Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke tops players for Saturday, June 23; Indians’ Bauer rises to 10th in player rankings

Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of June 23:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.4
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 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 11.0
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.0
7 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 10.7
8 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
9 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 9.7
10 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 9.4
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Also Saturday, Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer rises to 10th place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Greinke struck out seven over six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 7-2 win over the Pirates.

Greinke earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 182.2 career points, eighth-most among all players since 1995 when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails seventh-ranked player Alex Rodriguez (187.0).

Greinke now has 6.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 13th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run, five hits and two walks, in the 4-1 win over the Tigers.

Bauer earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 9.4 for the season, rising to 10th place in season player rankings. He ranks seventh among AL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Brandon Crawford of the Giants tripled, hit two doubles and went 3-for-3, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 5-3 win over the Padres.

Crawford earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 7.5 for the season. He ranks second among NL batters in season Box-Toppers points, behind Eugenio Suarez of the Reds (7.5). (While both Suarez and Crawford have 7.5 points, Suarez ranks ahead because he has more 2017 points—3.5 vs. 1.7.

American League Batter of the Day—Mark Trumbo of the Orioles hit a grand slam, going 1-for-3, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 7-5 win over the Braves.

Notable—Anthony DeSclafani of the Reds becomes the second pitcher this season to earn Player of the Game honors for batting.

DeSclafani (GS 1-3 R 4BI in the 11-2 win over the Cubs) had a Box-Toppers game score of +3.0 for batting, best among Reds players. His game score for pitching was -1.9 (6.1IP 3H 2R 4BB 3K W).

He is the second pitcher to earn Player of the Game honors for batting in 2018. Brent Suter of the Brewers did it June 15. Pitchers earned Player of the Game honors for batting seven times in 2017.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Saturday with their first career Player of the Game honors:

Dodgers pitcher Caleb Ferguson (4IP 3H 0R BB 6K W in the 8-3 win over the Mets) made his Major League debut June 6 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 4,006th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Ferguson came on in relief for Clayton Kershaw, who was returning from more than three weeks on the disabled list. Kershaw, the active leader in career Box-Toppers points (209.8), threw 55 pitches and had a Box-Toppers game score of -3.0 (3IP 5H 3R BB 4K ND). Kershaw has 3.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 42nd among NL pitchers.

Also making his debut Saturday: Rays pitcher Wilmer Font (5.2IP 3H 0R BB 4K W in the 4-0 win over the Yankees) made his Major League debut Sept. 18, 2012, and was playing in his 26th career game. He is the 4,007th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Greinke earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bauer earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Crawford and Trumbo each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

6/23 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 ARI 7, PIT 2 Zack Greinke (W, 7‑5) 6.0 2 0 0 0 7
AL 8.1 CLE 4, DET 1 Trevor Bauer (W, 7‑5) 6.1 5 1 1 2 11
8.0 SEA 7, BOS 2 Mike Leake (W, 8‑4) 8.0 3 0 0 2 5
7.0 MIA 6, COL 2 Trevor Richards (W, 2‑4) 6.0 3 1 1 2 8
6.0 LAD 8, NYM 3 Caleb Ferguson (W, 1‑1) 4.0 3 0 0 1 6
5.2 TB 4, NYY 0 Wilmer Font (W, 1‑3) 5.2 3 0 0 1 4
5.2 OAK 7, CHW 6 Lou Trivino (W, 5‑1) (BS, 1) 1.2 0 0 0 0 4
BAT 4.0 SF 5, SD 3 Brandon Crawford SS 3 1 3 3
3.0 PHI 5, WSH 3 Maikel Franco 3B 4 2 4 1
3.0 STL 3, MIL 2 Yadier Molina C 4 2 2 3
BAT 3.0 BAL 7, ATL 5 Mark Trumbo RF 3 1 1 4
3.0 CIN 11, CHC 2 Anthony DeSclafani P 3 1 1 4
3.0 TEX 9, MIN 6 Robinson Chirinos C 3 2 1 3
3.0 TOR 4, LAA 1 Steve Pearce PH‑DH 2 1 1 3
3.0 `HOU 4, KC 3 (F/12) Lance McCullers 6.0 4 3 3 2 9
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 +/‑
Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 9.4 19.1 46.6 48.6 -0.3
Crawford, Brandon 2878 ss sf nl 7.5 9.2 20.7 25.7 +5.8
McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 6.7 16.1 28.9 28.9 -2.7
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 6.0 26.1 92.4 182.2 -14.1
Trivino, Lou 3939 pi mr cp oak al 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Franco, Maikel 3510 3b phi nl 4.0 6.7 14.4 14.4 +1.3
Leake, Mike 2709 pi sp sea al 3.0 8.7 39.4 53.3 -2.7
Trumbo, Mark 2851 dh rf bal al 2.5 4.5 23.7 38.4 +0.5
Chirinos, Robinson 2924 ca tex al 2.0 3.0 10.0 11.0 +1.0
Richards, Trevor 3945 pi sp fla nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Molina, Yadier 1967 last of 2004 ca stl nl 1.0 6.5 15.5 41.2 -4.5
Pearce, Steve 2371 dh lf ph tor al 1.0 6.5 18.0 22.5 -4.5
DeSclafani, Anthony 3441 pi sp cin nl 1.0 1.0 12.7 12.7 +1.0
Ferguson, Caleb 4006 pi mr lad nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Font, Wilmer 4007 pi sp tb al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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