Diamondbacks’ Godley tops players for Tuesday, July 31; Astros’ Morton rises to 9th in player rankings

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley is Tuesday’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 31:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 18.4
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 18.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
6 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.4
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
8 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
9 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 12.8
10 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 12.7
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Also Tuesday, Astros pitcher Charlie Morton rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Godley struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 6-0 win over the Rangers.

Godley earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.7 for the season, 16th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd struck out seven over eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 2-1 win over the Reds.

National League Batter of the Day—Daniel Murphy of the Nationals hit two homers and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in six runs, in the 25-4 win over the Mets.

Murphy had a Box-Toppers game score of +8.0, which was the same as Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark (7IP 4H R 0BB 7K W), but Murphy won Player of the Game honors because in cases of game score ties, batters hold the tiebreaker edge over pitchers. Achieving a game score of +8.0 in a win and not earning Player of the Game honors—as Roark did—is rare, but then so is a team scoring 25 runs in a game.

American League Batter of the Day—Greg Allen of the Indians went 3-for-4, scoring three times, in the 6-2 win over the Twins.

This was Allen’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Allen made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 2017, and was playing in his 72nd career game. He is the 4,036th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Rankings—Astros pitcher Charlie Morton rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Morton (6IP 6H 2R BB 8K W in the 5-2 win over the Mariners) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.8 for the season. He ranks seventh among AL pitchers. He is the third Astros starting pitcher among the overall top 10 players, along with sixth-ranked Justin Verlander (14.4 points) and seventh-ranked Gerrit Cole (14.0 points).

Streak—Nick Markakis of the Braves has now earned Box-Toppers points in 12 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018 Tuesday.

Markakis (HR 2-4 2R 2BI in the 11-6 win over the Marlins) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Orioles and has 50.6 career points, ninth among active NL outfielders. His best season was 2009 with the Orioles, when he had 7.7 points, sixth among AL outfielders. In 2017, he had 2.5 points with the Braves.

Scoring—Godley earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Boyd earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Murphy and Allen each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

7/31 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +14.0 ARI 6, TEX 0 Zack Godley (W, 12‑6) 7.0 2 0 0 1 10
AL +10.0 DET 2, CIN 1 Matthew Boyd (W, 6‑9) 8.0 4 0 0 1 7
+9.0 NYY 6, BAL 3 Masahiro Tanaka (W, 9‑2) 6.0 3 0 0 2 8
BAT +8.0 WSH 25, NYM 4 Daniel Murphy 2B 4 3 3 6
+8.0 MIL 1, LAD 0 Wade Miley (W, 2‑1) 7.0 2 0 0 2 5
+6.0 PHI 3, BOS 1 Jake Arrieta (W, 9‑6) 7.0 6 1 1 0 7
+6.0 `SF 3, SD 2 (F/10) Dereck Rodriguez 7.0 3 1 1 3 7
+3.0 COL 6, STL 3 Carlos Gonzalez RF 3 2 2 2
+3.0 PIT 5, CHC 4 Gregory Polanco RF 3 3 2 1
+3.0 HOU 5, SEA 2 Charlie Morton (W, 12‑2) 6.0 6 2 2 1 8
+2.2 KC 4, CHW 2 Danny Duffy (W, 7‑9) 5.2 6 0 0 4 7
BAT +2.0 CLE 6, MIN 2 Greg Allen CF 4 3 3 0
+2.0 ATL 11, MIA 6 Nick Markakis RF 4 2 2 2
+2.0 TB 10, LAA 6 Carlos Gomez RF 3 1 2 2
+1.0 OAK 6, TOR 2 Khris Davis DH 5 1 3 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 +/‑
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 12.8 20.5 37.2 48.2 +5.1
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 7.7 19.1 53.9 53.9 -3.7
Godley, Zack 3538 pi sp ari nl 7.7 18.7 23.4 23.4 -3.3
Arrieta, Jake 2738 pi sp phi nl 7.7 14.4 78.9 89.9 +1.0
Duffy, Danny 2915 pi sp kc al 7.7 11.7 38.4 41.4 +3.7
Rodriguez, Dereck 3986 pi sp sf nl 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +6.0
Polanco, Gregory 3361 rf pit nl 5.0 10.5 23.0 23.0 -0.5
Boyd, Matthew 3550 pi sp det al 4.7 7.7 14.8 14.8 +1.7
Gonzalez, Carlos 2460 rf col nl 4.5 10.0 39.5 68.7 -1.0
Davis, Khris 3242 dh oak al 4.5 9.0 25.7 25.7 0.0
Gomez, Carlos 2397 rf tb al 3.0 5.5 22.5 37.5 +0.5
Miley, Wade 3006 pi sp mil nl 2.0 5.7 29.4 42.1 -1.7
Murphy, Daniel 2589 2b dc nl 1.5 9.0 33.5 41.5 -6.0
Allen, Greg 4036 cf cle al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Markakis, Nick 2116 rf atl nl 1.0 3.5 19.5 50.6 -1.5
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