Royals' Scott Barlow tops players for Tuesday, May 29; Phillies’ Arrieta tops NL players

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Royals pitcher Scott Barlow is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, making his Box-Toppers debut.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of May 29:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 11.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 10.7
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
4 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.0
5 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 9.4
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 9.0
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 8.0
8 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 7.7
9 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 7.7
10 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 7.7
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Barlow struck out five over four scoreless extra innings, as he closed the game, allowing no hits and one walk, in the 2-1, 14-inning win over the Twins.

This was Barlow’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Barlow made his Major League debut April 30 and was playing in his third career game. He is the 3,981st player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

National League Player of the Day—Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta struck out five over seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits and two walks, in the 6-1 win over the Dodgers.

Arrieta had the seventh-best Box-Toppers game score (+4.0) among Tuesday’s 15 Player of the Game winners, but still earned NL Player of the Day honors because the six players with better game scores were all from the American League.

American League Batter of the Day—Ian Kinsler of the Angels hit a three-run homer and doubled, going 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 9-2 win over the Tigers.

Kinsler had a Box-Toppers game score of +6.0, which was higher than the game score of Jake Arrieta (+4.0), who is Tuesday’s NL Player of the Day. Despite Kinsler’s higher Box-Toppers game score, he earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day while Arrieta earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day.

National League Batter of the Day—David Dahl of the Rockies hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the 11-4 win over the Giants.

Notable—Rays pitcher Blake Snell has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points of any of the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Snell (5.2IP 2H R 0ER 2BB 7K W in the 4-3 win over the Athletics) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.0 for the season. He ranks 11th in Box-Toppers season player rankings, eighth among AL pitchers.

Also notable—Charlie Culberson of the Braves earned Player of the Game honors for the second day in a row Tuesday.

Culberson (2-3 2R BI in the 7-6 win over the Mets) was also Player of the Game Monday in the 4-3 win over the Mets. He has 2.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, both earned in the past two days.

Debut—Francisco Pena of the Cardinals made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Pena (HR 3-4 2R BI in the 6-1 win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut May 20, 2014, and was playing in his 50th career game. He is the 3,982nd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Barlow earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Arrieta earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Kinsler and Dahl each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

5/29 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 8.0 KC 2, MIN 1 (F/14) Scott Barlow (W, 1‑0) 4.0 0 0 0 1 5
7.2 TB 4, OAK 3 Blake Snell (W, 7‑3) 5.2 2 1 0 2 7
BAT 6.0 LAA 9, DET 2 Ian Kinsler 2B 3 3 3 3
5.2 CLE 7, CHW 3 Mike Clevinger (W, 4‑2) 6.2 4 1 1 2 7
4.0 NYY 6, HOU 5 (F/10) Brett Gardner LF 5 2 4 3
4.0 BOS 8, TOR 3 Sandy Leon C 4 2 3 3
NL 4.0 PHI 6, LAD 1 Jake Arrieta (W, 5‑2) 7.0 6 0 0 2 5
3.0 TEX 9, SEA 5 Ronald Guzman 1B 4 0 4 3
BAT 3.0 COL 11, SF 4 David Dahl PH 1 1 1 2
3.0 `WSH 3, BAL 2 Justin Miller 1.0 1 0 0 0 3
2.0 STL 6, MIL 1 Francisco Pena C 4 2 3 1
2.0 SD 9, MIA 5 Eric Hosmer 1B 4 2 3 1
2.0 ATL 7, NYM 6 Charlie Culberson LF 3 2 2 1
2.0 ARI 5, CIN 2 Brad Boxberger (S, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
1.0 CHC 8, PIT 6 Ben Zobrist 2B‑LF 5 2 2 2
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 Player of the Game winners. 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 the Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 7.0 12.0 16.0 16.0 2.0
Arrieta, Jake 2738 pi sp phi nl 4.7 11.4 75.9 86.9 -2.0
Kinsler, Ian 2144 2b ana al 3.5 5.0 28.0 67.1 2.0
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 3.0 14.4 17.4 17.4 -8.4
Guzman, Ronald 3978 1b tex al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
Gardner, Brett 2486 cf lf nyy al 2.0 3.7 10.7 22.2 0.3
Zobrist, Ben 2216 lf 1b rf 2b chi nl 2.0 2.0 12.0 34.0 2.0
Culberson, Charlie 3324 lf ph atl nl 2.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 2.0
Barlow, Scott 3981 pi cp kc al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Dahl, David 3714 cf ph col nl 1.5 1.5 2.5 2.5 1.5
Hosmer, Eric 2886 1b sd nl 1.0 10.5 37.0 41.5 -8.5
Leon, Sandy 3676 ca bos al 1.0 4.5 7.5 7.5 -2.5
Boxberger, Brad 3111 pi cp mr ari nl 1.0 2.0 13.0 14.0 0.0
Miller, Justin 1604 pi mr dc nl 1.0 1.0 4.0 9.0 1.0
Pena, Francisco 3982 ca stl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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