Marlins’ Pablo Lopez tops players for Saturday, May 18; Rays’ Snell rises to 6th in player rankings

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Marlins pitcher Pablo Lopez is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Saturday, Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to sixth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of May 18.
 
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 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 7.0
7 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 6.7
8 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7
9 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 6.7
10 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 6.7
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Player of the Day—Lopez struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks, in the 2-0 win over the Mets.

Lopez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season. He ranks 88th among all players and 31st among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Angels pitcher Griffin Canning struck out five over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 6-3 win over the Royals.

American League Batter of the Day—Jonathan Schoop of the Twins hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, in the 18-4 win over the Mariners. Schoop went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs.

National League Batter of the Day—Josh Bell of the Pirates hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, in the 7-2 win over the Padres. Bell went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs.

Rankings—Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises from 10th to sixth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Snell (6IP 6H R BB 9K ND in the 2-1, 11-inning win over the Yankees) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.0 for the season. He ranks second among AL pitchers, behind overall leader Justin Verlander of the Astros (10.1). Snell led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2018 (27.2).

Notable—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg now has 118.1 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Strasburg (8IP 4H 2R ER 0BB 7K W in the 5-2 win over the Cubs) rises to 45th place in career Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995, when player tracking began. He passes Barry Zito (117.4) on the “all-time” list and now trails 44th-ranked player Carlos Delgado (118.7). Strasburg ranks 14th among active players in career points.

Strasburg now has 6.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 11th among all players and seventh among NL pitchers.

Debut—Austin Riley of the Braves made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Riley (HR 2-3 R 2BI in the 4-3, 10-inning win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut May 15 and was playing in his fourth career game.

Scoring—Lopez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Canning earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Schoop and Bell each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

5/18 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 MIA 2, NYM 0 Pablo Lopez (W, 3‑5) 7.0 1 0 0 2 7
+8.0 WSH 5, CHC 2 Stephen Strasburg (W, 4‑3) 8.0 4 2 1 0 7
AL +8.0 LAA 6, KC 3 Griffin Canning (W, 2‑1) 7.0 3 0 0 1 5
+7.0 PHI 2, COL 1 Aaron Nola (W, 4‑0) 6.0 8 1 1 1 12
+6.0 `TB 2, NYY 1 (F/11) Blake Snell 6.0 6 1 1 1 9
BAT +5.0 MIN 18, SEA 4 Jonathan Schoop 2B 5 2 3 5
BAT +5.0 PIT 7, SD 2 Josh Bell 1B 4 2 3 4
+5.0 OAK 4, DET 1 Daniel Mengden (W, 1‑1) 7.0 3 1 1 2 5
+5.0 CIN 4, LAD 0 Tyler Mahle (W, 1‑5) 6.0 4 0 0 2 5
+5.0 CLE 4, BAL 1 Adam Plutko (W, 1‑0) 6.0 1 1 1 2 4
+4.0 STL 8, TEX 2 Paul DeJong SS 4 2 2 4
+4.0 HOU 7, BOS 3 Josh James (W, 1‑0) 3.0 0 0 0 1 2
+3.0 CHW 4, TOR 1 (F/5) Yonder Alonso 1B 2 1 2 2
+2.0 ATL 4, MIL 3 (F/10) Austin Riley LF 3 1 2 2
+2.0 SF 8, ARI 5 Pablo Sandoval PH 1 1 1 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 +/‑
Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 7.0 34.2 43.2 43.2 -20.2
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 6.0 12.7 81.0 118.1 -0.7
Bell, Josh E. 3682 1b pit nl 4.5 7.0 12.5 12.5 +2.0
Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 3.0 24.1 48.6 48.6 -18.1
Lopez, Pablo 4028 pi sp fla nl 3.0 4.7 4.7 4.7 +1.3
Canning, Griffin 4134 pi sp ana al 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 +2.7
Sandoval, Pablo 2524 1b 2b 3b ph sf nl 2.0 5.7 13.7 38.2 -1.7
Schoop, Jonathan 3307 2b min al 1.5 5.0 20.5 20.5 -2.0
DeJong, Paul 3827 ss stl nl 1.0 7.0 11.5 11.5 -5.0
Mengden, Daniel 3741 pi sp oak al 1.0 7.0 13.0 13.0 -5.0
Mahle, Tyler 3929 pi sp cin nl 1.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 -5.0
Alonso, Yonder 2945 1b chi al 1.0 4.5 16.0 25.5 -2.5
James, Josh 4059 pi mr sp hou al 1.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 -2.0
Plutko, Adam 3975 pi sp cle al 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Riley, Austin 4144 lf atl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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