Indians’ Mike Clevinger tops players for Thursday, June 14; Braves’ Sanchez tops NL players

Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Clevinger struck out 11 over seven innings, allowing two runs, five hits and one walk, in the 5-2 win over the White Sox.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of June 14:  
 

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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Clevinger earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.0 for the season, 19th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Braves pitcher Anibal Sanchez struck out six over seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 4-2 win over the Padres.

Sanchez had a Box-Toppers game score of +9.0, the same as Mike Clevinger, but Clevinger held the tiebreaker advantage to win overall Player of the Day because he had more strikeouts (11 vs. six).

National League Batter of the Day—David Peralta of the Diamondbacks hit two home runs and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 6-3 win over the Mets.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no AL Batter of the Day for Thursday because no AL batter earned Player of the Game honors.

Notable—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander now has 162.7 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Verlander (7IP 5H 3R 0BB 7K W in the 7-3 win over the Athletics) ranks 15th among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 14th-ranked player Roger Clemens (164.8). (It should be noted that Clemens would have an estimated 320 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1984 were tracked.) Verlander ranks seventh among active players in career points.

Verlander also has 8.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, most among the nine who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday. He ranks 11th in season player rankings, eighth among AL pitchers.

Also notable—Red Sox pitcher David Price now has 117.3 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Price (7IP 5H R 0BB 7K W in the 2-1 win over the Mariners) rises to 45th place in career points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Thursday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Todd Helton (116.4) and Mark Buehrle (116.7). Price now trails 44th-ranked player Barry Zito (117.4).

Price has 6.4 Box-Toppers points for the season, 14th among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Clevinger earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Sanchez earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Peralta earns 1.5 points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

6/14 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 9.0 CLE 5, CHW 2 Mike Clevinger (W, 5‑2) 7.0 5 2 1 1 11
NL 9.0 ATL 4, SD 2 Anibal Sanchez (W, 3‑0) 7.0 4 0 0 0 6
7.0 BOS 2, SEA 1 David Price (W, 8‑4) 7.0 5 1 1 0 7
5.2 PHI 9, COL 3 Vince Velasquez (W, 5‑7) 6.2 1 2 2 2 6
BAT 3.0 ARI 6, NYM 3 David Peralta LF 3 2 2 2
3.0 HOU 7, OAK 3 Justin Verlander (W, 9‑2) 7.0 5 3 3 0 7
3.0 DET 3, MIN 1 Michael Fulmer (W, 3‑5) 7.0 5 1 1 1 4
3.0 NYY 4, TB 3 Domingo German (W, 1‑4) 6.0 5 3 3 2 10
  0.2 SF 6, MIA 3 (F/16) Ty Blach (W, 4‑5) 6.2 7 0 0 2 3
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 +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 8.7 23.4 58.5 162.7 -6.0
Price, David 2593 pi sp bos al 6.4 11.1 71.4 117.3 +1.7
Velasquez, Vince 3611 pi sp phi nl 5.7 6.7 14.7 14.7 +4.7
Sanchez, Anibal 2187 pi sp atl nl 5.4 7.4 32.9 72.7 +3.4
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 5.0 16.4 19.4 19.4 -6.4
German, Domingo 3957 pi mr nyy al 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Peralta, David 3370 lf ari nl 4.5 6.5 18.4 18.4 +2.5
Blach, Ty 3754 pi sp mr sf nl 2.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 0.0
Fulmer, Michael 3640 pi sp det al 1.0 6.7 19.4 19.4 -4.7
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