Rangers’ Mike Minor tops players for Wednesday, June 27; Red Sox’ Martinez rises to lead AL batter rankings

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Rangers pitcher Mike Minor is Wednesday’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 27:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 15.7
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 13.4
4 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 12.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
6 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 11.0
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 10.7
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 10.0
10 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 9.7
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Also Wednesday, J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox rises to lead American League batters in 2018 Box-Toppers points after earning AL Batter of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Minor struck out five over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks, in the 5-2 win over the Padres.

Minor earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 51st among AL pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struck out eight over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, in the 1-0 win over the Rockies. Bumgarner picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the game was in a scoreless tie when he exited.

Bumgarner had a Box-Toppers game score of +11.0, same as Minor’s, but Minor edged out Bumgarner for overall Player of the Day since he earned the win in his game, while Bumgarner picked up the no-decision.

Bumgarner earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 111.4 career points, rising to 57th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Wednesday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (110.1) and Tom Glavine (110.6). (It should be noted that if Glavine’s entire career from 1987 were tracked, he’d have an estimated 170 career Box-Toppers points.) Bumgarner now trails 56th-ranked player Kevin Brown (112.8).

Bumgarner has 3.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 43rd among NL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 9-6 win over the Angels.

Martinez earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season, most among the 14 who earned Player of the Game honors Wednesday. Martinez rises to first place in Box-Toppers points among AL batters, passing previous leader Nomar Mazara of the Rangers (7.0). (Though both Martinez and Mazara have 7.0 points for the season, Martinez ranks higher because he has more 2017 Box-Toppers points—5.5 vs. 5.0.) Martinez ranks 23rd among all players in 2018 points.

National League Batter of the Day—Joc Pederson of the Dodgers homered and went 1-for-3, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 7-5 win over the Cubs.

Notable—White Sox pitcher James Shields now has 104.4 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Shields (7IP 4H 0R 2BB 5K W in the 6-1 win over the Twins) rises to 69th place in career points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He passes two players on the “all-time” list—Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto (103.8) and Jamie Moyer (104.0). He now trails 68th-ranked player Scott Kazmir (105.1).

Shields has 3.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 50th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Reds pitcher Jackson Stephens made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Stephens (1.2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K W in the 6-5 win over the Braves) made his Major League debut July 1, 2017, and was playing in his 18th career game. He is the 4,009th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Minor earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bumgarner earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Martinez and Pederson 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)

6/27 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 TEX 5, SD 2 Mike Minor (W, 6‑4) 7.0 1 0 0 0 5
NL 11.0 `SF 1, COL 0 Madison Bumgarner 7.0 2 0 0 2 8
8.0 ARI 2, MIA 1 Robbie Ray (W, 3‑0) 6.0 2 0 0 2 6
7.0 PHI 3, NYY 0 Zac Eflin (W, 6‑2) 7.0 4 0 0 2 6
6.0 CHW 6, MIN 1 James Shields (W, 3‑9) 7.0 4 0 0 2 5
4.0 KC 5, MIL 4 Danny Duffy (W, 4‑7) 6.0 5 1 1 2 7
4.0 OAK 3, DET 0 Chris Bassitt (W, 1‑3) 6.0 2 0 0 5 5
3.2 CIN 6, ATL 5 Jackson Stephens (W, 2‑0) 1.2 0 0 0 0 2
BAT 3.0 BOS 9, LAA 6 J.D. Martinez DH 4 2 2 3
3.0 PIT 5, NYM 3 Felipe Vazquez (W, 3‑2) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
2.0 HOU 7, TOR 6 Alex Bregman 3B 5 2 3 2
2.0 CLE 5, STL 1 Shane Bieber (W, 3‑0) 6.0 6 1 1 1 5
2.0 SEA 8, BAL 7 (F/11) Edwin Diaz (S, 30) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
BAT 1.0 LAD 7, CHC 5 Joc Pederson LF 3 1 1 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 +/‑
Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf dh bos al 7.0 12.5 25.7 29.7 +1.5
Duffy, Danny 2915 pi sp kc al 5.0 9.0 35.7 38.7 +1.0
Pederson, Joc 3621 lf cf lad nl 5.0 6.0 10.0 10.0 +4.0
Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 4.7 5.7 9.7 9.7 +3.7
Diaz, Edwin 3690 pi cp sea al 4.0 13.0 20.0 20.0 -5.0
Vazquez, Felipe 3579 pi cp pit nl 4.0 8.0 9.0 9.0 0.0
Bumgarner, Madison 2753 pi sp sf nl 3.7 5.7 74.0 111.4 +1.7
Bregman, Alex 3721 3b hou al 3.5 6.5 8.5 8.5 +0.5
Shields, James 2157 pi sp chi al 3.0 5.0 38.8 104.4 +1.0
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp mr cp tex al 3.0 5.0 21.4 32.1 +1.0
Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 +2.7
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 2.0 18.0 28.7 28.7 -14.0
Bassitt, Chris 3413 pi sp oak al 1.0 1.0 5.0 5.0 +1.0
Stephens, Jackson 4009 pi mr cin nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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