Blue Jays’ Pillar tops players for Friday, July 13; Diamondbacks’ Godley tops NL players

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Kevin Pillar of the Blue Jays is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Pillar hit two doubles and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 13-7 win over the Red Sox.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of July 13:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.4
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 15.1
4 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 14.7
5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 14.0
6 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
7 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 12.7
8 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 12.4
9 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
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Pillar earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the 2018 season. He ranks 67th among American League batters.

Pillar had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +5.0, the same as three other players and a relatively low score to earn Player of the Day honors. Pillar ranked first among the four with game scores of +5.0 on tiebreakers. Ranked just behind him is Joe Mauer of the Twins, Player of the Game in the 11-8 win over the Rays (HR 2-3 2R 4BI). Pillar ranked higher because he had more at bats (five vs. three). 

Pillar also ranked ahead of two pitchers with game scores of +5.0 because in cases of game score ties, batters rank ahead of pitchers. The two pitchers with game scores of +5.0 were Zack Godley of the Diamondbacks and Caleb Ferguson of the Dodgers.

National League Player of the Day—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley struck out seven over six innings, allowing one run, five hits and one walk, in the 2-1 win over the Braves.

Godley had a Box-Toppers game score of +5.0, same as overall Player of the Day Pillar but Pillar ranked higher because in cases of game score ties, batters beat pitchers. Godley also had the same game score as Dodgers pitcher Caleb Ferguson, Player of the Game in the 2-1 win over the Angels (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W), but Godley ranked higher to earn NL Player of the Day honors because he had more innings pitched (six vs. two).

National League Batter of the Day—Jesse Winker of the Reds doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 9-1 win over the Cardinals.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Friday because the overall Player of the Day is AL batter Kevin Pillar.

Notable—Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta has the most Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Friday.

Arrieta (7IP 3H 0R 3BB 3K W in the 2-0 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.7 for the season, 40th among all players and 15th among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard earned Player of the Game honors for batting.

Syndergaard (1-2 0R BI in the 4-2 win over the Nationals) became the third pitcher this season to earn Player of the Game honors for batting (in the same game in which he pitched). Syndergaard had a Box-Toppers game score of 0.0 for batting and a game score of -3.0 for pitching (5IP 7H R 2BB 3K W). In 2017, pitchers earned Player of the Game honors for batting seven times.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Friday, the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors:

  • Leury Garcia of the White Sox (HR 2B 3-5 2R 3BI in the 9-6 win over the Royals) made his Major League debut April 6, 2013, and was playing in his 296th career game. He is the 4,019th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Steven Duggar of the Giants (2-2B 2-4 3R 2BI in the 7-1 win over the Athletics) made his Major League debut July 8 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 4,020th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Pillar earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Godley earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Winker earns 1.5 points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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)

7/13 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 5.0 TOR 13, BOS 7 Kevin Pillar CF 5 2 4 4
5.0 MIN 11, TB 8 Joe Mauer 1B 3 2 2 4
NL 5.0 ARI 2, ATL 1 Zack Godley (W, 11‑6) 6.0 5 1 1 1 7
5.0 LAD 3, LAA 2 Caleb Ferguson (W, 2‑1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
BAT 4.0 CIN 9, STL 1 Jesse Winker RF 3 1 3 3
4.0 TEX 5, BAL 4 Ryan Rua PH 1 1 1 3
4.0 PHI 2, MIA 0 Jake Arrieta (W, 7‑6) 7.0 3 0 0 3 3
4.0 CHC 5, SD 4 (F/10) Pedro Strop (W, 4‑1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
3.1 PIT 7, MIL 3 Nick Kingham (W, 4‑4) 6.1 5 3 3 1 9
3.0 CHW 9, KC 6 Leury Garcia RF 5 2 3 3
3.0 SF 7, OAK 1 Steven Duggar CF 4 3 2 2
3.0 COL 10, SEA 7 Carlos Gonzalez RF 3 3 3 0
3.0 HOU 3, DET 0 Dallas Keuchel (W, 7‑8) 6.0 6 0 0 1 4
2.0 CLE 6, NYY 5 Jose Ramirez 3B 3 1 2 2
0.0 NYM 4, WSH 2 Noah Syndergaard P 2 0 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 +/‑
Arrieta, Jake 2738 pi sp phi nl 6.7 13.4 77.9 88.9 0.0
Godley, Zack 3538 pi sp ari nl 5.7 16.7 21.4 21.4 -5.3
Winker, Jesse 3988 rf lf ph cin nl 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 +5.5
Ramirez, Jose 3436 3b cle al 4.0 14.0 19.0 19.0 -6.0
Kingham, Nick 3951 pi sp pit nl 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Keuchel, Dallas 3050 pi sp hou al 3.7 13.1 53.9 55.9 -5.7
Gonzalez, Carlos 2460 rf col nl 3.5 9.0 38.5 67.7 -2.0
Mauer, Joe 1869 1b dh min al 3.0 9.5 23.5 80.1 -3.5
Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp nym nl 3.0 6.0 33.1 33.1 0.0
Strop, Pedro 3005 pi mr cp chi nl 3.0 3.0 7.0 10.0 +3.0
Pillar, Kevin 3486 cf tor al 2.0 4.0 9.5 9.5 0.0
Ferguson, Caleb 4006 pi mr lad nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Rua, Ryan 3631 1b lf ph tex al 1.0 1.0 4.0 4.0 +1.0
Duggar, Steven 4020 cf sf nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Garcia, Leury 4019 rf chi al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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