Rangers’ Minor tops players for Saturday, April 27; Hader, Ozuna rise in player rankings top 10

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Rangers pitcher Mike Minor 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 27.
 
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 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 5.0
5 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 5.0
6 Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 4.7
7 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 4.7
8 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 4.5
9 Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 4.5
10 Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 4.5
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Also Saturday, two players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 after earning Player of the Game honors—Brewers pitcher Josh Hader rises to fourth place and Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals rises to 10th place.

Player of the Day—Minor struck out 13 over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 15-1 win over the Mariners.

Minor earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, rising to 14th place in season player rankings, fifth among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck out eight over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and no walks, in the 3-1 win over the Pirates.

Kershaw earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 217.5 career points, third among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails second-ranked player Pedro Martinez (244.8). Kershaw leads active players in career points, ahead of second-place player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (201.4). Kershaw now has 2.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 12th among NL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—Hunter Dozier of the Royals hit two triples and went 4-for-5, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 9-4 win over the Angels.

National League Batter of the Day—Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals hit a three-run homer and doubled in the 6-3 win over the Reds. Ozuna went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in five runs.

Ozuna earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 4.5 for the season, rising to 10th place in overall season player rankings, third among NL batters.

Rankings—Brewers closing pitcher Josh Hader rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings—first place among NL pitchers—after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Hader (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 5K Sv in the 8-6 win over the Mets) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 5.0 for the season. He passes previous NL pitching leader, Chris Paddack of the Padres (5.0). (Though both Hader and Paddack have 5.0 Box-Toppers points, Hader holds the tiebreaking edge because he has more 2018 points—11.7 vs. 0.0.)

Streak—Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ has now earned Box-Toppers points in 12 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Saturday.

Happ (7IP 5H 0R 0BB 2K Win the 6-4 win over the Giants) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2008 with the Phillies and has 73.6 career Box-Toppers points, ninth among active AL pitchers. His best season was 2018 with the Blue Jays and Yankees, when he had 15.7 Box-Toppers points, 10th among AL pitchers. He ranked third among AL pitchers in 2016 with the Blue Jays when he had 14.7 points.

Scoring—Minor earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Kershaw earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Dozier and Ozuna 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)

4/27 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +14.0 TEX 15, SEA 1 Mike Minor (W, 3‑2) 7.0 3 1 1 1 13
NL +9.0 LAD 3, PIT 1 Clayton Kershaw (W, 1‑0) 7.0 4 1 1 0 8
+7.0 MIL 8, NYM 6 Josh Hader (S, 6) 2.0 0 0 0 0 5
+6.0 CHC 9, ARI 1 Yu Darvish (W, 2‑3) 6.0 2 1 1 4 8
+6.0 `HOU 4, CLE 3 (F/10) Brad Peacock 6.0 4 1 1 1 7
+5.0 TB 2, BOS 1 Charlie Morton (W, 3‑0) 6.0 2 0 0 4 5
BAT +4.0 KC 9, LAA 4 Hunter Dozier DH 5 1 4 4
BAT +4.0 STL 6, CIN 3 Marcell Ozuna LF 4 1 2 5
+4.0 MIN 9, BAL 2 Max Kepler CF‑RF 4 2 2 4
+4.0 NYY 6, SF 4 J.A. Happ (W, 1‑2) 7.0 5 0 0 0 2
+4.0 SD 8, WSH 3 (F/10) Luis Perdomo (W, 1‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.0 `TOR 7, OAK 1 Sam Gaviglio 3.0 2 0 0 0 3
+2.0 PHI 12, MIA 9 Maikel Franco 3B 4 2 2 2
+2.0 COL 9, ATL 5 Bryan Shaw (W, 1‑0) 2.0 1 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 +/‑
Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 5.0 16.7 19.7 19.7 -6.7
Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 4.5 7.0 32.2 34.7 +2.0
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 4.0 11.7 20.1 40.8 -3.7
Peacock, Brad 2968 pi sp mr hou al 3.0 7.0 18.1 23.8 -1.0
Gaviglio, Sam 3802 pi mr tor al 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 +3.0
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 2.7 10.7 115.4 217.5 -5.3
Dozier, Hunter 4114 3b dh kc al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 2.0 16.8 38.2 52.2 -12.8
Franco, Maikel 3510 3b phi nl 2.0 7.0 17.4 17.4 -3.0
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 1.0 16.7 54.9 73.6 -14.7
Darvish, Yu 3003 pi sp chi nl 1.0 6.4 42.2 75.0 -4.4
Kepler, Max 3664 cf rf min al 1.0 4.5 12.5 12.5 -2.5
Perdomo, Luis D. 3715 pi mr sp sd nl 1.0 2.0 6.0 6.0 0.0
Shaw, Bryan 2995 pi mr cp col nl 1.0 1.0 7.0 10.0 +1.0
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