Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter tops players for Friday, July 20; Mariners’ LeBlanc tops AL players

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(Apologies: This post comes a day late. This post covers Major League games played Friday, July 20.)

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of July 20:  
 

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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Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals is Box-Toppers Player of the Day for games played Friday, July 20.

Carpenter hit three homers, two doubles and went 5-for-5, scoring four times and driving in seven runs, in the 18-5 win over the Cubs. Carpenter’s Box-Toppers of +11.0 Friday is the second highest of the season, behind only the +13.0 game score recorded July 7 by Mark Reynolds of the Nationals.

Carpenter earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.5 for the season, 35th among National League batters.

American League Player of the Day—Mariners pitcher Wade LeBlanc struck out 10 over 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the White Sox.

American League Batter of the Day—Lucas Duda of the Royals homered and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 6-5 win over the Twins.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Friday because the overall Player of the Day is NL batter Matt Carpenter.

Notable—Red Sox pitcher David Price has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Friday.

Price (6.1IP 4H 0R BB 5K W in the 1-0 win over the Tigers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.4 for the season, 36th among all players and 18th among AL pitchers.

Price now also has 118.3 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 42nd place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Friday, he passes three players on the “all-time” list—Barry Zito (117.4), Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (117.5) and Carlos Delgado (117.7). Price now trails 41st-ranked player Cliff Lee (119.1). 

Passing Wainwright, Price now ranks 13th among active players in career points, trailing teammate Chris Sale (126.2).

Debut—Phillies pitcher Austin Davis made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Davis (1.2IP H 0R BB 3K W in the 11-5 win over the Padres) made his Major League debut June 20 and was playing in his 11th career game. He is the 4,027th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Carpenter earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and LeBlanc earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Duda earns 1.5 points for being AL 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)

7/20 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 STL 18, CHC 5 Matt Carpenter 1B 5 4 5 7
AL +10.1 SEA 3, CHW 1 Wade LeBlanc (W, 6‑1) 7.1 4 1 1 1 10
+7.2 HOU 3, LAA 1 Dallas Keuchel (W, 8‑8) 7.2 2 1 1 1 5
+6.1 SF 5, OAK 1 Dereck Rodriguez (W, 5‑1) 6.1 3 1 1 0 5
+6.1 BOS 1, DET 0 David Price (W, 11‑6) 6.1 4 0 0 1 5
+6.0 PIT 12, CIN 1 Sean Rodriguez 2B 4 3 3 4
+5.0 COL 11, ARI 10 Nolan Arenado 3B 5 3 3 4
+4.0 MIA 6, TB 5 Derek Dietrich LF 5 2 3 4
BAT +4.0 KC 6, MIN 5 Lucas Duda DH 4 2 3 3
+4.0 LAD 6, MIL 4 Rich Hill (W, 3‑4) 6.0 5 1 1 4 9
+3.0 TOR 8, BAL 7 (F/10) Aledmys Diaz SS 5 2 4 2
+3.0 ATL 8, WSH 5 Ronald Acuna LF 4 3 3 1
+2.2 PHI 11, SD 5 Austin Davis (W, 1‑0) 1.2 1 0 0 1 3
+2.0 CLE 9, TEX 8 (F/11) Yandy Diaz DH 6 2 4 2
+2.0 NYM 7, NYY 5 Michael Conforto LF 4 1 2 3
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 +/‑
Price, David 2593 pi sp bos al 7.4 12.1 72.4 118.3 +2.7
LeBlanc, Wade 2669 pi sp sea al 6.7 10.7 13.7 20.7 +2.7
Arenado, Nolan 3306 3b col nl 6.0 15.2 35.9 35.9 -3.2
Rodriguez, Dereck 3986 pi sp sf nl 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Keuchel, Dallas 3050 pi sp hou al 4.7 14.1 54.9 56.9 -4.7
Conforto, Michael 3622 lf rf cf nym nl 4.0 10.0 15.0 15.0 -2.0
Dietrich, Derek 3199 lf fla nl 3.5 9.0 14.0 14.0 -2.0
Carpenter, Matt 2987 3b 1b 2b stl nl 3.5 3.5 28.0 33.0 +3.5
Acuña, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf cf atl nl 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 +3.5
Diaz, Aledmys 3612 ss tor al 3.0 4.0 9.5 9.5 +2.0
Duda, Lucas 2818 1b dh kc al 2.5 2.5 13.5 18.5 +2.5
Hill, Rich 2215 pi sp lad nl 2.0 14.7 33.1 52.8 -10.7
Rodriguez, Sean 2729 lf 2b pit nl 2.0 2.0 9.0 20.5 +2.0
Diaz, Yandy 3896 dh cle al 1.0 2.7 2.7 2.7 -0.7
Davis, Austin 4027 pi mr phi nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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