Brewers’ Christian Yelich tops players for Monday, April 15; Indians’ Bauer rises to lead player rankings

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Christian Yelich of the Brewers is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to ninth place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 15.
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 5.4
2 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 5.2
3 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 4.0
4 Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 4.0
5 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 4.0
6 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 4.0
7 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp mr tb al 3.7
8 Shoemaker, Matt 3290 pi sp tor al 3.7
9 Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 3.5
10 Beckham, Tim 3452 ss dh sea al 3.5
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Also Monday, Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer rises to first place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Yelich hit three home runs, including two three-run shots, in the 10-7 win over the Cardinals. Yelich went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in seven runs.

Yelich earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.5 for the season, rising to ninth place in season player rankings, second among National League batters, behind Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (5.2). Yelich led NL batters in Box-Toppers points in 2018 with 11.5.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer struck out eight over 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run, five hits and three walks, in the 6-4 win over the Mariners.

Bauer earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 5.4 points on the season, rising from sixth to first in season player rankings, passing previous leader Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (5.2). Bauer also rises to first place among AL pitchers, passing previous leader Blake Snell of the Rays (4.0).

American League Batter of the Day—Teoscar Hernandez of the Blue Jays hit an eighth-inning, go-ahead, three-run homer in the 5-3 win over the twins. Hernandez went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in three runs.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall Player of the Day is NL batter Christian Yelich.

Streak—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has now earned Box-Toppers points in 12 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Monday.

Kershaw (7IP 5H 2R 0BB 6K ND in the 4-3 win over the Reds) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2008 with the Dodgers and now has 215.8 career points, third among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails second-ranked player Pedro Martinez (244.8). Kershaw ranks first in career points among active players.

Kershaw’s best season was 2014 with the Dodgers when he had 31.5 Box-Toppers points, first among all players. He has led all players in Box-Toppers points in a season three times (2011, 2013 and 2014) and finished among the top three in points in each season from 2011 to 2017. He earned 20 or more points for those seven straight seasons, the longest such streak since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.

However, in 2018, he earned just 8.0 Box-Toppers points, 73rd among all players.

Debut—Dwight Smith Jr. of the Orioles made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Smith (HR 2B 2-5 R 4BI in the 8-1 win over the Red Sox) made his Major League debut May 18, 2017, and was playing in his 63rd career game.

Scoring—Yelich earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bauer earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Hernandez earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)

4/15 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 MIL 10, STL 7 Christian Yelich RF 4 3 3 7
AL +4.2 CLE 6, SEA 4 Trevor Bauer (W, 2‑1) 6.2 5 1 1 3 8
+4.0 `LAD 4, CIN 3 Clayton Kershaw 7.0 5 2 2 0 6
+4.0 NYM 7, PHI 6 (F/11) Edwin Diaz (S, 6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
BAT +3.0 TOR 5, MIN 3 Tesoscar Hernandez LF 4 1 3 3
+3.0 CHC 7, MIA 2 Willson Contreras C 3 1 2 3
+2.0 TEX 12, LAA 7 Joey Gallo LF 5 2 3 2
+2.0 BAL 8, BOS 1 Dwight Smith LF 5 1 2 4
+2.0 COL 5, SD 2 Ian Desmond CF 4 1 2 3
+2.0 CHW 5, KC 4 Alex Colome (S, 4) 1.0 0 0 0 1 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 +/‑
Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 5.4 19.5 55.7 58.7 -8.7
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 3.5 15.0 35.5 35.5 -8.0
Gallo, Joey 3485 dh lf 1b tex al 2.5 7.5 15.5 15.5 -2.5
Hernandez, Teoscar 3713 lf tor al 1.5 4.0 7.2 7.2 -1.0
Diaz, Edwin 3690 pi cp nym nl 1.0 10.0 26.0 26.0 -8.0
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 1.0 9.0 113.7 215.8 -7.0
Contreras, Willson 3776 ca chi nl 1.0 6.0 11.5 11.5 -4.0
Colome, Alex 3189 pi cp chi al 1.0 4.0 26.7 27.7 -2.0
Desmond, Ian 2673 cf 1b col nl 1.0 3.5 14.7 31.7 -1.5
Smith, Dwight Jr. 4112 lf bal al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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