Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu tops players for Sunday, May 12, rises to 10th in player rankings

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Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to 10th 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 May 12.
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 8.4
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 7.0
3 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7
4 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 6.7
5 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 6.7
6 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 6.4
7 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 6.2
8 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 6.2
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 6.0
10 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.7
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Ryu struck out nine over eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 6-0 win over the Nationals.

Ryu earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.7 for the season. He ranks sixth among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—George Springer of the Astros hit two homers and went 5-for-5, scoring five times and driving in four runs, in the 15-5 win over the Rangers.

Springer had a Box-Toppers game score of +9.0 Sunday, which is the highest-ranking game score for a batter earning Player of the Game honors so far this season. Two other batters have achieved game scores of +9.0 this year, but Springer’s ranks higher because he had the most at bats and hits in a game. The other two game scores of +9.0:

  • On May 3, Josh Phegley of the Athletics homered, hit two doubles and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in eight runs, in the 14-1 win over the Pirates, earning AL Batter of the Day.

  • On April 15, Christian Yelich of the Brewers hit three home runs, including two three-run shots, in the 10-7 win over the Cardinals. Yelich went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in seven runs, earning overall Player of the Day honors.

Though Springer had the highest-ranking game score for a batter among the three with +9.0 game scores, he didn’t receive the most Box-Toppers points. Yelich earned 2.0 points for being Player of the Day and Springer earned 1.7 for being AL Player of the Day. Phegley received 1.5 for being AL Batter of the Day.

And though Springer’s game score of +9.0 ranks highest for a batter this season, it ranks 74th among all players—73 pitchers earning Player of the Game honors had higher game scores. The highest game score for a Player of the Game this season is +17.0, done six times. The highest-ranking score was achieved April 14 by Rockies pitcher German Marquez (CG H 0R 0BB 9K W in the 4-0 win over the Giants).

In 2018, the highest game score for a batter earning Player of the Game honors was +13.0 achieved July 7 by Mark Reynolds of the Nationals (2HR 5-5 3R 10BI in the 18-4 win over the Marlins). It was the 54th-highest game score for a Player of the Game winner in 2018.

The highest Box-Toppers game score for a batter earning Player of the Game honors in the 25 years of player tracking is apparently +15.0 by Anthony Rendon of the Nationals on April 30, 2017.

We say “apparently” because while Box-Toppers has records for Player of the Game since the start of 1995, the data from actual game scores derived from box scores only goes back to the start of 2011. But examining games from 1995 to 2010 that were most likely to produce high Box-Toppers game scores (games in which batters had six hits, hit four home runs or drove in 10 runs), no batter had a game score higher than +13.0.

National League Batter of the Day—Josh Bell of the Pirates hit a three-run homer and doubled in the 10-6 win over the Cardinals. Bell went 4-for-4, scoring three times and driving in five runs.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Sunday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter George Springer.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Sunday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Phillies pitcher Cole Irvin (7IP 5H R BB 5K W in the 6-1 win over the Royals) was also making his Major League debut.

  • Indians pitcher Adam Cimber (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K ND in the 5-3 win over the Athletics) made his Major League debut March 29, 2018, and was playing in his 90th career game.

Scoring—Ryu earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Springer earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Bell earns 1.5 points for being NL 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)

5/12 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +15.0 LAD 6, WSH 0 Hyun‑Jin Ryu (W, 5‑1) 8.0 1 0 0 1 9
AL +9.0 HOU 15, TEX 5 George Springer CF 5 5 5 4
BAT +8.0 PIT 10, STL 6 Josh Bell 1B 4 3 4 5
+8.0 CHW 5, TOR 1 Lucas Giolito (W, 4‑1) 7.0 4 1 1 1 8
+7.0 NYY 7, TB 1 Masahiro Tanaka (W, 3‑3) 7.0 5 1 1 0 7
+4.0 CHC 4, MIL 1 Kris Bryant 1B 4 3 3 2
+4.0 BOS 11, SEA 2 J.D. Martinez RF 4 3 2 3
+4.0 COL 10, SD 7 Daniel Murphy PH‑1B 1 1 1 3
+4.0 PHI 6, KC 1 Cole Irvin (W, 1‑0) 7.0 5 1 1 1 5
+3.0 SF 6, CIN 5 Pablo Sandoval 1B 4 2 3 2
+3.0 `CLE 5, OAK 3 Adam Cimber (H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 DET 5, MIN 3 Nicholas Castellanos DH 4 1 3 2
+2.0 ATL 5, ARI 3 Johan Camargo 3B 4 2 2 2
+1.0 BAL 5, LAA 1 Dwight Smith LF 4 1 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 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 +/‑
Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.7 15.8 32.2 41.9 -4.4
Bell, Josh E. 3682 1b pit nl 3.5 6.0 11.5 11.5 +1.0
Giolito, Lucas 3900 pi sp chi al 3.0 7.0 10.0 10.0 -1.0
Springer, George 3337 cf hou al 2.7 7.2 22.7 22.7 -1.8
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 2.0 15.4 61.6 61.6 -11.4
Martinez, J.D. 2922 dh rf bos al 2.0 14.5 32.2 37.2 -10.5
Castellanos, Nicholas 3349 rf dh det al 2.0 8.5 26.7 26.7 -4.5
Bryant, Kris 3465 3b chi nl 2.0 2.0 27.0 27.0 +2.0
Smith, Dwight Jr. 4112 lf bal al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Sandoval, Pablo 2524 1b 2b 3b sf nl 1.0 4.7 12.7 37.2 -2.7
Murphy, Daniel 2589 1b 2b ph col nl 1.0 3.5 27.0 43.5 -1.5
Camargo, Johan 3829 3b atl nl 1.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Cimber, Adam 4141 pi mr cle al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Irvin, Cole 4140 pi sp phi nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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