Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman tops players for Friday, April 26; Phillies’ Eickhoff tops NL players

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Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is Friday’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 26.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 6.4
2 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 5.4
3 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 5.2
4 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 5.0
5 Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 4.7
6 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 4.7
7 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 4.5
8 Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 4.5
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 4.0
10 Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 4.0
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Stroman struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks in the 4-2 win over the Athletics. Stroman did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Athletics tied the game after he exited.

Stroman earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 27th among all players and 11th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff struck out six over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 4-0 win over the Marlins.

American League Batter of the Day—Jose Abreu of the White Sox homered and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 12-11 win over the Tigers.

National League Batter of the Day—Wilmer Flores of the Diamondbacks went 2-for-3, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 8-3 win over the Cubs.

Streak—Rockies closing pitcher Wade Davis has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Friday.

Davis (0.1IP 0H 0R 0BB K Sv in the 8-4 win over the Braves) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2009 with the Rays and has 39.0 career points, fourth among active NL closers. His best years were 2014 with the Royals and 2018 with the Rockies, when he had 7.0 points each season. In 2014, he ranked first among AL middle relievers. In 2018, he ranked second among NL closers.

Notable—Indians closing pitcher Brad Hand earned Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Friday.

Hand (1IP 0H 0R BB 3K Sv in the 6-3 win over the Astros) was also Player of the Game Thursday in the 2-1 win over the Astros (1IP 0H 0R 0BB K Sv). Hand has 2.0 Box-Toppers points for the season.

Scoring—Stroman earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Eickhoff earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Abreu and Flores each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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)

4/26 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 `TOR 4, OAK 2 Marcus Stroman 7.0 1 0 0 2 7
NL +10.0 PHI 4, MIA 0 Jerad Eickhoff (W, 1‑1) 7.0 2 0 0 1 6
BAT +6.0 CHW 12, DET 11 Jose Abreu 1B 5 2 4 5
+6.0 `SD 4, WSH 3 Matt Strahm 6.0 4 2 2 0 8
+5.0 LAD 6, PIT 2 Hyun‑Jin Ryu (W, 3‑1) 7.0 8 2 2 0 10
+5.0 CIN 12, STL 1 Anthony DeSclafani (W, 1‑1) 6.0 4 0 0 3 6
+4.0 NYY 7, SF 3 Luke Voit 1B 4 2 3 3
+4.0 LAA 5, KC 1 Tyler Skaggs (W, 2‑2) 5.0 3 0 0 3 5
+4.0 SEA 5, TEX 4 (F/11) Roenis Elias (W, 2‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.1 MIL 10, NYM 2 Matt Albers (W, 2‑1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 MIN 6, BAL 1 Nelson Cruz DH 4 2 3 2
BAT +3.0 ARI 8, CHC 3 Wilmer Flores 2B 3 1 2 3
+3.0 CLE 6, HOU 3 Brad Hand (S, 8) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3
+1.1 COL 8, ATL 4 Wade Davis (S, 4) 0.1 0 0 0 0 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 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 +/‑
Stroman, Marcus 3327 pi sp tor al 3.0 6.0 33.8 33.8 0.0
Eickhoff, Jerad 3566 pi cp sp phi nl 2.7 2.7 18.7 18.7 +2.7
Abreu, Jose 3308 1b chi al 2.5 7.5 28.5 28.5 -2.5
Voit, Luke 4053 dh 1b nyy al 2.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 -1.5
Cruz, Nelson 2224 dh min al 2.5 5.0 27.5 64.2 0.0
Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 2.0 12.1 28.5 38.2 -8.1
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp cle al 2.0 9.0 22.7 23.7 -5.0
DeSclafani, Anthony 3441 pi sp cin nl 2.0 6.0 17.7 17.7 -2.0
Elias, Roenis 3309 pi mr cp sp sea al 2.0 4.7 16.4 16.4 -0.7
Flores, Wilmer 3345 2b 1b 3b ari nl 1.5 4.0 13.5 13.5 -1.0
Skaggs, Tyler 3183 pi sp ana al 1.0 8.7 21.4 24.1 -6.7
Davis, Wade 2681 pi cp col nl 1.0 8.0 28.0 39.0 -6.0
Strahm, Matt 3724 pi sp cp mr sd nl 1.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 -2.0
Albers, Matt 2274 pi mr cp mil nl 1.0 2.0 7.0 10.0 0.0
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