Diamondbacks’ Greinke tops players for Saturday, July 14; Astros’ Cole rises to 7th in player rankings

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

Also Saturday, Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of July 14:  
 

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 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 13.0
8 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 12.7
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 12.4
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
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Player of the Day—Greinke struck out seven over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the Braves.

Greinke earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 185.2 career points, eighth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails seventh-ranked player Alex Rodriguez (187.0). Greinke ranks fourth among active players in career points.

Greinke also has 9.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, sixth among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Royals pitcher Danny Duffy struck out eight over seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks, in the 5-0 win over the White Sox.

American League Batter of the Day—Jake Bauers of the Rays homered, doubled and went 2-for-5, scoring four times and driving in four runs, in the 19-6 win over the Twins.

National League Batter of the Day—Javier Baez of the Cubs homered, doubled and went 2-for-5, scoring once and driving in five runs, in the 11-6 win over the Padres.

Rankings—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises from ninth to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings Saturday after earning Player of the Game honors.

Cole (5.2IP 3H R 4BB 8K W in the 9-1 win over the Tigers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.0 for the season. He ranks fifth among AL pitchers.

Debut—Three players made their Box-Toppers debut Saturday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Orioles pitcher Yefry Ramirez (5IP 2H 0R 3BB 7BB ND in the 1-0 win over the Rangers) made his Major League debut June 13 and was playing in his fifth career game. He is the 4,021st player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Pirates pitcher Clay Holmes (6IP 4H 0R 2BB 6K W in the 6-2 win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut April 6 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 4,022nd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Pirates pitcher Richard Rodriguez (1.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K W in the 2-1 win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut Sept. 2, 2017, and was playing in his 38th career game. He is the 4,023rd 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 Duffy earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Bauers and Baez 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)

7/14 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 10.2 ARI 3, ATL 0 Zack Greinke (W, 10‑5) 7.2 4 0 0 0 7
AL 8.0 KC 5, CHW 0 Danny Duffy (W, 5‑8) 7.0 4 0 0 3 8
7.0 `BAL 1, TEX 0 Yefry Ramirez 5.0 2 0 0 3 7
6.1 `BOS 6, TOR 2 (F/10) Eduardo Rodriguez 5.1 4 0 0 0 5
6.0 PIT 6, MIL 2 Clay Holmes (W, 1‑1) 6.0 4 0 0 2 6
5.1 COL 4, SEA 1 Jon Gray (W, 8‑7) 7.1 5 1 1 1 6
BAT 5.0 TB 19, MIN 6 Jake Bauers 1B 5 4 2 4
4.2 HOU 9, DET 1 Gerrit Cole (W, 10‑2) 5.2 3 1 1 4 8
4.0 MIA 2, PHI 0 Trevor Richards (W, 3‑5) 6.0 4 0 0 2 4
3.1 NYY 5, CLE 4 David Robertson (W, 7‑3) 1.1 0 0 0 1 3
3.1 PIT 2, MIL 1 Richard Rodriguez (W, 2‑2) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
BAT 3.0 CHC 11, SD 6 Javier Baez 2B 5 1 2 5
2.0 CIN 8, STL 2 Jose Peraza SS 6 1 5 2
2.0 LAA 5, LAD 4 (F/10) Justin Upton LF 4 1 2 3
2.0 NYM 7, WSH 4 Michael Conforto LF 3 1 1 3
2.0 OAK 4, SF 3 Mark Canha PH‑LF 2 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 +/‑
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 13.0 20.0 55.9 55.9 +6.0
Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480 pi sp bos al 9.7 18.4 29.1 29.1 +1.0
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 9.0 29.1 95.4 185.2 -11.1
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 7.7 12.4 19.4 19.4 +3.0
Duffy, Danny 2915 pi sp kc al 6.7 10.7 37.4 40.4 +2.7
Baez, Javier 3395 2b ss 3b chi nl 6.0 11.2 15.7 15.7 +0.8
Upton, Justin 2411 lf ana al 4.0 11.5 39.9 62.6 -3.5
Conforto, Michael 3622 lf rf cf nym nl 3.0 9.0 14.0 14.0 -3.0
Peraza, Jose 3691 ss cin nl 3.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 +2.0
Richards, Trevor 3945 pi sp fla nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Bauers, Jake 3993 1b tb al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Canha, Mark 3454 1b lf ph oak al 2.0 4.0 6.5 6.5 0.0
Robertson, David 2774 pi mr cp nyy al 1.0 7.0 28.0 33.0 -5.0
Holmes, Clay 4022 pi sp pit nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Ramirez, Yefry 4021 pi sp bal al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Rodriguez, Richard 4023 pi mr pit nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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