Dbacks’ Greinke tops players for Sunday, July 22, rises to 7th on ‘all-time’ career points list; Red Sox’ Sale rises to 2nd in season rankings

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to seventh place in “all-time” career Box-Toppers points, passing Alex Rodriguez.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of July 22:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 16.4
3 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.4
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 15.1
5 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.4
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 14.0
7 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 13.0
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 12.7
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
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Also Sunday, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Greinke struck out 13 over eight innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk, in the 6-1 win over the Rockies.

Greinke earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 187.2 career points, rising to seventh place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Sunday, he passes Alex Rodriguez (187.0) on the “all-time” list and now trails sixth-ranked player, Albert Pujols of the Angels (189.3). Greinke ranks fourth among active players in career points, just behind Pujols.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 210.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 196.7
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 189.3
7 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 187.2
8 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
9 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
10 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 173.1
11 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
12 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 168.4
13 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
14 Johan Santana pi sp free agent 166.6
15 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
16 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
17 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 159.8
18 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 159.6
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 155.9
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Greinke also becomes the 16th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points—he now has 11.0 points, 11th among all players and third among National League pitchers. This is Greinke’s ninth season with 10 or more points. His best season was 2009 with the Royals when he had 21.5 Box-Toppers points, first among all players. In 2017, he had 20.1 Box-Toppers points with the Diamondbacks, eighth among all players and fourth among NL pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out nine over six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 9-1 win over the Tigers.

Sale earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 16.4 for the season, rising from fourth to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings. He also ranks second among AL pitchers, behind overall leader Luis Severino of the Yankees (16.7 points).

Though Sale and third-place player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, both have 16.4 Box-Toppers points in 2018, Sale ranks higher on a razor-thin tiebreaker: Sale has more 2017 Box-Toppers points (25.1 vs. 25.0).

Scherzer failed in his chance to add to his Box-Toppers point total in his start Sunday. Though his Nationals beat the Braves 6-2, he was not Player of the Game and earned no Box-Toppers points. Scherzer had a Box-Toppers game score Sunday of 0.0 (6IP 8H 2R BB 7K W). Player of the Day was teammate Bryce Harper, who had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0 (HR 2-4 2R 2BI). 

Scherzer’s once-commanding lead in Box-Toppers points has dwindled. He last earned Player of the Game honors more than a month ago on June 21. Then, he only had two players within 5.0 points of his 16.4 point total—Severino at 14.7 and Twins pitcher Jose Berrios at 12.4. Now, he has two players ahead of him (Severino at 16.7 and Sale at 16.4) and seven players within 5.0 points of his total.

Sale also now has 127.9 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 39th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Sunday, he passes five players on the “all-time” list—Mariano Rivera (126.4), Roy Oswalt (127.2), John Lackey (127.2), A.J. Burnett (127.8) and Jered Weaver (127.8). Sale now trails 38th-ranked player Vladimir Guerrero (128.2).

American League Batter of the Day—Ryon Healy of the Mariners hit a pair of three-run home runs in the 8-2 win over the White Sox. Healy went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in six runs.

National League Batter of the Day—Corey Dickerson of the Pirates homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 9-2 win over the Reds.

Debut—Daniel Robertson of the Rays made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Robertson hit a walk-off, pinch-hit grand slam (HR 1-1 R 4BI) in the 6-4 win over the Marlins. Robertson made his Major League debut April 4, 2017, and was playing in his 152nd career game. He is the 4,031st 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 Sale earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Healy and Dickerson each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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)

7/22 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +16.0 ARI 6, COL 1 Zack Greinke (W, 11‑5) 8.0 2 1 1 1 13
AL +13.0 BOS 9, DET 1 Chris Sale (W, 11‑4) 6.0 2 0 0 0 9
+11.0 PHI 5, SD 0 Vince Velasquez (W, 6‑8) 7.0 2 0 0 1 7
+8.0 `TOR 5, BAL 4 J.A. Happ 5.0 4 1 1 0 9
BAT +7.0 SEA 8, CHW 2 Ryon Healy 1B 4 2 3 6
+5.0 TB 6, MIA 4 Daniel Robertson PH 1 1 1 4
+5.0 LAD 11, MIL 2 Caleb Ferguson (S, 2) 3.0 1 0 0 1 4
BAT +4.0 PIT 9, CIN 2 Corey Dickerson LF 5 3 4 2
+4.0 LAA 15, HOU 5 Ian Kinsler 2B 4 3 3 2
+4.0 TEX 5, CLE 0 Rougned Odor 2B 3 1 3 3
+4.0 KC 5, MIN 3 Brad Keller (W, 3‑4) 7.0 3 3 3 2 8
+3.2 `OAK 6, SF 5 (F/10) Sean Manaea 6.2 4 2 2 0 5
+2.0 WSH 6, ATL 2 Bryce Harper CF‑RF 4 2 2 2
+1.0 SD 10, PHI 2 Freddy Galvis SS 5 1 3 2
+1.0 CHC 7, STL 2 Willson Contreras C 4 1 2 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 +/‑
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 16.4 41.5 107.2 127.9 -8.7
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 11.0 31.1 97.4 187.2 -9.1
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 9.7 15.4 50.6 66.6 +4.0
Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 8.7 16.1 22.8 22.8 +1.3
Healy, Ryon 3685 1b sea al 7.0 16.7 19.7 19.7 -2.7
Velasquez, Vince 3611 pi sp phi nl 6.7 7.7 15.7 15.7 +5.7
Contreras, Willson 3776 ca chi nl 5.0 10.5 10.5 10.5 -0.5
Kinsler, Ian 2144 2b ana al 4.5 6.0 29.0 68.1 +3.0
Harper, Bryce 3011 rf cf dc nl 4.0 11.0 32.4 38.4 -3.0
Dickerson, Corey 3222 lf pit nl 3.5 6.5 23.0 23.0 +0.5
Ferguson, Caleb 4006 pi mr cp lad nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Galvis, Freddy 3202 ss sd nl 2.5 3.5 15.5 15.5 +1.5
Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 2.0 10.7 21.7 21.7 -6.7
Keller, Brad 4008 pi sp kc al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Robertson, Daniel 4031 ph tb al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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