Indians’ Corey Kluber tops players for Wednesday, June 20, rises to 6th in player rankings

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Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to sixth 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 June 20:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 15.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 14.7
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 12.4
4 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 11.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.0
6 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 10.7
7 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
8 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 9.7
9 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 9.0
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 8.7
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Kluber struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 12-0 win over the White Sox.

Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.7 for the season, rising from ninth to sixth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings, fifth among American League pitchers. 

He also becomes the seventh player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is the fifth straight year Kluber has reached 10 points.

National League Player of the Day—Ryan McMahon of the Rockies hit a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer in the fifth inning in the 10-8 win over the Mets.

This was McMahon’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. McMahon made his Major League debut Aug. 12, 2017, and was playing in his 64th career game. He is the 4,004th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

American League Batter of the Day—Matt Olson of the Athletics homered and went 2-for-3, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 12-4 win over the Padres.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Wednesday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Ryan McMahon.

Notable—Jose Altuve of the Astros earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for the third time this season, already more than the twice he earned the honor in 2017.

Altuve (2HR 2B 3-4 2R 2BI in the 5-1 win over the Rays) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point and now has 3.5 for the season, 23rd among AL batters and third among Astros batters. In 2017, the season in which he won AL Most Valuable Player honors, he only earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors twice, earning only 2.5 points for the season, 90th among AL batters.

Quite simply, he was rarely the Astros player who was the most key to helping the team win its games in 2017. While AL MVP voters saw him as the league’s key batter for the season, by Box-Toppers’ measures he ranked 11th among Astros batters. Here’s a comprehensive look at why Box-Toppers rated Altuve so lowly in 2017.

However, in 2016, Altuve, with similar batting statistics, had 12.5 Box-Toppers points and ranked third among AL batters.

Scoring—Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and McMahon earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Olson earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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)

6/20 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 12.0 CLE 12, CHW 0 Corey Kluber (W, 11‑3) 7.0 1 0 0 1 7
BAT 4.0 OAK 12, SD 4 Matt Olson 1B 3 3 2 2
NL 4.0 COL 10, NYM 8 Ryan McMahon PH 1 1 1 3
3.0 HOU 5, TB 1 Jose Altuve 2B 4 2 3 2
3.0 TOR 5, ATL 4 Kendrys Morales DH 3 2 2 2
3.0 `BAL 3, WSH 0 Andrew Cashner 4.0 3 0 0 0 2
2.0 NYY 7, SEA 5 Gary Sanchez C 3 1 2 2
1.2 PHI 4, STL 3 Edubray Ramos (W, 2‑0) 1.2 1 0 0 1 2
1.1 SF 6, MIA 5 Reyes Moronta (S, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1
1.0 CHC 4, LAD 0 Javier Baez SS‑2B 4 2 3 0
1.0 TEX 3, KC 2 Rougned Odor 2B 3 1 2 1
1.0 MIN 4, BOS 1 Max Kepler RF 3 1 1 2
1.0 CIN 5, DET 3 Adam Duvall PH‑LF 2 1 1 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 +/‑
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 10.7 32.7 98.1 98.1 -11.3
Olson, Matt 3836 1b oak al 4.2 5.7 5.7 5.7 +2.7
Sanchez, Gary 3701 ca nyy al 4.0 7.5 12.0 12.0 +0.5
Morales, Kendrys 2142 dh tor al 3.5 10.0 29.7 49.2 -3.0
Altuve, Jose 3007 2b hou al 3.5 6.0 31.5 35.0 +1.0
Baez, Javier 3395 2b ss 3b chi nl 2.5 7.7 12.2 12.2 -2.7
Duvall, Adam 3573 lf ph cin nl 2.5 7.0 15.0 15.0 -2.0
Kepler, Max 3664 rf min al 2.0 3.5 10.0 10.0 +0.5
Cashner, Andrew 2807 pi sp bal al 2.0 3.0 28.4 33.4 +1.0
Moronta, Reyes 3944 pi mr cp sf nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
McMahon, Ryan 4004 ph col nl 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 +1.7
Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 1.0 9.7 20.7 20.7 -7.7
Ramos, Edubray 3901 pi mr cp phi nl 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
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