Nationals’ Trea Turner tops players for Thursday, July 5; Astros’ Verlander tops AL players

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Trea Turner of the Nationals is Thursday’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 5:  

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 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 12.4
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
7 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
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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Turner hit two home runs, including a sixth-inning, go-ahead grand slam, in the 14-12 win over the Marlins. Turner went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in eight runs.

Turner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 31st among National League batters.

Turner had a Box-Toppers game score of +9.0, tied with two other players who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday—Cardinals pitcher Luke Weaver and Astros pitcher Justin Verlander. But Turner won Player of the Game honors since in cases of game score ties, batters beat pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing two runs, four hits and no walks, in the 4-3 win over the White Sox. Verlander picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win or save because the game was tied, 2-2, when he exited.

Verlander earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 10.4 points for the season, most among the eight who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday. Verlander ranks 12th in Box-Toppers season player rankings, ninth among AL pitchers.

Verlander becomes the 13th player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. It is the 10th season Verlander has reached 10 Box-Toppers points and his third consecutive season. Verlander’s best year was 2012 with the Tigers when he had 24.8 Box-Toppers points to lead all players.

Verlander now has 164.4 career Box-Toppers points, 15th-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 14th-ranked player Roger Clemens (164.8 points). (It should be noted that Clemens would have an estimated 320 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1984 were tracked.) Verlander ranks seventh among active players in career points.

American League Batter of the Day—Ronald Guzman of the Rangers homered and went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 7-5 win over the Tigers.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Thursday because the overall Player of the Day was NL batter Trea Turner.

Scoring—Turner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Verlander earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Guzman earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

7/5 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 9.0 WSH 14, MIA 12 Trea Turner SS 5 3 3 8
9.0 STL 11, SF 2 Luke Weaver (W, 5‑7) 8.0 2 2 2 0 7
AL 9.0 `HOU 4, CHW 3 Justin Verlander 7.0 4 2 2 0 10
6.0 MIL 7, ATL 2 Jhoulys Chacin (W, 7‑3) 7.0 3 2 2 1 7
4.0 SEA 4, LAA 1 Marco Gonzales (W, 9‑5) 6.0 5 1 1 2 7
3.0 SD 6, ARI 3 Carlos Asuaje 2B 2 2 2 1
3.0 MIN 5, BAL 2 Fernando Rodney (S, 18) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
BAT 1.0 TEX 7, DET 5 Ronald Guzman 1B 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 +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 10.4 25.1 60.2 164.4 -4.3
Gonzales, Marco 3408 pi sp sea al 8.4 9.4 12.4 12.4 +7.4
Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp mil nl 6.0 17.4 28.8 45.2 -5.4
Weaver, Luke 3719 pi sp stl nl 4.0 12.0 13.7 13.7 -4.0
Guzman, Ronald 3978 1b tex al 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Turner, Trea 3730 ss dc nl 3.0 4.7 7.2 7.2 +1.3
Asuaje, Carlos 3845 2b sd nl 2.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 +1.7
Rodney, Fernando 1803 pi cp min al 2.0 9.0 24.0 44.0 -5.0
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