Astros' Charlie Morton tops players for Monday, April 30, rising to 5th in player rankings

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Astros pitcher Charlie Morton is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fifth place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of April 30:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 7.7
2 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
3 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 7.0
4 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.7
5 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 6.4
6 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 6.0
7 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 5.7
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.4
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7
10 McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 4.7
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Morton struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run, two hits and two walks, in the 2-1 win over the Yankees.

Morton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.4 for the season. With his rise to fifth place, Astros pitchers again occupy four of the top 10 spots in Box-Toppers season player rankings:

  • Gerrit Cole ranks third with 7.0 Box-Toppers points.

  • Morton ranks fifth with 6.4.

  • Justin Verlander ranks ninth with 4.7.

  • Lance McCullers Jr. ranks 10th with 4.7.

The four were also among the top 10 Saturday but Morton fell to 11th Sunday before rising to fifth Monday.

Morton now ranks third among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Brewers closing pitcher Josh Hader struck out eight over 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing no hits, one walk and picking up the save, in the 6-5 win over the Reds.

National League Batter of the Day—Brian W. Anderson of the Marlins homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-4 win over the Phillies.

This was Anderson’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Anderson made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 2017, and was playing in his 53rd career game. He is the 3,954th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

American League Batter of the Day—Mitch Moreland of the Red Sox homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 10-6 win over the Royals.

Notable—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke now has 178.2 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Monday. He ranks eighth among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.

Greinke (6IP 4H 2R BB 10K W in the 8-5 win over the Dodgers) now trails seventh-ranked Alex Rodriguez (187.0) on the “all-time” list. He ranks fourth among active players in career points. He has 2.0 Box-Toppers points on the season.

Debut—In addition to Anderson, Cubs pitcher Luke Farrell also made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Farrell (1.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K W in the 3-2 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut July 1, 2017, and was playing in his 13th career game. He is the 3,955th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Morton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hader earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Anderson and Moreland each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)
 
4/30 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.2 HOU 2, NYY 1 Charlie Morton (W, 4‑0) 7.2 2 1 1 2 10
10.0 TB 3, DET 2 Jake Faria (W, 2‑1) 8.0 3 0 0 1 6
NL 9.2 MIL 6, CIN 5 Josh Hader (S, 4) 2.2 0 0 0 1 8
7.0 ARI 8, LAD 5 Zack Greinke (W, 3‑2) 6.0 4 2 2 1 10
6.2 `CLE 7, TEX 5 Trevor Bauer 6.2 4 2 2 3 11
BAT 5.0 MIA 8, PHI 4 Brian Anderson (RF) 4 2 3 4
BAT 4.0 BOS 10, KC 6 Mitch Moreland (1B) 4 3 3 2
3.1 CHC 3, COL 2 Luke Farrell (W, 1‑0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
2.0 SF 6, SD 5 Nick Hundley (PH) 1 0 1 2
1.0 WSH 3, PIT 2 Brandon Kintzler (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
0.0 TOR 7, MIN 5 Yangervis Solarte (3B) 5 1 3 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 +/‑
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 6.4 14.1 30.8 41.8 -1.3
Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mr mil nl 2.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 -0.3
Moreland, Mitch 2799 1b dh bos al 2.5 7.5 23.2 26.2 -2.5
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 2.0 22.1 88.4 178.2 -18.1
Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 2.0 11.7 39.2 41.2 -7.7
Faria, Jacob 3816 pi sp tb al 2.0 6.7 6.7 6.7 -2.7
Hundley, Nick 2497 ca ph sf nl 2.0 6.5 16.0 29.0 -2.5
Solarte, Yangervis 3304 3b tor al 2.0 5.0 14.0 14.0 -1.0
Anderson, Brian W. 3954 rf fla nl 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Kintzler, Brandon 3150 pi cp dc nl 1.0 7.0 9.0 9.0 -5.0
Farrell, Luke 3955 pi mr chi nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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