Astros’ Lance McCullers tops players for Friday, July 6; Red Sox’ Sale rises to 5th in player rankings

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Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. is Friday’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 6:  
 

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 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 12.7
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
7 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
8 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 11.4
9 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 11.0
10 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 11.0
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Also Friday, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—McCullers struck out 12 over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and no walks, in the 11-4 win over the White Sox.

McCullers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.7 for the season, rising to 12th place among all players, ninth place among AL pitchers.

McCullers becomes the 14th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his first season with 10 or more points. In 2017, he had 9.4 points with the Astros, 16th among AL pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom struck out eight over eight innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 5-1 win over the Rays. deGrom did not earn the win or save, picking up a no-decision, because the game was tied, 1-1, when he exited.

American League Batter of the Day—Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians doubled and went 2-for-2, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 10-4 win over the Athletics.

National League Batter of the Day—Scott Kingery of the Phillies went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in one run, in the 17-5 win over the Pirates.

Rankings—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Sale (6IP 5H R BB 12K W in the 10-5 win over the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.7 for the season, rising from seventh to fifth place among players in 2018 points, fourth among AL pitchers. Sale led all players in 2017 with 25.1 points.

Sale now has 124.2 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 39th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Friday, he passes Gary Sheffield (124.1). (It should be noted that Sheffield would have an estimated 155 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked.) Sale trails 38th-ranked player Mariano Rivera (126.4).

Sale ranks 12th among active players in career points.

Scoring—McCullers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and deGrom earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Encarnacion and Kingery each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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)

7/6 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 14.0 HOU 11, CHW 4 Lance McCullers (W, 10‑3) 7.0 3 1 1 0 12
13.0 DET 3, TEX 1 Jordan Zimmermann (W, 4‑0) 8.0 4 1 1 0 11
10.0 BOS 10, KC 5 Chris Sale (W, 9‑4) 6.0 5 1 1 1 12
NL 9.0 `NYM 5, TB 1 Jacob deGrom 8.0 4 1 1 1 8
6.0 ARI 3, SD 1 Zack Godley (W, 10‑6) 6.0 4 1 1 1 7
5.1 `LAA 3, LAD 2 Felix Pena 5.1 3 2 2 1 8
BAT 5.0 CLE 10, OAK 4 Edwin Encarnacion DH 2 2 2 3
4.0 MIL 5, ATL 4 Freddy Peralta (W, 4‑1) 6.0 3 1 1 3 6
4.0 COL 7, SEA 1 German Marquez (W, 7‑8) 6.0 5 1 1 0 5
BAT 3.0 PHI 17, PIT 5 Scott Kingery SS 5 3 4 1
3.0 TOR 6, NYY 2 Justin Smoak 1B 3 1 2 3
2.0 WSH 3, MIA 2 Mark Reynolds PH 1 1 1 1
2.0 SF 3, STL 2 Will Smith (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
1.2 CIN 3, CHC 2 Tyler Mahle (W, 7‑6) 6.2 5 1 1 2 4
0.0 MIN 6, BAL 2 Joe Mauer DH 4 1 2 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 +/‑
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 12.7 37.8 103.5 124.2 -12.4
McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 10.7 20.1 32.9 32.9 +1.3
Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 7.7 12.4 12.4 12.4 +3.0
deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 6.7 22.4 67.5 67.5 -9.0
Peralta, Freddy 3965 pi sp mil nl 6.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 +6.7
Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh cle al 6.5 18.6 55.2 85.7 -5.6
Mahle, Tyler 3929 pi sp cin nl 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +6.0
Godley, Zack 3538 pi sp ari nl 4.0 15.0 19.7 19.7 -7.0
Reynolds, Mark 2297 1b ph dc nl 4.0 9.0 22.0 60.4 -1.0
Smoak, Justin 2731 1b tor al 3.5 10.0 21.2 32.9 -3.0
Zimmermann, Jordan 2612 pi sp det al 3.0 5.0 44.7 65.4 +1.0
Pena, Felix 4002 pi sp ana al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Kingery, Scott 3938 ss ph phi nl 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Mauer, Joe 1869 1b dh min al 2.0 8.5 22.5 79.1 -4.5
Smith, Will 3073 pi cp sf nl 2.0 2.0 7.0 10.0 +2.0
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