Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara tops player for Sunday, March 31; Dodgers’ Bellinger rises to player rankings lead

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Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Sunday, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers takes the early outright lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors for the second straight day.

Player of the Day—Alcantara struck out six over eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the Rockies.

Alcantara earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the season and ranks seventh in Box-Toppers season player rankings.

American League Player of the Day—Tigers pitcher Matt Moore struck out six over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Astros.

National League Batter of the Day—Christian Yelich of the Brewers homered, doubled and went 2-for-2, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 5-4 win over the Cardinals.

Yelich earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, his first points of the season. He led NL batters in 2018 with 11.5 points.

American League Batter of the Day—Renato Nunez of the Orioles hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 7-5 win over the Yankees.

This was Nunez’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Nunez made his Major League debut Sept. 12, 2016, and was playing in his 93rd career game.

New Box-Toppers points leader—Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers rises to first place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday for the second straight day.

Bellinger (HR 3-5 3R BI in the 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.7 for the season. Seven other players have 2.0 points.

Bellinger was NL Player of the Day Saturday. He earns back-to-back Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors after going all of 2018 without earning Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors, despite playing in all 162 games. Bellinger had 8.7 Box-Toppers points in 2017, 10th among NL batters.

Streak—Asdrubal Cabrera of the Rangers has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 11-10 win over the Cubs (HR 2-3 R 3BI). 

Cabrera earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2007 with the Indians and has 50.2 career points, 16th among active AL batters. 

His best season was 2011 with the Indians, when he had 14.7 points, first among AL batters. That was an anomalous year because in his second-best season he had more than 10 fewer points—4.5 in both 2008 and 2009. In 2018, he had 3.5 points with the Mets and Phillies.

Debuts—In addition to Nunez, two other players made their Box-Toppers debut Sunday with their first career Player of the Game honors:

  • Padres pitcher Chris Paddack (5IP 2R H BB 7K ND in the 3-1 win over the Giants) also made his Major League debut Sunday.

  • Omar Narvaez of the Mariners (HR 2-5 2R 3BI in the 10-8 win over the Red Sox) made his Major League debut July 17, 2016, and was playing in his 225th career game. 

Notable—Bryce Harper earned his first Box-Toppers point as a member of the Phillies Sunday after earning Player of the Game honors.

Harper (HR 2B 2-3 R BI in the 5-1 win over the Braves) signed a 13-year, $330 million free agent deal in the offseason with the Phillies. He earned 41.9 Box-Toppers points with the Nationals from 2012 to 2018. His 42.9 career points ranks 23rd among active NL batters.

Scoring—Alcantara earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Moore earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Yelich and Nunez each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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)

3/31 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 MIA 3, COL 0 Sandy Alcantara (W, 1‑0) 8.0 4 0 0 0 6
AL +10.0 `DET 4, TOR 3 (F/11) Matt Moore 7.0 2 0 0 1 6
+9.0 TB 3, HOU 1 Yonny Chirinos (W, 1‑0) 7.0 2 1 1 0 6
+8.0 PIT 5, CIN 0 Trevor Williams (W, 1‑0) 6.0 3 0 0 1 6
+7.0 OAK 2, LAA 1 Frankie Montas (W, 1‑0) 6.0 3 1 1 0 6
+7.0 `SD 3, SF 1 Chris Paddack 5.0 2 1 1 1 7
+7.0 `MIN 9, CLE 3 Miguel Pineda 4.0 1 0 0 1 5
+6.2 CHW 6, KC 3 Lucas Giolito (W, 1‑0) 6.2 3 2 2 1 8
BAT +5.0 MIL 5, STL 4 Christian Yelich RF 2 2 2 3
+4.0 WSH 6, NYM 5 Trea Turner SS 5 3 2 4
BAT +3.0 BAL 7, NYY 5 Renato Nunez DH 4 2 2 3
+3.0 TEX 11, CHC 10 Asdrubal Cabrera 3B 3 1 2 3
+2.0 LAD 8, ARI 7 Cody Bellinger 1B 5 3 3 1
+2.0 SEA 10, BOS 8 Omar Narvaez C 5 2 2 3
+1.0 PHI 5, ATL 1 Bryce Harper RF 3 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 (’19). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’18-19), the period 2013-2018 (’14-19) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2019 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2018 total (+/-).

Player of the Game Pos Team ’19 ’18‑19 ’14‑19 Career +/‑
Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf 1b lad nl 2.7 2.7 11.4 11.4 +2.7
Alcantara, Sandy 4061 pi sp fla nl 2.0 3.7 3.7 3.7 +0.3
Moore, Matt 2975 pi sp det al 1.7 2.7 19.8 45.3 +0.7
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 1.5 13.0 33.5 33.5 -10.0
Nunez, Renato 4094 dh bal al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Williams, Trevor 3792 pi sp pit nl 1.0 9.0 14.0 14.0 -7.0
Harper, Bryce 3011 rf phi nl 1.0 8.5 27.5 42.9 -6.5
Giolito, Lucas 3900 pi sp chi al 1.0 5.0 8.0 8.0 -3.0
Turner, Trea 3730 ss dc nl 1.0 5.0 9.2 9.2 -3.0
Cabrera, Asdrubal 2362 3b 2b tex al 1.0 4.5 15.0 50.2 -2.5
Montas, Frankie 3803 pi sp oak al 1.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 -1.0
Chirinos, Yonny 4039 pi sp mr tb al 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Pineda, Michael 2841 pi sp min al 1.0 1.0 27.4 39.1 +1.0
Narvaez, Omar 4095 ca sea al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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