Braves’ Mike Soroka tops players for Wednesday, June 13; Red Sox’ Sale tops AL players

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Braves pitcher Mike Soroka is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Soroka pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, striking out four, in the 2-0 win over the Mets.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of June 13:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 15.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 13.7
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 11.4
4 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 11.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.0
6 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 9.0
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 8.7
9 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 8.7
10 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 8.7
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Soroka earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 49th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out nine over six innings, allowing one run, two hits and four walks, in the 5-1 win over the Orioles.

Sale earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day and now has 119.2 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 40th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Wednesday, he passes Cliff Lee (119.1) on the “all-time” list and now trails Gary Sheffield (124.1).

Sale also now has 7.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, most among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Wednesday. He ranks 12th in season player rankings, ninth among AL pitchers.

Sale led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 25.1. He now has 32.8 Box-Toppers points since the start of 2017, third-most among all players, behind Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (40.4) and Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (34.8).

American League Batter of the Day—Evan Gattis of the Astros hit two home runs and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 13-5 win over the Athletics.

This was the second straight day Gattis earned Player of the Game honors. He was also Player of the Game Tuesday in the win over the Athletics.

National League Batter of the Day—Juan Soto of the Nationals hit two home runs and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 5-4 win over the Yankees.

This was Soto’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Soto made his Major League debut May 20 and was playing in his 20th career game. He is the 3,994th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Debut—In addition to Soto, three other players made their Box-Toppers debut Wednesday each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Rays pitcher Diego Castillo (2IP H 0R 0BB 2K W in the 1-0 win over the Blue Jays) made his Major League debut June 6 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 3,995th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Dodgers pitcher Edward Paredes (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K ND in the 3-2, 11-inning win over the Rangers) made his Major League debut July 24, 2017, and was playing in his 15th career game. He is the 3,996th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Charlie Tilson of the White Sox (3B 2-3 R BI in the 3-2 win over the Indians) made his Major League debut Aug. 2, 2016, and was playing in his 20th career game. He is the 3,997th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Soroka earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Sale earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Gattis and Soto 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)

6/13 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 8.1 ATL 2, NYM 0 Mike Soroka (W, 2‑1) 6.1 1 0 0 1 4
AL 7.0 BOS 5, BAL 1 Chris Sale (W, 6‑4) 6.0 2 1 1 4 9
BAT 6.0 HOU 13, OAK 5 Evan Gattis DH 3 2 2 5
6.0 MIL 1, CHC 0 Jhoulys Chacin (W, 6‑1) 6.0 4 0 0 3 7
BAT 5.0 WSH 5, NYY 4 Juan Soto LF 3 2 2 4
5.0 COL 7, PHI 2 Tyler Anderson (W, 4‑1) 7.0 6 1 1 0 6
3.0 TB 1, TOR 0 Diego Castillo (W, 1‑0) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
3.0 DET 5, MIN 2 Shane Greene (S, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
3.0 `LAD 3, TEX 2 (F/11) Edward Paredes 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.1 CIN 7, KC 0 Tyler Mahle (W, 5‑6) 6.1 3 0 0 2 1
2.0 SEA 8, LAA 6 Ryon Healy 1B 4 2 3 1
2.0 PIT 5, ARI 4 Jordy Mercer SS 4 1 2 3
1.0 SD 4, STL 2 Manuel Margot CF 4 1 3 1
1.0 CHW 3, CLE 2 Charlie Tilson LF 3 1 2 1
  1.0 MIA 5, SF 4 Brian Anderson 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 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 +/‑
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 7.7 32.8 98.5 119.2 -17.4
Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp mil nl 5.0 16.4 27.8 44.2 -6.4
Anderson, Brian W. 3954 rf fla nl 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Mahle, Tyler 3929 pi sp cin nl 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Greene, Shane 3381 pi cp det al 4.0 6.0 19.0 19.0 +2.0
Gattis, Evan 3179 dh hou al 3.5 4.5 15.5 15.5 +2.5
Anderson, Tyler 3656 pi sp col nl 3.0 6.0 8.0 8.0 0.0
Soroka, Mike 3956 pi sp atl nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Healy, Ryon 3685 1b dh sea al 2.5 12.2 15.2 15.2 -7.2
Soto, Juan 3994 lf dc nl 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Margot, Manuel 3861 cf sd nl 1.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 -3.0
Mercer, Jordy 3206 ss pit nl 1.0 4.0 13.0 13.0 -2.0
Castillo, Diego 3995 pi cp tb al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Paredes, Edward 3996 pi mr lad nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Tilson, Charlie 3997 lf chi al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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