red Sox rises to 10th place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Betts (2HR 2-5 2R 3BI in the 4-3 win over the Blue Jays) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 4.2 for the season. He rises to first place among AL batters, passing previous leader and teammate Hanley Ramirez (3.5).

Debuts—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Wednesday, the first time in their careers they earned Player of the Game honors:

  • Marlins pitcher Trevor Richards (4.2IP H 0R 3BB 10K ND in the 8-6 win over the Dodgers) made his Major League debut April 2 and was playing in his fifth career game. He is the 3,945th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Braves pitcher A.J. Minter (1IP 0H 0R 0BB K Sv in the 8-4 win over the Reds) made his Major League debut Aug. 23, 2017, and was playing in his 28th career game. He is the 3,946th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Gray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Verlander earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Adams and Castellanos each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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)
 
4/25 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 COL 5, SD 2 Jon Gray (W, 2‑4) 6.0 3 0 0 1 11
10.2 `MIA 8, LAD 6 Trevor Richards 4.2 1 0 0 3 10
AL 8.0 HOU 5, LAA 2 Justin Verlander (W, 4‑0) 7.0 4 2 2 0 9
BAT 6.0 WSH 15, SF 2 Matt Adams (1B) 5 2 3 6
6.0 STL 9, NYM 1 Michael Wacha (W, 4‑1) 6.0 5 1 1 1 8
5.2 CLE 4, CHC 1 Trevor Bauer (W, 2‑2) 6.2 4 1 1 3 8
BAT 5.0 DET 13, PIT 10 Nicholas Castellanos (RF) 5 2 4 4
4.0 `SEA 4, CHW 3 Juan Nicasio (H, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
3.1 TEX 4, OAK 2 Jesse Chavez (W, 1‑0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
3.0 PIT 8, DET 3 Jose Osuna (RF) 4 2 2 3
3.0 NYY 7, MIN 4 Didi Gregorius (SS) 3 1 3 2
2.0 BOS 4, TOR 3 Mookie Betts (RF) 5 2 2 3
2.0 ATL 5, CIN 4 A.J. Minter (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
1.0 TB 8, BAL 4 Joey Wendle (2B) 5 1 3 2
1.0 PHI 5, ARI 3 Cesar Hernandez (2B) 4 2 3 0
1.0 MIL 6, KC 2 Domingo Santana (RF) 2 2 0 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 Players of the Game. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (’18). also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’17-18), the period 2013-2018 (’13-18) and each players’ career point total. also shown is how their 2018 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2017 total (+/-).
 
Player of Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7 19.4 54.5 158.7 -10.0
Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 4.2 10.2 21.4 21.4 -1.8
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 3.0 7.7 14.7 14.7 -1.7
Gregorius, Didi 3184 ss nyy al 3.0 5.0 11.5 11.5 1.0
Wacha, Michael 3276 pi sp stl nl 2.0 9.0 28.7 28.7 -5.0
Adams, Matt 3220 1b dc nl 1.5 8.0 17.5 17.5 -5.0
Castellanos, Nicholas 3349 rf 3b det al 1.5 6.0 19.7 19.7 -3.0
Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 1.0 10.7 38.2 40.2 -8.7
Santana, Domingo 3507 rf mil nl 1.0 7.0 8.5 8.5 -5.0
Chavez, Jesse 2780 pi sp tex al 1.0 5.0 24.1 25.1 -3.0
Nicasio, Juan 2888 pi mr sea al 1.0 4.0 25.4 29.4 -2.0
Hernandez, Cesar 3770 2b phi nl 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Osuna, Jose 3795 rf pit nl 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Wendle, Joey 3756 2b tb al 1.0 2.0 3.5 3.5 0.0
Minter, A.J. 3946 pi cp atl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Richards, Trevor 3945 pi sp fla nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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