Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg tops players for Sunday, April 21, rises to 10th in season player rankings

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Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to 10th place in season player rankings.

Strasburg struck out 11 over eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, in the 5-0 win over the Marlins.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 21.
 
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 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 4.0
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Strasburg earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, rising to 10th place in season player rankings, fourth among National League pitchers.

Strasburg also now has 116.1 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 49th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Sunday, he passes four players on the “all-time” list—Josh Beckett (114.9), Tim Lincecum (115.0), Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (115.4) and Torii Hunter (115.9). Strasburg now trails 48th-ranked player Todd Helton (116.4). He ranks 14th among active players in career points.

American League Player of the Day—Yankees pitcher James Paxton struck out 12 over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 7-6, 10-inning win over the Royals. Paxton did not earn the win, picking up the no-decision, because the Royals took the lead after he exited.

National League Batter of the Day—Josh Donaldson of the Braves hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, in the 11-5 win over the Indians. Donaldson went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in four runs.

American League Batter of the Day—Joey Gallo of the Rangers tripled and went 2-for-3, scoring once and driving in five runs, in the 11-10 win over the Astros.

Gallo earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, rising to first place among AL batters, passing previous leader Tim Beckham of the Mariners (3.5). Gallo ranks 11th among all players.

Notable—Red Sox pitcher David Price now has 128.0 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Price (5IP 5H 2R 2BB 10K ND in the 4-3, 11-inning win over the Rays) rises to 35th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 1.0 point Sunday, he passes four players on the “all-time” list—Roy Oswalt (127.2), John Lackey (127.2), A.J. Burnett (127.8) and Jered Weaver (127.8). Price now trails 34th-ranked player Vladimir Guerrero (128.3). Price ranks 12th among active players in career points.

Scoring—Strasburg earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Paxton earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Donaldson and Gallo 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)

4/21 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +15.0 WSH 5, MIA 0 Stephen Strasburg (W, 2‑1) 8.0 2 0 0 2 11
AL +14.0 `NYY 7, KC 6 (F/10) James Paxton 6.0 3 0 0 1 12
+8.0 DET 4, CHW 3 Daniel Norris (W, 1‑0) 5.0 2 0 0 1 6
BAT +6.0 ATL 11, CLE 5 Josh Donaldson 3B 4 3 3 4
+6.0 COL 4, PHI 1 Jon Gray (W, 2‑3) 6.0 1 0 0 4 5
BAT +5.0 TEX 11, HOU 10 Joey Gallo LF 3 1 2 5
+5.0 `CHC 2, ARI 1 Tyler Chatwood 6.0 2 0 0 2 3
+4.2 SD 4, CIN 3 Joey Lucchesi (W, 3‑2) 5.2 5 1 1 2 8
+4.0 LAD 6, MIL 5 Joc Pederson LF 5 3 4 2
+4.0 `BOS 4, TB 3 (F/11) David Price 5.0 5 2 2 2 10
+3.2 TOR 5, OAK 4 Daniel Hudson (W, 1‑1) 1.2 1 0 0 0 3
+3.0 LAA 8, SEA 6 Tommy La Stella DH 3 2 2 2
+3.0 MIN 4, BAL 3 Kyle Gibson (W, 1‑0) 6.0 5 2 2 0 6
+2.1 `STL 6, NYM 4 John Gant (H, 4) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1
+2.0 SF 3, PIT 2 Buster Posey C 4 1 2 3
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 +/‑
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 4.0 10.7 79.0 116.1 -2.7
Gallo, Joey 3485 lf dh tex al 4.0 9.0 17.0 17.0 -1.0
Paxton, James 3280 pi sp nyy al 3.7 20.7 42.8 45.5 -13.3
Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 3.7 9.7 9.7 9.7 -2.3
Price, David 2593 pi sp bos al 2.7 17.1 74.4 128.0 -11.7
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 2.0 13.7 25.4 25.4 -9.7
La Stella, Tommy 3367 2b dh ana al 2.0 6.0 10.0 10.0 -2.0
Donaldson, Josh 3144 3b atl nl 1.5 1.5 39.6 49.1 +1.5
Gibson, Kyle 3312 pi sp min al 1.0 8.4 27.4 27.4 -6.4
Gant, John 3660 pi mr sp stl nl 1.0 8.0 9.0 9.0 -6.0
Pederson, Joc 3621 lf lad nl 1.0 6.0 11.0 11.0 -4.0
Posey, Buster 2745 ca 1b sf nl 1.0 2.5 28.0 45.0 -0.5
Chatwood, Tyler 2856 pi sp chi nl 1.0 2.0 18.4 27.1 0.0
Norris, Daniel 3548 pi sp mr det al 1.0 2.0 10.0 10.0 0.0
Hudson, Dan 2776 pi mr tor al 1.0 2.0 5.0 22.0 0.0
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