Indians pitcher Shane Bieber is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to 10th place in season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of May 19.
|1||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||10.1|
|2||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil nl||9.0|
|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||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||6.7|
|8||Hendricks, Kyle 3386||pi sp||chi nl||6.7|
|9||Eflin, Zach 3679||pi sp||phi nl||6.7|
|10||Bieber, Shane 4005||pi sp||cle al||6.7|
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Also Sunday, two other players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors—Brewers pitcher Josh Hader maintains his second-place spot and Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises to seventh place.
Player of the Day—Bieber pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout, striking out 15 and walking none, in the 10-0 win over the Orioles.
Bieber had a Box-Toppers game score Sunday of +19.0, highest earned by a Player of the Game so far in 2019. The previous high game score was +17.0 done six times; the previous highest-ranking +17.0 game score based on tiebreakers was by Rockies pitcher German Marquez, who was Player of the Game in the April 14, 4-0 win over the Giants (CG H 0R 0BB 9K W). Marquez was also April 14’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Bieber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.7 for the season, rising to 10th place in season player rankings, third among American League pitchers, behind Justin Verlander of the Astros (10.1) and Blake Snell of the Rays (7.0).
Box-Toppers season streaksHere are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. In 2019, Albert Pujols and CC Sabathia have tied Carlos Beltran and Jason Giambi for the longest streak—19 straight seasons. Players are listed by length of their streak. Also shown is the duration of their streak and their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total. (Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.)
|1||19||CC Sabathia*||pi sp||2001‑2019||201.4|
|1||19||Albert Pujols*||1b dh||2001‑2019||193.3|
|5||18||Jim Thome||1b dh||1995‑2012||146.7|
|9||17||Mariano Rivera||pi cp||1995‑2011||126.4|
|9||17||Tim Hudson||pi sp||1999‑2015||157.0|
|15||16||Andy Pettitte||pi sp||1995‑2010||138.5|
|15||16||Jamie Moyer||pi sp||1995‑2010||104.0|
|15||16||Kevin Millwood||pi sp||1997‑2012||108.3|
|15||16||Derek Lowe||pi sp||1998‑2013||91.5|
|15||16||Mark Buehrle||pi sp||2000‑2015||116.7|
|25||15||Randy Johnson||pi sp||1995‑2009||278.8|
|25||15||Livan Hernandez||pi sp||1997‑2011||76.7|
|25||15||Kyle Lohse||pi sp||2001‑2015||89.0|
|25||15||Jake Peavy||pi sp||2002‑2016||141.8|
* Active streak of a player active in 2019.
National League Player of the Day—Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one, in the 3-0 win over the Mets.
American League Batter of the Day—Edwin Encarnacion of the Mariners hit a three-run homer and doubled, going 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 7-4 win over the Twins.
Encarnacion has now earned Box-Toppers points in 15 straight seasons with his first Player of the Game honor of 2019. That is the fourth-longest currently active streak, behind Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (19 seasons), Albert Pujols of the Angels (19 seasons) and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (16 seasons). It is in a 16-way tie for the 25th-longest streak since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.
Encarnacion earned his first point in 2005 with the Reds and has 87.2 career points, third among active AL batters, behind Pujols (193.3) and Cabrera (147.9). Encarnacion’s best season was 2017 with the Indians when he had 12.1 Box-Toppers points, first among AL batters. He had 6.5 points in 2018 with the Indians, fifth among AL designated hitters.
National League Batter of the Day—Colin Moran of the Pirates hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 6-4 win over the Padres.
Rankings—Two players in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 earned Player of the Game honors Sunday:
Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 3-2, 10-inning win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 9.0 for the season, maintaining his second-place overall rank, trailing overall leader, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (10.1). Hader increases his lead among NL pitchers, ahead of second-place Luis Castillo of the Reds (7.4).
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (7IP 5H 0R BB 5K W in the 8-3 win over the Reds) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.7 for the season, rising to seventh place in season player rankings, fourth among NL pitchers.
Debut—Yankees pitcher Chance Adams made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.
Adams (3IP H 0R BB 4K Sv in the 13-5 win over the Rays) made his Major League debut Aug. 4, 2018, and was playing in his fourth career game.
Scoring—Bieber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Alcantara earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Encarnacion and Moran each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
|MLB||+19.0||CLE 10, BAL 0||Shane Bieber (W, 3‑2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||9.0||5||0||0||0||15|
|NL||+14.0||MIA 3, NYM 0||Sandy Alcantara (W, 2‑4)||‑||‑||‑||‑||9.0||2||0||0||1||8|
|+6.0||LAD 8, CIN 3||Hyun‑Jin Ryu (W, 6‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||5||0||0||1||5|
|+5.0||NYY 13, TB 5||Chance Adams (S, 1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||3.0||1||0||0||1||4|
|+5.0||MIL 3, ATL 2 (F/10)||Josh Hader (W, 1‑3)||‑||‑||‑||‑||2.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|BAT||+4.0||SEA 7, MIN 4||Edwin Encarnacion 1B||4||2||3||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+4.0||`TOR 5, CHW 2||Trent Thornton||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||3||1||1||1||4|
|+4.0||SF 3, ARI 2 (F/10)||Will Smith (S, 12)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|+3.1||CHC 6, WSH 5||Steve Cishek (S, 4)||‑||‑||‑||‑||2.1||1||0||0||0||2|
|BAT||+3.0||PIT 6, SD 4||Colin Moran 3B||4||1||2||4||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||PHI 7, COL 5||J.T. Realmuto PH||1||1||1||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||TEX 5, STL 4 (F/10)||Danny Santana PH‑1B||1||2||1||1||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+2.0||BOS 4, HOU 3||Mookie Betts RF||4||3||3||0||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+1.0||KC 5, LAA 1||Danny Duffy (W, 3‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||5||1||1||3||5|
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 playersHere 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||+/‑|
|Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil nl||9.0||20.7||23.7||23.7||-2.7|
|Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||6.7||16.8||33.2||42.9||-3.4|
|Bieber, Shane 4005||pi sp||cle al||6.7||13.1||13.1||13.1||+0.3|
|Alcantara, Sandy 4061||pi sp||fla nl||3.7||5.4||5.4||5.4||+2.0|
|Smith, Will 3073||pi cp||sf nl||3.0||8.7||10.7||16.7||-2.7|
|Moran, Colin 3931||3b ph||pit nl||3.0||6.5||6.5||6.5||-0.5|
|Thornton, Trent 4120||pi sp||tor al||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||+3.0|
|Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||sea al||1.5||8.0||48.0||87.2||-5.0|
|Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||1.0||11.9||29.1||29.1||-9.9|
|Duffy, Danny 2915||pi sp||kc al||1.0||8.7||37.4||42.4||-6.7|
|Realmuto, J.T. 3491||ca ph||phi nl||1.0||6.5||21.0||21.0||-4.5|
|Cishek, Steve 2997||pi cp mr||chi nl||1.0||3.0||22.0||30.0||-1.0|
|Santana, Danny 3350||1b ph||tex al||1.0||1.0||5.5||5.5||+1.0|
|Adams, Chance 4145||pi cp||nyy al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||+1.0|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.