Cubs’ Hendricks tops players for Tuesday, May 14, rises to 4th; Dodgers’ Bellinger rises to 2nd in player rankings

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Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to fourth 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 14.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 8.4
2 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 7.2
3 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 7.0
4 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 6.7
5 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7
6 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 6.7
7 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 6.7
8 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 6.4
9 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 6.2
10 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 6.0
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Also Tuesday, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings—first place among National League players—after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Hendricks struck out seven over eight innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Reds.

Hendricks earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.7 for the season, rising to fourth in season player rankings, second among NL pitchers, behind Josh Hader of the Brewers (7.0).

Hendricks had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of +9.0, same as Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove, who was Player of the Game in the 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks (7IP H 0R 2BB 5K W), but Hendricks held the tiebreaking edge to earn overall Player of the Day because he had more innings pitched (eight vs. seven).

American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Charlie Morton struck out five over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks in the 4-0 win over the Marlins.

American League Batter of the Day—Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays hit two homers, including a three-run shot, in the 7-3 win over the Giants. Guerrero went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs.

This was Guerrero’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Guerrero made his Major League debut April 26 and was playing in his 14th career game.

His father, Hall-of-Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr., earned 128.3 career Box-Toppers points from 1997 to 2011. That ranks 10th among all batters since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He last earned Player of the Game honors Sept. 8, 2011, with the Orioles. Guerrero is the first player inducted into the Hall of Fame who had his entire career tracked by Box-Toppers.

National League Batter of the Day—Dexter Fowler of the Cardinals homered and went 2-for-3, scoring three times and driving in one run, in the 14-3 win over the Braves.

Rankings—Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings—first place among NL players—after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Bellinger (HR 2-4 R 3BI in the 6-3 win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.2 for the season. He trails overall leader, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (8.4 points). He passes previous NL leader, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (7.0), who falls to third place. Bellinger extends his lead among NL batters, ahead of second-place Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals (5.5). This is Bellinger’s first Player of the Game honor since April 28.

Notable—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale Tuesday had a Box-Toppers game score of +17.0 but did not earn Player of the Game honors because his team did not win.

Sale (7IP 3H 2R 0BB 17K ND in the 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Rockies) had the highest game score of any player in the game, which would have earned him Player of the Day honors and been among the top 10 game scores for Player of the Game winners in 2019. Instead, Player of the Game honors went to the Rockies player with the highest qualifying Box-Toppers game score of +2.0, pitcher Mike Dunn (1IP 0H 0R 0BB K W).

Scoring—Hendricks earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Morton earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Guerrero and Fowler each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

5/14 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 CHC 3, CIN 1 Kyle Hendricks (W, 3‑4) 8.0 3 1 1 1 7
+9.0 PIT 6, ARI 2 Joe Musgrove (W, 2‑4) 7.0 1 0 0 2 5
AL +8.0 TB 4, MIA 0 Charlie Morton (W, 4‑0) 6.0 3 0 0 0 5
+7.0 CLE 9, CHW 0 Carlos Carrasco (W, 4‑3) 7.0 6 0 0 0 6
+6.1 SEA 4, OAK 3 Roenis Elias (S, 5) 2.1 0 0 0 1 5
BAT +5.0 TOR 7, SF 3 Vladimir Guerrero 3B 4 2 3 4
+5.0 NYM 6, WSH 2 Noah Syndergaard (W, 3‑3) 8.0 4 2 2 1 6
+5.0 MIL 6, PHI 1 Brandon Woodruff (W, 6‑1) 6.0 1 0 0 5 5
+3.0 KC 11, TEX 5 Whit Merrifield RF 4 3 3 1
+3.0 HOU 11, DET 4 Aledmys Diaz 2B‑1B‑2B 3 1 2 3
BAT +3.0 STL 14, ATL 3 Dexter Fowler CF‑RF 3 3 2 1
+2.0 LAD 6, SD 3 Cody Bellinger RF 4 1 2 3
+2.0 COL 5, BOS 4 (F/11) Mike Dunn (W, 1‑0) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
0.0 MIN 4, LAA 3 Mitch Garver C 4 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 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 +/‑
Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf 1b lad nl 7.2 7.2 15.9 15.9 +7.2
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 6.7 15.4 47.2 47.2 -2.0
Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 5.7 24.8 87.7 93.1 -13.4
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 5.4 20.2 41.6 55.6 -9.4
Garver, Mitch 3950 ca min al 3.5 11.0 11.0 11.0 -4.0
Fowler, Dexter 2698 cf rf stl nl 3.5 3.5 18.5 30.5 +3.5
Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp nym nl 3.0 11.0 41.1 41.1 -5.0
Musgrove, Joe 3705 pi sp pit nl 3.0 7.0 12.7 12.7 -1.0
Elias, Roenis 3309 pi cp mr sea al 3.0 5.7 17.4 17.4 +0.3
Merrifield, Whit 3855 2b rf kc al 2.5 3.5 7.5 7.5 +1.5
Diaz, Aledmys 3612 1b 2b ss hou al 2.0 6.0 12.5 12.5 -2.0
Woodruff, Brandon 3868 pi sp mr mil nl 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.0 +1.0
Guerrero, Vladimir Jr. 4142 3b tor al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Dunn, Michael 2867 pi mr col nl 1.0 1.0 9.0 11.0 +1.0
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