Giants’ Andrew Suarez tops players for Saturday, June 2; Rangers’ Hamels tops AL players

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Giants pitcher Andrew Suarez is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Suarez struck out five over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 2-0 win over the Phillies.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of June 2:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 13.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 11.7
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
4 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.0
5 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 9.4
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 9.0
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 8.0
8 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 7.7
9 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 7.7
10 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 7.7
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American League Player of the Day—Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels struck out eight over seven innings, allowing two runs, five hits and one walk, in the 3-2 win over the Angels. Hamels picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the Rangers trailed when he exited.

Hamels earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 158.8 career points, 17th-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 16th-ranked player John Smoltz (160.9). (It should be noted Smoltz would have an estimated 255 career points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked.) Hamels ranks eighth among active players in career points.

Hamels has 5.4 Box-Toppers points for the season, 15th among AL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Joc Pederson of the Dodgers hit two home runs and doubled, going 4-for-5, scoring four times and driving in two runs, in the 12-4 win over the Rockies.

American League Batter of the Day—Aaron Hicks of the Yankees went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 8-5 win over the Orioles.

Notable—Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Gonzalez (7IP 5H 3R 0BB 9K ND in the 5-3, 14-inning win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 5.7 for the season, 22nd among all players in season player rankings and seventh among NL pitchers.

Gonzalez also now has 101.9 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 74th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Saturday, he passes three players on the “all-time” list—Jason Schmidt (101.2), Mark Teixeira (101.3) and Tim Wakefield (101.4). He now trails 73rd-ranked player Ken Griffey Jr. (102.2). (It should be noted Griffey would have an estimated 140 career points if his entire career from 1989 were tracked.)

Also notable—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke now has 180.2 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Greinke (6.2IP 7H R BB 6K W in the 6-2 win over the Marlins) ranks eighth in career Box-Toppers points since 1995, when player tracking began. He trails seventh-ranked player Alex Rodriguez (187.0). Greinke ranks fourth among active players in career points. He has 4.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 26th among NL pitchers.

Debut—Cardinals pitcher Austin Gomber made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Gomber (3IP 0H 0R BB 2K ND in the 3-2 win over the Pirates) was making his Major League debut. He is the 3,985th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Suarez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hamels earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Pederson and Hicks 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)

6/2 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 9.0 SF 2, PHI 0 Andrew Suarez (W, 2‑4) 7.0 3 0 0 0 5
8.0 CHC 7, NYM 1 (F/14) Luke Farrell (W, 2‑2) 5.0 2 0 0 2 7
6.2 MIL 5, CHW 0 Jhoulys Chacin (W, 4‑1) 5.2 3 0 0 1 5
BAT 5.0 LAD 12, COL 4 Joc Pederson CF‑LF 5 4 4 2
5.0 `WSH 5, ATL 3 (F/14) Gio Gonzalez 7.0 5 3 3 0 9
AL 5.0 `TEX 3, LAA 2 Cole Hamels 7.0 5 2 2 1 8
4.0 `STL 3, PIT 2 Austin Gomber (H, 1) 3.0 0 0 0 1 2
3.2 SEA 3, TB 1 Marco Gonzales (W, 6‑3) 6.2 5 1 1 2 6
BAT 3.0 NYY 8, BAL 5 Aaron Hicks CF 4 2 3 2
3.0 BOS 5, HOU 4 Craig Kimbrel (S, 19) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.2 ARI 6, MIA 2 Zack Greinke (W, 4‑4) 6.2 7 1 1 1 6
2.0 MIN 7, CLE 1 Eddie Rosario LF 2 1 1 2
2.0 SD 8, CIN 2 Matt Szczur LF 1 0 1 2
2.0 DET 7, TOR 4 Louis Coleman (W, 3‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
2.0 KC 5, OAK 4 Kelvin Herrera (S, 13) 1.0 0 0 0 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 +/‑
Gonzalez, Gio 2626 pi sp dc nl 5.7 15.4 54.8 101.9 -4.0
Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp tex al 5.4 14.8 70.8 158.8 -4.0
Gonzales, Marco 3408 pi sp sea al 4.7 5.7 8.7 8.7 +3.7
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 4.0 24.1 90.4 180.2 -16.1
Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp mil nl 4.0 15.4 26.8 43.2 -7.4
Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf min al 3.5 9.7 14.2 14.2 -2.7
Kimbrel, Craig 2825 pi cp bos al 3.0 11.7 49.4 70.4 -5.7
Hicks, Aaron 3170 cf nyy al 3.0 6.0 11.0 11.0 0.0
Suarez, Andrew 3963 pi sp sf nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Coleman, Louis 2860 pi mr det al 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 +2.0
Farrell, Luke 3955 pi mr chi nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Pederson, Joc 3621 cf lf lad nl 1.5 2.5 6.5 6.5 +0.5
Szczur, Matt 3704 lf sd nl 1.0 3.0 4.5 4.5 -1.0
Herrera, Kelvin 3149 pi cp kc al 1.0 3.0 8.0 8.0 -1.0
Gomber, Austin 3985 pi mr stl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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