Mariners’ Jean Segura is Box-Toppers Player of the Game as AL wins 2018 All-Star Game

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Jean Segura of the Mariners is Box-Toppers 2018 All-Star Player of the Game.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of July 15:  
 

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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Segura hit a go-ahead, eighth-inning, three-run, pinch-hit homer, in the American League’s 8-6, 10-inning win over the National League. Segura went 2-for-2, scoring twice and driving in three runs.

While the NL later tied the game and forced extra innings before the AL took the lead for good in the 10th inning, Segura had the highest Box-Toppers game score on the winning AL team, +5.0.

Alex Bregman of the Astros was named All-Star Game Most Valuable Player for his solo home run in the 10th-inning that gave the AL a 6-5 lead. But it was his only hit of the game and he ranked ninth among AL players in Box-Toppers game score (0.0), going 1-for-3, scoring once and driving in one run. Segura is Box-Toppers Player of the Game because his higher Box-Toppers game score reflects that he did more overall to help the AL win the game.

This is the second year in a row that a Mariners player has earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors in the All-Star Game. In 2017’s All-Star Game, Robinson Cano was Player of the Game in the 2-1, 10-inning win over the National League. Cano did not play in the 2018 game. He’s serving an 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy.

Segura has 5.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, ranked 96th among all players, 14th among AL batters and second among AL shortstops, behind Francisco Lindor of the Indians (7.9). Segura was selected to the AL All-Star team by winning the Final Vote fan ballot.

George Springer of the Astros, who like Bregman, also hit a solo home run in the 10th inning, had the second-highest Box-Toppers game score among AL players Tuesday, +3.0 (HR 2-2 2R BI).

Luis Severino of the Yankees had the highest Box-Toppers game score among AL pitchers, +2.0 (1IP H 0R 0BB 2K ND). Severino leads all players in 2018 Box-Toppers points (16.7).

Box-Toppers’ top-ranked AL batter, J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox (8.5 Box-Toppers points) had a Box-Toppers game score of -1.0 Tuesday (1-2 0R 0BI).

Proving Box-Toppers’ frequent viewpoint that the win statistic can often be useless, misleading or both, the winning pitcher in the game was tied for having the lowest Box-Toppers game score among all 29 AL players. Edwin Diaz of the Mariners had a Box-Toppers game score of -3.0 (1IP H 2R BB 2K W). Diaz came in to close the game for the AL in the ninth inning, attempting to secure the 5-3 lead. Instead, he gave up two runs, blowing his save opportunity, as the NL tied it, 5-5, forcing extra innings. But though Diaz did more to lose the game for the AL than any other pitcher—giving up two runs in one inning—he earned the win only because the AL took the lead for good in the 10th-inning, going ahead 8-5. Though Diaz’ night was done after the ninth inning, he was still the pitcher of record when the AL took the lead in the 10th, giving him the win.

J.A. Happ of the Blue Jays, who pitched the 10th-inning for the AL and earned the save, had a Box-Toppers game score of -1.0 (1IP H R 0BB K Sv).

Charlie Morton of the Astros was Box-Toppers’ lowest-ranked among the 29 AL players in Box-Toppers game score. While his -3.0 score was tied with three others (2IP 2H 2R BB 2K ND), he ranked last on tiebreakers, finishing below Diaz only because Diaz ranked higher for earning the win.

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who started for the NL team and ranks second in overall 2018 Box-Toppers points (16.4), had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of +1.0 (2IP 2H R BB 4K ND).

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who started for the AL team and ranks fourth in 2018 Box-Toppers points (14.7), had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of +1.0 (1IP H 0R 0BB K ND).

Eugenio Suarez of the Reds, who leads NL batters in Box-Toppers points (7.5), had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of -1.0 (0-1 0R 0BI).

Scooter Gennett of the Reds had the highest Box-Toppers game score among NL players Tuesday, +3.0 (HR 1-1 R 2BI). Ross Stripling of the Dodgers had the lowest Box-Toppers game score among NL players, -7.8 (1.2IP 4H 3R 0BB 1K L).

Scoring—Just as All-Star Game statistics don’t count in a player’s regular season statistics, no Box-Toppers points are awarded for the All-Star Game.

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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Box-Toppers game scores of AL All-Star players

Here are all the players who played for the the winning American League team in Tuesday's All-Star Game, listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score. Jean Segura is Box-Toppers Player of the Game (POG) with a game score of +5.0.

7/17 BTG Team Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
POG +5.0 Mariners Jean Segura PH‑SS 2 2 2 3
+3.0 Astros George Springer CF 2 2 2 1
+2.0 Yankees Luis Severino (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
+1.1 Tigers Joe Jimenez (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1
+1.0 Angels Mike Trout CF 2 1 1 1
+1.0 Yankees Aaron Judge LF 2 1 1 1
+1.0 Red Sox Chris Sale 1.0 1 0 0 0 1
+1.0 Athletics Blake Treinen (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
0.0 Astros Alex Bregman PH‑3B 3 1 1 1
0.0 Indians Michael Brantley LF 2 0 1 1
0.0 Rangers Shin‑Soo Choo PH‑DH 2 1 1 0
0.0 Mariners Nelson Cruz PH‑DH
0.0 Twins Jose Berrios (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
‑0.8 Rays Blake Snell (H, 1) 1.2 1 1 1 2 3
‑1.0 Red Sox Mitch Moreland 1B 3 0 2 0
‑1.0 Red Sox J.D. Martinez DH 2 0 1 0
‑1.0 Indians Francisco Lindor PH‑SS 1 0 0 0
‑1.0 Blue Jays J.A. Happ (S, 1) 1.0 1 1 1 0 1
‑2.0 Astros Jose Altuve 2B 3 0 1 0
‑2.0 Athletics Jed Lowrie 2B 2 0 0 0
‑2.0 Mariners Mitch Haniger RF 2 0 0 0
‑2.0 Indians Jose Ramirez 3B 2 0 0 0
‑2.0 Orioles Manny Machado SS 2 0 0 0
‑2.0 White Sox Jose Abreu 1B 2 0 0 0
‑2.0 Royals Salvador Perez C 2 0 0 0
‑3.0 Red Sox Mookie Betts RF 3 0 0 0
‑3.0 Indians Yan Gomes C 3 0 0 0
‑3.0 Mariners Edwin Diaz (W, 1‑0) (BS, 1) 1.0 1 2 2 1 2
‑3.0 Astros Charlie Morton (BS, 1) 2.0 2 2 2 1 2
POG—2018 All-Star Game Player of the Game.
No Box-Toppers points are awarded for the All-Star Game.