Rays’ Blake Snell tops players for Monday, April 8, rises to 2nd in season player rankings

Rays pitcher Blake Snell is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to second place in 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 8.
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 5.2
2 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 4.0
3 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 4.0
4 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 4.0
5 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 3.7
6 Shoemaker, Matt 3290 pi sp tor al 3.7
7 Beckham, Tim 3452 ss dh sea al 3.5
8 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 2.7
9 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 2.7
10 Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 2.7
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Snell struck out 11 over six innings, allowing one run, six hits and no walks, in the 5-1 win over the White Sox.

Snell earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, rising to second place in season player rankings, behind leader Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (5.2 points). Snell ranks first among American League players.

This is the second time Snell has earned Player of the Day honors in 2019, which already is as many times as he did in 2018, even though he led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2018 (27.2).

National League Player of the Day—Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves homered and went 2-for-3, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 8-6 win over the Rockies.

American League Batter of the Day—Cedric Mullins of the Orioles hit two triples and went 2-for-2, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 12-4 win over the Athletics.

This was Mulins’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Mullins made his Major League debut Aug. 10, 2018, and was playing in his 54th career game.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Ronald Acuna Jr.

Streak—Angels pitcher Trevor Cahill has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 5-2 win over the Brewers (6IP 5H 2R BB 8K W).

Cahill earned his first points in 2009 with the Athletics and has 56.6 career points, 20th among active AL pitchers. His best season was 2010 with the Athletics when he had 10.4 points, 14th among AL pitchers.

In 2018, he had 9.0 Box-Toppers points with the Athletics, 26th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Tatis (HR 1-2 2R 2BI in the 6-5 win over the Giants) made his Major League debut March 28 and was playing in his 11th career game. 

He is the son of Fernando Tatis, who played from 1997 to 2010. The senior Tatis earned 32.7 career Box-Toppers points from 1997 to 2009. His best season was 1999 with the Cardinals when he had 12.2 Box-Toppers points, sixth among NL batters.

Scoring—Snell earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Acuna earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Mullins earn 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)

4/8 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 TB 5, CHW 1 Blake Snell (W, 2‑1) 6.0 6 1 1 0 11
+6.0 SEA 13, KC 5 Roenis Elias (W, 1‑0) 3.0 0 0 0 1 4
BAT +5.0 BAL 12, OAK 4 Cedric Mullins CF 2 2 2 3
NL +4.0 ATL 8, COL 6 Ronald Acuna LF 3 3 2 2
+4.0 LAA 5, MIL 2 Trevor Cahill (W, 1‑1) 6.0 5 2 2 1 8
+4.0 `CHC 10, PIT 0 Brandon Kintzler 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 SD 6, SF 5 Fernando Tatis SS 2 2 1 2
+2.0 PHI 4, WSH 3 Rhys Hoskins 1B 4 2 2 2
+2.0 HOU 4, NYY 3 Ryan Pressly (W, 1‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
+1.0 STL 4, LAD 3 Marcell Ozuna LF 3 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 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 +/‑
Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 4.0 31.2 40.2 40.2 -23.2
Hoskins, Rhys 3909 1b lf phi nl 2.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 0.0
Acuna, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf atl nl 1.7 10.9 10.9 10.9 -7.5
Mullins, Cedric 4100 cf bal al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Cahill, Trevor 2658 pi sp ana al 1.0 10.0 22.4 56.6 -8.0
Elias, Roenis 3309 pi mr sp sea al 1.0 3.7 15.4 15.4 -1.7
Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 1.0 3.5 28.7 31.2 -1.5
Kintzler, Brandon 3150 pi mr cp chi nl 1.0 2.0 8.0 10.0 0.0
Pressly, Ryan 3186 pi mr hou al 1.0 1.0 5.0 7.0 +1.0
Tatis, Fernando Jr. 4101 ss sd nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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