Cardinals’ Dexter Fowler tops players for Monday, April 22; Athletics’ Bassitt tops AL players

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Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 22.
 
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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Dexter Fowler of the Cardinals is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Fowler homered and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 13-5 win over the Brewers.

Fowler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the season and ranks 66th among all players, eighth among National League batters.

This was Fowler’s first Player of the Game honor since Sept. 21, 2017. He had no Box-Toppers points in 2018 after earning 9.0 in 2017, which was ninth among NL batters. It is also Fowler’s first-ever overall Box-Toppers Player of the Day honor. He has 29.0 career Box-Toppers points since 2010 and has earned NL Batter of the Day honors nine times (worth 1.5 points), but was never previously overall Player of the Day (worth 2.0 points) until Monday.

American League Player of the Day—Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt struck out seven over five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and four walks, in the 6-1 win over the Rangers.

American League Batter of the Day—Jorge Polanco of the Twins homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 9-5 win over the Astros.

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 Dexter Fowler.

Notable—Mets pitcher Steven Matz has the most 2019 Box-Toppers points among Monday’s Player of the Game winners.

Matz (6IP 3H R 2BB 6K W in the 5-1 win over the Phillies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 4.0 for the season and ranks 11th among all players, fifth among NL pitchers.

Debut—Yankees pitcher Jonathan Holder made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Holder (2IP 0H 0R BB 3K W in the 4-3, 14-inning win over the Angels) made his Major League debut Sept. 2, 2016, and was playing in his 113th career game. 

Scoring—Fowler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bassitt earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Polanco 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)

4/22 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +6.0 STL 13, MIL 5 Dexter Fowler CF‑RF 5 3 4 4
AL +6.0 OAK 6, TEX 1 Chris Bassitt (W, 1‑0) 5.0 2 0 0 4 7
BAT +5.0 MIN 9, HOU 5 Jorge Polanco SS 5 2 4 4
+5.0 NYM 5, PHI 1 Steven Matz (W, 2‑1) 6.0 3 1 1 2 6
+4.0 CHW 12, BAL 2 Jose Abreu 1B 6 2 3 5
+4.0 COL 7, WSH 5 Nolan Arenado 3B 4 3 3 2
+4.0 NYY 4, LAA 3 (F/14) Jonathan Holder (W, 1‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 1 3
+3.0 ARI 12, PIT 4 Eduardo Escobar 3B 5 2 3 3
+2.0 TB 6, KC 3 Mike Zunino C 2 1 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 2014-2019 (’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 4.0 9.7 26.3 26.3 -1.7
Fowler, Dexter 2698 cf rf stl nl 2.0 2.0 17.0 29.0 +2.0
Bassitt, Chris 3413 pi sp mr oak al 1.7 3.7 7.7 7.7 -0.3
Polanco, Jorge 3739 ss min al 1.5 1.5 7.0 7.0 +1.5
Arenado, Nolan 3306 3b col nl 1.0 6.0 35.9 35.9 -4.0
Abreu, Jose 3308 1b chi al 1.0 6.0 27.0 27.0 -4.0
Escobar, Eduardo 3135 3b ari nl 1.0 5.5 19.9 20.9 -3.5
Zunino, Mike 3390 ca tb al 1.0 1.0 10.0 10.0 +1.0
Holder, Jonathan 4118 pi cp nyy al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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