Indians’ Mike Clevinger tops players for Sunday, April 7; Dodgers’ Bellinger regains player rankings lead

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Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of April 7.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 5.2
2 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 4.0
3 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 4.0
4 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 3.7
5 Shoemaker, Matt 3290 pi sp tor al 3.7
6 Beckham, Tim 3452 ss dh sea al 3.5
7 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 2.7
8 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 2.7
9 Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 2.7
10 Moore, Matt 2975 pi sp det al 2.7
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Also Sunday, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers regained the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning National League Batter of the Day honors, his fourth Player of the Game honor already this season.

Plus, two other players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday—Brewers pitcher Josh Hader rises to third place and Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin rises to 10th.

Player of the Day—Clevinger struck out 10 over five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Clevinger earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 points for the season, second among all players and first among American League players.

National League Player of the Day—Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright struck out nine over six innings, allowing one run, five hits and no walks, in the 4-1 win over the Padres.

Wainwright earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, his first points of the season, and now has 120.9 career points, 42nd among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 41st-ranked player Gary Sheffield (124.1). He ranks 13th among active players in career points.

American League Batter of the Day—Daniel Vogelbach of the Mariners hit two home runs and doubled, going 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in six runs, in the 12-5 win over the White Sox.

National League Batter of the Day—Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring four times and driving in one run, in the 12-6 win over the Dodgers.

Bellinger earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 5.2 for the season, rising from third to first place in season player rankings. Previously, he led season player rankings from March 31 to April 2.

Bellinger has now earned Player of the Game honors in four of the Dodgers’ eight wins this season. By contrast, Bellinger earned Player of the Game honors seven times in all of 2017 and zero times in 2018 (despite playing in all 162 games).

No batter has led Box-Toppers season player rankings with this many points since 2014, when Chris Colabello of the Twins led players with 5.2 points from April 17 to 26. Colabello finished the season with 6.2 points.

Rankings—Two other players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 list after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

  • Brewers closing pitcher Josh Hader (2.2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K Sv in the 4-2 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 4.0 for the season, rising from fifth to third place.

  • Phillies pitcher Zach Eflin (7IP 6H R 0BB 5K W in the 2-1 win over the Twins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.7 for the season, rising to 10th place. All of Box-Toppers top 10 players have now earned Player of the Game honors more than once in 2019.

Debut—Angels pitcher Justin Anderson made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Anderson (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K W in the 7-2 win over the Rangers) made his Major League debut April 23, 2018, and was playing in his 62nd career game.

Scoring—Clevinger earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Wainwright earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Vogelbach and Bellinger 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)

4/7 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 CLE 3, TOR 1 Mike Clevinger (W, 1‑0) 5.0 1 0 0 1 10
NL +8.0 STL 4, SD 1 Adam Wainwright (W, 1‑0) 6.0 5 1 1 0 9
BAT +7.0 SEA 12, CHW 5 Daniel Vogelbach DH 4 2 3 6
+7.0 DET 3, KC 1 Tyson Ross (W, 1‑1) 7.0 5 1 1 1 8
+7.0 TB 3, SF 0 Yonny Chirinos (W, 2‑0) 5.0 2 0 0 1 5
+6.0 NYY 15, BAL 3 Gary Sanchez DH 6 3 3 6
+5.2 MIL 4, CHC 2 Josh Hader (S, 5) 2.2 0 0 0 0 3
+5.0 `BOS 1, ARI 0 Hector Velazquez 3.0 1 0 0 0 3
BAT +4.0 LAD 12, COL 6 Cody Bellinger RF 4 4 3 1
+4.0 HOU 9, OAK 8 Aledmys Diaz 1B 4 2 2 4
+4.0 WSH 12, NYM 9 Anthony Rendon 3B 3 3 1 3
+4.0 PHI 2, MIN 1 Zach Eflin (W, 2‑0) 7.0 6 1 1 0 5
+3.0 PIT 7, CIN 5 Melky Cabrera RF 4 2 3 2
+3.0 LAA 7, TEX 2 Justin Anderson (W, 2‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 ATL 4, MIA 3 Freddie Freeman 1B 4 2 2 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 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 +/‑
Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 5.2 5.2 13.9 13.9 +5.2
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 4.0 17.7 32.1 32.1 -9.7
Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 4.0 15.7 18.7 18.7 -7.7
Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 2.7 10.4 15.4 15.4 -5.0
Chirinos, Yonny 4039 pi sp mr tb al 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Wainwright, Adam 2150 pi sp stl nl 1.7 3.4 40.8 120.9 0.0
Vogelbach, Daniel 4070 dh sea al 1.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 0.0
Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 1.0 8.5 29.7 50.2 -6.5
Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b dc nl 1.0 7.5 26.5 27.5 -5.5
Ross, Tyson 2840 pi sp det al 1.0 7.0 20.7 30.4 -5.0
Sanchez, Gary 3701 dh ca nyy al 1.0 6.5 14.5 14.5 -4.5
Diaz, Aledmys 3612 1b ss hou al 1.0 5.0 11.5 11.5 -3.0
Velazquez, Hector 3853 pi sp cp mr bos al 1.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 -1.0
Cabrera, Melky 2143 rf pit nl 1.0 1.0 15.7 37.2 +1.0
Anderson, Justin 4099 pi mr ana al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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