Cubs’ Jose Quintana tops players for Thursday, April 11; Mets’ Matz rises to 10th in player rankings

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Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Thursday, Mets pitcher Steven Matz rises to 10th place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 11.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 5.2
2 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 4.0
3 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 4.0
4 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 4.0
5 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 3.7
6 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp mr tb al 3.7
7 Shoemaker, Matt 3290 pi sp tor al 3.7
8 Beckham, Tim 3452 ss dh sea al 3.5
9 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 3.0
10 Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp nym nl 3.0
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Player of the Day—Quintana struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 2-0 win over the Pirates.

Quintana earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the season, and rises to 20th in season player rankings.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Shane Bieber struck out six over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 4-0 win over the Tigers.

American League Batter of the Day—Rafael Devers of the Red Sox hit a walk-off, RBI single in the 7-6 win over the Blue Jays. Devers also doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in two runs.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no NL Batter of the Day for Thursday because no NL batters earned Player of the Game honors. In fact, in Thursday’s 10 games, only one batter earned Player of the Game honors—Rafael Devers of the Red Sox, the AL Batter of the Day.

Rankings—Mets pitcher Steven Matz rises to 10th place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Matz (6IP 4H 2R BB 8K W in the 6-3, win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 3.0 for the season. He ranks third among NL pitchers.

Debut—Three players made their Box-Toppers debut Thursday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Mariners pitcher Brandon Brennan (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 7-6, 10-inning win over the Royals) made his Major League debut March 21 and was playing in his seventh career game.

  • Cardinals pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (1.1IP H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 11-7 win over the Dodgers) made his Major League debut May 12, 2017, and was playing in his 23rd career game.

  • Padres pitcher Pedro Avila (5.1IP 4H R 2BB 5K ND in the 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks) was making his Major League debut Thursday.

Scoring—Quintana earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bieber earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Devers earns 1.5 points for being AL 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)

4/11 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 CHC 2, PIT 0 Jose Quintana (W, 1‑1) 7.0 4 0 0 1 11
+10.0 SF 1, COL 0 Jeff Samardzija (W, 1‑0) 7.0 3 0 0 1 7
AL +9.0 CLE 4, DET 0 Shane Bieber (W, 1‑0) 7.0 3 0 0 1 6
+8.0 `CIN 5, MIA 0 Sonny Gray 4.0 2 0 0 0 6
+5.0 NYM 6, ATL 3 Steven Matz (W, 1‑0) 6.0 4 2 2 1 8
+4.0 SEA 7, KC 6 (F/10) Brandon Brennan (W, 1‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.1 STL 11, LAD 7 Giovanny Gallegos (W, 1‑0) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3
+3.0 OAK 8, BAL 5 Blake Treinen (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.1 `SD 7, ARI 6 Pedro Avila 5.1 4 1 1 2 5
BAT +1.0 BOS 7, TOR 6 Rafael Devers 3B 4 1 2 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 (’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 +/‑
Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp nym nl 3.0 8.7 25.3 25.3 -2.7
Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 2.7 9.1 9.1 9.1 -3.7
Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 2.0 12.1 50.2 62.3 -8.1
Devers, Rafael 4038 3b bos al 1.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 -1.0
Treinen, Blake 3495 pi cp oak al 1.0 11.0 13.0 13.0 -9.0
Gray, Sonny 3259 pi sp cin nl 1.0 9.7 46.9 50.9 -7.7
Samardzija, Jeff 2495 pi sp sf nl 1.0 1.0 39.1 61.8 +1.0
Avila, Pedro 4105 pi sp sd nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Brennan, Brandon 4103 pi mr sea al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Gallegos, Giovanny 4104 pi mr stl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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