Mariners’ Denard Span tops players for Thursday, Aug. 9; Padres’ Renfroe tops NL players

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Denard Span of the Mariners 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 Aug. 9:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 20.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 17.1
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 15.4
7 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 14.4
8 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 14.0
9 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 13.8
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Span homered, tripled and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 8-6 win over the Astros.

Span earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, 36th among American League batters.

National League Player of the Day—Hunter Renfroe of the Padres hit a grand slam and doubled, going 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 8-4 win over the Brewers.

Batters of the Day—There are no separate American League or National League Batters of the Day for Thursday because the overall Player of the Day is AL batter Denard Span and the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Hunter Renfroe.

Notable—Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ becomes the 20th player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Happ (6IP 4H 3R BB 9K W in the 7-3 win over the Rangers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season, most among the nine who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday. Happ is 18th in Box-Toppers season player rankings, 13th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Rays pitcher Yonny Chirinos made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Chirinos (5IP 3H R 0BB 4K W in the 5-4 win over the Orioles) made his Major League debut April 1 and was playing in his 10th career game. 

Scoring—Span earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Renfroe earns 1.7 points for being NL Player 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)

8/9 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +5.0 SEA 8, HOU 6 Denard Span LF 3 2 3 3
+4.0 NYY 7, TEX 3 J.A. Happ (W, 12‑6) 6.0 4 3 3 1 9
+4.0 TB 5, BAL 4 Yonny Chirinos (W, 1‑4) 5.0 3 1 1 0 4
NL +3.0 SD 8, MIL 4 Hunter Renfroe LF 4 1 2 4
+3.0 `CLE 5, MIN 4 Brad Hand 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 PIT 10, SF 5 David Freese 3B 5 2 2 3
+2.0 TOR 8, BOS 5 Justin Smoak 1B 4 1 3 2
+2.0 WSH 6, ATL 3 Anthony Rendon 3B 3 2 2 1
+2.0 LAD 8, COL 5 Max Muncy PH 1 1 1 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 +/‑
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 10.7 16.4 51.6 67.6 +5.0
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp cle al 7.0 11.7 20.7 21.7 +2.3
Smoak, Justin 2731 1b tor al 4.5 11.0 22.2 33.9 -2.0
Muncy, Max 3969 3b lf 2b 1b lad nl 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 +4.5
Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b dc nl 4.0 12.0 24.0 24.0 -4.0
Span, Denard 2502 lf sea al 4.0 7.0 14.0 32.7 +1.0
Freese, David 2710 3b 1b pit nl 3.5 5.5 14.0 29.7 +1.5
Renfroe, Hunter 3749 lf ph sd nl 3.2 7.2 9.7 9.7 -0.8
Chirinos, Yonny 4039 pi mr tb al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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