Angels’ Andrew Heaney tops players for Sunday, Sept. 9; Braves’ Acuna tops NL players

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Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney is Sunday’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 Sept. 9:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 20.1
3 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 19.1
4 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 19.1
5 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 18.7
6 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 17.7
7 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 17.1
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 17.0
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 16.4
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
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Heaney struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 1-0 win over the White Sox.

Heaney earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 8.7 for the season, 27th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Ronald Acuna Jr. doubled and went 2-for-3, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

Acuna earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 8.2 for the season, third among NL batters.

American League Batter of the Day—Teoscar Hernandez of the Blue Jays hit a three-run homer and doubled, going 2-for-2, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 6-2 win over the Indians.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Sunday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Ronald Acuna Jr.

Notable—Mariners closing pitcher Edwin Diaz has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 13 who earned Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Diaz (1IP 0H 0R 0BB K Sv in the 3-2 win over the Yankees) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 9.0 for the season, 43rd among all players and first among AL closing pitchers.

Debut—Twins pitcher Chase De Jong made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

De Jong (4IP H 0R 4BB 5K ND in the 3-1 win over the Royals) made his Major League debut April 5, 2017, and was playing in his eighth career game. 

Scoring—Heaney earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Acuna earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Herandnez earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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)

9/9 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +16.0 LAA 1, CHW 0 Andrew Heaney (W, 9‑9) 7.0 3 0 0 0 12
NL +4.0 ATL 9, ARI 5 Ronald Acuna LF 3 3 2 2
BAT +4.0 TOR 6, CLE 2 Teoscar Hernandez LF 2 1 2 3
+4.0 NYM 6, PHI 4 Seth Lugo (S, 2) 2.0 1 1 1 0 5
+4.0 `MIN 3, KC 1 Chase De Jong 4.0 1 0 0 4 5
+3.1 MIL 6, SF 3 Corey Knebel (S, 15) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 LAD 9, COL 6 Justin Turner 3B 5 2 4 2
+3.0 BOS 6, HOU 5 Craig Kimbrel (W, 5‑1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 SD 7, CIN 6 Kirby Yates (S, 7) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.2 STL 5, DET 2 John Gant (W, 7‑5) 6.2 5 2 2 1 6
+2.1 OAK 7, TEX 3 Shawn Kelley (W, 2‑0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1
+2.0 SEA 3, NYY 2 Edwin Diaz (S, 54) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
+1.0 TB 8, BAL 3 Mallex Smith LF 4 2 3 0
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 +/‑
Diaz, Edwin 3690 pi cp sea al 9.0 18.0 25.0 25.0 0.0
Heaney, Andrew 3515 pi sp ana al 8.7 9.7 13.7 13.7 +7.7
Acuña, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf atl nl 8.2 8.2 8.2 8.2 +8.2
Kimbrel, Craig 2825 pi cp bos al 7.0 15.7 53.4 74.4 -1.7
Gant, John 3660 pi sp stl nl 7.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 +7.0
Smith, Mallex 3819 cf rf lf tb al 5.0 7.5 7.5 7.5 +2.5
Knebel, Corey 3757 pi cp mil nl 4.0 10.0 11.0 11.0 -2.0
Lugo, Seth 3729 pi mr sp cp nym nl 4.0 8.0 9.0 9.0 0.0
Yates, Kirby 3628 pi cp sd nl 4.0 6.0 8.0 8.0 +2.0
Hernandez, Teoscar 3713 lf tor al 2.5 4.2 5.7 5.7 +0.8
Turner, Justin 2865 3b lad nl 2.0 4.5 12.0 16.5 -0.5
Kelley, Shawn 2630 pi mr oak al 1.0 1.0 8.0 11.0 +1.0
De Jong, Chase 4063 pi sp min al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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