Blue Jays’ Gaviglio tops players for Saturday, April 20; Greinke passes Pujols on ’all-time’ points list

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Blue Jays pitcher Sam Gaviglio is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 20.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 5.4
2 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 5.2
3 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7
4 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 4.7
5 Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 4.5
6 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 4.0
7 Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 4.0
8 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 4.0
9 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 4.0
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 3.7
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Also Saturday, Reds pitcher Luis Castillo rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning National League Player of the Day honors. Plus, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke now has the sixth-most career Box-Toppers points since 1995, passing Albert Pujols on the “all-time” list, after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Player of the Day—Gaviglio struck out five over four scoreless middle-relief innings, allowing no hits and no walks, in the 10-1 win over the Athletics.

Gaviglio earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of 2019 and ranks 66th in season player rankings.

National League Player of the Day—Reds pitcher Luis Castillo struck out nine over six innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 4-2 win over the Padres.

Castillo earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 4.7 for the season, rising to fourth in season player rankings, first among NL pitchers, passing previous leader, German Marquez of the Rockies (4.0).

American League Batter of the Day—Nelson Cruz of the Twins hit two home runs and went 4-for-5, scoring four times and driving in three runs, in the 16-7 win over the Orioles.

Cruz has now earned Box-Toppers points in 14 straight seasons with his first Player of the Game honor of 2019. He earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Rangers and has 63.2 career points, eighth among active AL batters. His best season was 2014 with the Orioles when he had 8.5 points, sixth among AL batters. In 2018, he had 2.5 points with the Mariners. 

National League Batter of the Day—Curtis Granderson of the Marlins homered and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 9-3 win over the Nationals.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 215.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 201.4
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 191.7
7 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 190.8
8 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
9 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 182.8
10 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 181.8
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
13 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 168.2
14 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
15 Johan Santana pi sp retired 166.6
16 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
17 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 164.6
18 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp free agent 155.9
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Notable—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Grienke rises to sixth place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began) after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Greinke (6IP 3H 0R 2BB 4K W in the 6-0 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him  191.7 career points. With his point Saturday, he passes Albert Pujols of the Angels (190.8) on the “all-time” list and now trails fifth-ranked Curt Schilling (194.1). (It should be noted that Schilling would have an estimated 232 career Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked.)

Passing Pujols, Greinke now ranks third among active players in career points, behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (215.8) and Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (201.4).

Greinke now has 2.5 Box-Toppers points for 2019, 12th among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Daniel Vogelbach of the Mariners earns Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Saturday.

Vogelbach (HR 1-3 R BI in the 6-5 win over the Angels) was also Player of the Game Friday (HR 1-2 R 2BI in the 5-3 win over the Angels). Vogelbach now has 3.5 Box-Toppers points for 2019, second among AL batters, behind teammate Tim Beckham (3.5). (Though both have 3.5 points on the season, Beckham ranks ahead because he had more 2017 Box-Toppers points—3.0 vs. 0.0).

Debut—Cole Tucker of the Pirates made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Tucker (HR 1-3 R 2BI in the 3-1, five-inning win over the Giants) was also making his Major League debut.

Scoring—Gaviglio earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Castillo earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Cruz and Granderson each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

4/20 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 TOR 10, OAK 1 Sam Gaviglio (W, 2‑0) 4.0 0 0 0 0 5
NL +8.0 CIN 4, SD 2 Luis Castillo (W, 2‑1) 6.0 4 1 1 1 9
+7.0 MIL 5, LAD 0 Chase Anderson (W, 2‑0) 5.0 1 0 0 2 5
BAT +6.0 MIN 16, BAL 7 Nelson Cruz DH 5 4 4 3
+5.0 NYY 9, KC 2 Masahiro Tanaka (W, 2‑1) 7.0 4 1 1 3 7
+5.0 ARI 6, CHC 0 Zack Greinke (W, 3‑1) 6.0 3 0 0 2 4
+4.0 ATL 8, CLE 7 A.J. Minter (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.2 PHI 8, COL 5 Hector Neris (S, 3) 1.2 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 TEX 9, HOU 4 Asdrubal Cabrera 3B 4 2 2 3
+3.0 BOS 6, TB 5 Andrew Benintendi LF 4 1 1 5
+3.0 CLE 8, ATL 4 Max Moroff SS 3 2 2 2
BAT +3.0 MIA 9, WSH 3 Curtis Granderson LF 3 2 2 2
+2.0 STL 10, NYM 2 Jose Martinez RF‑LF 5 1 3 3
+2.0 MIN 6, BAL 5 Eddie Rosario LF 5 2 3 2
+1.0 PIT 3, SF 1 (F/5) Cole Tucker SS 3 1 1 2
0.0 SEA 6, LAA 5 Daniel Vogelbach DH 3 1 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 (’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 +/‑
Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 4.7 12.7 21.1 21.1 -3.3
Vogelbach, Daniel 4070 dh sea al 3.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 +2.0
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 2.5 15.5 82.5 191.7 -10.5
Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf min al 2.0 9.5 20.2 20.2 -5.5
Cabrera, Asdrubal 2362 3b 2b tex al 2.0 5.5 16.0 51.2 -1.5
Neris, Hector 3553 pi cp mr phi nl 2.0 4.0 14.0 14.0 0.0
Gaviglio, Sam 3802 pi mr tor al 2.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 +2.0
Granderson, Curtis 2051 dh rf fla nl 1.5 9.7 24.9 78.7 -6.7
Cruz, Nelson 2224 dh min al 1.5 4.0 26.5 63.2 -1.0
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 1.0 14.4 60.6 60.6 -12.4
Anderson, Chase 3328 pi sp mil nl 1.0 7.4 33.8 33.8 -5.4
Martinez, Jose 3830 rf lf 1b stl nl 1.0 7.0 11.0 11.0 -5.0
Minter, A.J. 3946 pi cp atl nl 1.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 -4.0
Benintendi, Andrew 3815 lf bos al 1.0 5.5 12.7 12.7 -3.5
Moroff, Maxwell 3926 ss cle al 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 +1.0
Tucker, Cole 4117 ss pit nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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