Athletics’ Chris Bassitt tops players for Thursday, May 16; Reds’ Castillo rises to 3rd in player rankings

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Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt is Thursday’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 May 16.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 10.1
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 8.0
3 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 7.4
4 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.2
5 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 7.2
6 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 6.7
7 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7
8 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 6.7
9 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 6.7
10 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 6.0
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Also Thursday, Reds pitcher Luis Castillo rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Joey Gallo of the Rangers rises to lead American League batters in Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Bassitt struck out seven over eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks, in the 17-3 win over the Tigers.

Bassitt earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.7 for the season. He ranks 50th among all players and 21st among AL pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Gerardo Parra of the Nationals homered, doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 7-6 win over the Mets.

American League Batter of the Day—Jason Kipnis of the Indians hit two homers, including a three-run shot, in the 14-7 win over the Orioles. Kipnis went 2-for-6, scoring three times and driving in six runs.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Thursday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Gerardo Parra.

Rankings—Reds pitcher Luis Castillo rises from ninth to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Castillo (5.1IP 2H 2R BB 6K W in the 4-2 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.4 for the season. He ranks second among NL pitchers, behind Josh Hader of the Brewers (8.0).

Notable—Joey Gallo of the Rangers rises to lead AL batters in Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Gallo (HR 2-2B 4-5 4R BI in the 16-1 win over the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 5.0 for the season. He passes previous AL batting leader Daniel Vogelbach of the Mariners (4.5). Gallo ranks 20th overall in Box-Toppers season player rankings.

Scoring—Bassitt earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Parra earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Kipnis earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

5/15 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 OAK 17, DET 3 Chris Bassitt (W, 2‑1) 8.0 4 0 0 2 7
NL +6.0 WSH 7, NYM 6 Gerardo Parra 1B‑RF 3 3 3 3
BAT +5.0 CLE 14, BAL 7 Jason Kipnis 2B 6 3 2 6
+4.1 CIN 4, CHC 2 Luis Castillo (W, 5‑1) 5.1 2 2 2 1 6
+4.0 TEX 16, KC 1 Joey Gallo CF 5 4 4 1
+4.0 ATL 10, STL 2 Freddie Freeman 1B 4 3 3 2
+3.0 MIL 11, PHI 3 Christian Yelich RF 5 3 3 2
+2.0 MIN 11, SEA 6 C.J. Cron DH 5 1 4 2
+2.0 SD 4, PIT 3 Ian Kinsler 2B 3 1 1 3
+2.0 CHW 4, TOR 2 Alex Colome (S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
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 +/‑
Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840 pi sp cin nl 7.4 15.4 23.8 23.8 -0.6
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf mil nl 5.5 17.0 37.5 37.5 -6.0
Gallo, Joey 3485 lf dh cf tex al 5.0 10.0 18.0 18.0 0.0
Bassitt, Chris 3413 pi sp mr oak al 3.7 5.7 9.7 9.7 +1.7
Colome, Alex 3189 pi cp chi al 3.0 6.0 28.7 29.7 0.0
Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 2.0 9.5 30.7 51.2 -5.5
Kinsler, Ian 2144 2b sd nl 2.0 8.0 27.5 71.6 -4.0
Cron, C.J. 3338 1b dh min al 2.0 4.0 15.7 15.7 0.0
Parra, Gerardo 2746 1b rf dc nl 1.7 3.7 21.7 33.7 -0.3
Kipnis, Jason 2933 2b cle al 1.5 3.0 11.0 27.5 0.0
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