Mets’ Steven Matz tops players for Saturday, April 6; Mariners’ Beckham rises to 4th in player rankings

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Mets pitcher Steven Matz 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 6.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 3.7
2 Shoemaker, Matt 3290 pi sp tor al 3.7
3 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf 1b lad nl 3.7
4 Beckham, Tim 3452 ss dh sea al 3.5
5 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 3.0
6 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 2.7
7 Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 2.7
8 Moore, Matt 2975 pi sp det al 2.7
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 2.0
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 2.0
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Also Saturday, two players rise into Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 list: Tim Beckham of the Mariners rises to fourth place after earning American League Batter of the Day honors and Tigers pitcher Matt Moore rises to eighth place after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Matz struck out eight over five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and four walks, in the 6-5 win over the Nationals. Matz did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Nationals took the lead after he exited.

Matz earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the season, and rises to 17th in season player rankings.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco struck out 12 over five innings, allowing two runs, six hits and one walk, in the 7-2 win over the Blue Jays.

National League Batter of the Day—Jason Heyward of the Cubs hit two home runs and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 14-8 win over the Brewers.

American League Batter of the Day—Tim Beckham of the Mariners hit a three-run homer and doubled, going 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 9-2 win over the White Sox.

Beckham had a Box-Toppers game score of +4.0, same as two other AL batters who earned Player of the Game honors Saturday, but Beckham ranked ahead, winning AL Batter of the Day, because he had the most at bats.

Beckham earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 3.5 for the season, rising to fourth in season player rankings, first among AL batters.

Rankings—Tigers pitcher Matt Moore rises to eighth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Moore (3IP H 0R 2BB 4K ND in the 7-4 win over the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.7 for the season.

Notable—Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano now has 106.2 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Liriano (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K W in the 6-5, 10-inning win over the Reds) rises to 67th place in career points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 1.0 point earned Saturday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Aramis Ramirez (105.8) and Frank Thomas (106.2). He trails 66th-ranked player James Shields (106.4).

This was Liriano’s first Box-Toppers point and Player of the Game honor since June 14, 2017, when he was with the Blue Jays and his first career point as a closing pitcher. All his previous points earned from 2005 to 2017 were as a starting pitcher.

Debut—Carson Kelly of the Diamondbacks made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Kelly (2B 2-4 R 3BI in the 5-4 win over the Red Sox) made his Major League debut Sept. 5, 2016, and was playing in his 69th career game.

Scoring—Matz earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Carrasco earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Heyward and Beckham 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)

4/6 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +7.0 `NYM 6, WSH 5 Steven Matz 5.0 2 0 0 4 8
BAT +6.0 CHC 14, MIL 8 Jason Heyward RF 3 3 3 3
AL +6.0 CLE 7, TOR 2 Carlos Carrasco (W, 1‑1) 5.0 6 2 2 1 12
+5.0 `DET 7, KC 4 Matt Moore 3.0 1 0 0 0 3
BAT +4.0 SEA 9, CHW 2 Tim Beckham SS 5 2 4 3
+4.0 MIA 4, ATL 2 Jorge Alfaro C 4 2 3 3
+4.0 LAA 5, TEX 1 Mike Trout CF 2 1 1 4
+4.0 MIN 6, PHI 2 Eddie Rosario LF 1 1 1 3
+3.2 HOU 6, OAK 0 Wade Miley (W, 1‑1) 5.2 4 0 0 2 4
+3.0 NYY 6, BAL 4 Clint Frazier PH‑LF 2 1 1 3
+3.0 PIT 6, CIN 5 (F/10) Francisco Liriano (W, 1‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.1 LAD 7, COL 2 Kenley Jansen (S, 4) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2
+2.0 SF 6, TB 4 Brandon Belt 1B 4 1 2 3
+2.0 ARI 5, BOS 4 Carson Kelly C 4 1 2 3
+1.2 `SD 6, STL 4 Chris Paddack 3.2 1 1 0 4 4
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 +/‑
Beckham, Tim 3452 ss dh 2b sea al 3.5 5.0 9.0 9.0 +2.0
Moore, Matt 2975 pi sp det al 2.7 3.7 20.8 46.3 +1.7
Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp nym nl 2.0 7.7 24.3 24.3 -3.7
Belt, Brandon 2943 1b lf sf nl 2.0 6.0 19.0 29.0 -2.0
Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 1.7 20.8 83.7 89.1 -17.4
Heyward, Jason 2695 rf chi nl 1.5 3.5 9.0 24.0 -0.5
Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 1.0 9.0 47.0 63.0 -7.0
Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf min al 1.0 8.5 19.2 19.2 -6.5
Miley, Wade 3006 pi sp hou al 1.0 5.0 26.4 45.1 -3.0
Alfaro, Jorge 3920 ca fla nl 1.0 3.5 4.5 4.5 -1.5
Jansen, Kenley 2871 pi cp lad nl 1.0 3.0 26.0 46.4 -1.0
Liriano, Francisco 2104 pi cp sp pit nl 1.0 1.0 37.0 106.2 +1.0
Frazier, Clint 3847 lf nyy al 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 +1.0
Kelly, Carson 4098 ca ari nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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