Dodgers’ Matt Kemp tops players for Monday, July 2; Indians’ Lindor rises to lead AL batter rankings

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Matt Kemp of the Dodgers is Monday’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 July 2:  

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 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 14.0
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 13.4
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
6 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
7 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 11.4
8 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 11.0
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 11.0
10 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 10.7
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Also Monday, Francisco Lindor of the Indians rises to first place in Box-Toppers season player rankings among American League batters after earning AL Player of the Day honors.

In addition Monday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer was not able to retake the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after his team lost to the Red Sox. Scherzer (16.4 Box-Toppers points) fell to second in rankings Sunday behind Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (16.7).

Player of the Day—Kemp hit a three-run homer, doubled and went 5-for-5, scoring four times and driving in four runs, in the 17-1 win over the Pirates.

This was the second day in a row Kemp earned Player of the Game honors. He was also NL Batter of the Day Sunday in the 6-4 win over the Rockies. Kemp has earned 3.5 Box-Toppers points in the past two days (1.5 for being NL Batter of the Day Sunday and 2.0 for being Player of the Day Monday) and has 4.5 points for the season, 10th among National League batters.

American League Player of the Day—Francisco Lindor of the Indians hit two homers—a grand slam and a three-run shot—in the 9-3 win over the Royals. Lindor went 2-for-4, scoring three times and driving in seven runs.

Lindor earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 7.9 for the season, rising to lead AL batters in player rankings. He passes previous AL batting leader J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox (7.0 Box-Toppers points). Lindor ranks 20th among all players in Box-Toppers season player rankings.

Both Lindor and Kemp had Box-Toppers game scores Monday of +8.0, but Kemp edged Lindor for overall Player of the Day honors because he had more at bats—five vs. four.

NL and AL Batters of the Day—There are no separate NL and AL Batters of the Day for Monday since both the overall Player of the Day (Kemp) and AL Player of the Day (Lindor) are batters.

Notable—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had a chance Monday to regain the Box-Toppers season player rankings lead a day after losing it, but did not earn Player of the Game honors in his team’s loss.

Scherzer (6IP 4H 3R 3BB 9K L in the 4-3 loss to the Red Sox) had the highest Box-Toppers game score (+2.0) among all players in the game, but Player of the Game honors went to the top player on the victorious Red Sox—closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel (1.1IP 0H 0R BB K Sv), with a Box-Toppers game score of +1.1.

Scherzer remains in second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings with 16.4 Box-Toppers points, behind Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (16.7 points). Severino took the lead Sunday after Scherzer held it from June 5 to June 30.

Debut—Braves pitcher Jesse Biddle made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Biddle (2IP 3H 0R BB 4K W in the 5-3, 11-inning win over the Mets) made his Major League debut April 21 and was playing in his 26th career game. He is the 4,013th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Kemp earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Lindor earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. All of Monday’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)

7/2 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 8.0 LAD 17, PIT 1 Matt Kemp LF 5 4 5 4
AL 8.0 CLE 9, KC 3 Francisco Lindor SS 4 3 2 7
7.0 `DET 3, TOR 2 (F/10) Mike Fiers 8.0 3 1 1 1 5
7.0 `MIA 3, TB 2 (F/10) Wei‑Yin Chen 6.0 3 1 0 0 5
4.2 `CIN 5, CHW 3 Luis Castillo 6.2 6 1 1 0 6
3.0 STL 6, ARI 3 Yadier Molina C 4 2 2 3
3.0 MIL 6, MIN 5 (F/10) Corey Knebel (W, 2‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.0 COL 5, SF 2 Kyle Freeland (W, 8‑6) 7.0 3 2 2 1 3
2.0 ATL 5, NYY 3 (F/11) Jesse Biddle (W, 2‑0) 2.0 3 0 0 1 4
1.1 BOS 4, WSH 3 Craig Kimbrel (S, 25) 1.1 0 0 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 +/‑
Lindor, Francisco 3586 ss cle al 7.9 11.4 19.4 19.4 +4.4
Kimbrel, Craig 2825 pi cp bos al 5.0 13.7 51.4 72.4 -3.7
Freeland, Kyle 3763 pi sp col nl 4.7 10.7 10.7 10.7 -1.3
Kemp, Matt 2151 lf lad nl 4.5 9.0 29.5 68.1 0.0
Fiers, Michael 3029 pi sp det al 3.0 9.4 27.8 35.5 -3.4
Knebel, Corey 3757 pi cp mil nl 3.0 9.0 10.0 10.0 -3.0
Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840 pi sp cin nl 2.0 10.4 10.4 10.4 -6.4
Molina, Yadier 1967 ca stl nl 2.0 7.5 16.5 42.2 -3.5
Chen, Wei-Yin 3026 pi sp fla nl 1.0 2.0 20.4 29.1 0.0
Biddle, Jesse 4013 pi mr atl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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