Indians’ Mike Clevinger tops players for Thursday, Aug. 30; Dbacks’ Ray tops NL players

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Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, becoming the 31st player this season with 10 Box-Toppers points.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 30:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 21.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 20.1
3 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 18.1
4 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 17.1
5 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 17.1
6 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
7 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
8 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
9 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 16.0
10 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4
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Clevinger struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs (none earned), four hits and one walk, in the 5-3 win over the Twins.

Clevinger earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season, 31st among all players and 16th among American League pitchers.

This is Clevinger’s second season and second straight season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. In 2017, he had 11.4 points with the Indians, ninth among AL pitchers. 

In 2017, 38 players had 10 or more points. On this date a year ago, 21 players had 10 or more points.

National League Player of the Day—Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray struck out nine over 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run, four hits and two walks, in the 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

American League Batter of the Day—Victor Martinez of the Tigers hit two home runs and went 2-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-7 win over the Yankees.

National League Batter of the Day—Tommy La Stella of the Cubs hit a sixth-inning, pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run home run in the 5-4 win over the Braves.

Scoring—Clevinger earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Ray earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Martinez and La Stella each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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)

8/30 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +8.2 CLE 5, MIN 3 Mike Clevinger (W, 10‑7) 6.2 4 2 0 1 9
NL +6.1 ARI 3, LAD 1 Robbie Ray (W, 4‑2) 5.1 4 1 1 2 9
+6.0 LAA 5, HOU 2 Andrew Heaney (W, 8‑8) 6.0 5 0 0 1 6
+5.2 STL 5, PIT 0 John Gant (W, 6‑5) 5.2 3 0 0 3 6
+5.1 `MIL 2, CIN 1 (F/11) Wade Miley 7.1 5 1 1 1 6
+5.0 SEA 7, OAK 1 Wade LeBlanc (W, 8‑3) 7.0 3 0 0 3 4
+4.0 `SD 3, COL 2 (F/13) Eric Lauer 5.0 0 1 0 2 2
BAT +3.0 DET 8, NYY 7 Victor Martinez DH 5 2 2 4
BAT +3.0 CHC 5, ATL 4 Tommy La Stella PH 1 1 1 2
+3.0 BOS 9, CHW 4 Blake Swihart PH‑C 1 2 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 +/‑
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 10.0 21.4 24.4 24.4 -1.4
LeBlanc, Wade 2669 pi sp sea al 9.7 13.7 16.7 23.7 +5.7
Heaney, Andrew 3515 pi sp ana al 6.7 7.7 11.7 11.7 +5.7
Gant, John 3660 pi sp stl nl 6.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 +6.0
Martinez, Victor 1695 dh det al 4.0 5.0 26.7 77.1 +3.0
La Stella, Tommy 3367 2b ph chi nl 4.0 4.0 8.0 8.0 +4.0
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 3.7 19.7 30.4 30.4 -12.3
Miley, Wade 3006 pi sp mil nl 3.0 6.7 30.4 43.1 -0.7
Lauer, Eric 4017 pi sp sd nl 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 +2.7
Swihart, Blake 3565 ca ph bos al 1.0 1.0 5.0 5.0 +1.0
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