Astros’ Brad Peacock tops players for Monday, May 20; Padres’ Paddack rises to 3rd in player rankings

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Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Game.

Also Monday, Padres pitcher Chris Paddack rises to third 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 20.
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 10.1
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 9.0
3 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 7.7
4 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 7.4
5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.2
6 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 7.2
7 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 7.0
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 6.7
9 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 6.7
10 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7
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Player of the Day—Peacock struck out nine over five scoreless innings, allowing two runs and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the White Sox.

Peacock earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, rising to 14th in season player rankings, fifth among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Braves pitcher Mike Soroka struck out seven over eight innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks, in the 4-1 win over the Giants.

American League Batter of the Day—Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox homered and went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 12-2 win over the Blue Jays.

National League Batter of the Day—J.T. Realmuto of the Phillies hit a go-ahead, 10th-inning home run in the 5-4, 10-inning win over the Cubs. Realmuto went 2-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs.

This was the second straight day Realmuto earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. He was also Player of the Game Sunday in the 7-5 win over the Rockies (HR 1-1 R 2BI). Realmuto has 2.5 Box-Toppers points on the season, all earned in the past two days.

Rankings—Padres pitcher Chris Paddack rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Paddack (6IP 5H R 0BB 7K W in the 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.7 for the season. He rises to second among NL pitchers, behind closer Josh Hader of the Brewers (9.0).

Streak—Yankees closing pitcher Aroldis Chapman has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Monday.

Chapman (1IP 0H 0R BB 3K Sv in the 10-7 win over the Orioles) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2010 with the Reds and has 53.1 career points, second among active AL closing pitchers, behind Ian Kennedy of the Royals (76.5). However, Kennedy is listed as a closer because his only Box-Toppers point earned in 2019 was as a closing pitcher—the rest of his points earned from 2010 to 2018 were as a starter.

Chapman’s best season was 2012 with the Reds when he had 14.0 Box-Toppers points, second among NL closers, behind Craig Kimbrel of the Braves (15.0). Chapman led NL closers with the Reds in 2015 with 8.0 points. He ranked among the top five NL closers in points for five straight seasons from 2012 to 2016 (he was with the Reds from 2012 to 2015 and finished the 2016 season with the Cubs). In 2018, he had 4.0 points with the Yankees.

Scoring—Peacock earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Soroka earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Bogaerts and Realmuto each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)

5/20 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 HOU 3, CHW 0 Brad Peacock (W, 5‑2) 5.0 2 0 0 0 9
NL +11.0 ATL 4, SF 1 Mike Soroka (W, 5‑1) 8.0 2 1 1 0 7
+6.0 TEX 10, SEA 9 Mike Minor (W, 5‑3) 6.0 6 2 2 1 11
+6.0 SD 2, ARI 1 Chris Paddack (W, 4‑2) 6.0 5 1 1 0 7
+6.0 `MIN 3, LAA 1 Jake Odorizzi 5.0 3 0 0 2 6
BAT +4.0 BOS 12, TOR 2 Xander Bogaerts SS 5 3 3 3
+3.0 NYM 5, WSH 3 Drew Gagnon (W, 2‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 1 2
+3.0 NYY 10, BAL 7 Aroldis Chapman (S, 12) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3
+1.0 OAK 6, CLE 4 Matt Chapman 3B 5 1 2 3
BAT +1.0 PHI 5, CHC 4 (F/10) J.T. Realmuto C 5 2 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 +/‑
Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 7.7 7.7 7.7 7.7 +7.7
Peacock, Brad 2968 pi sp hou al 6.0 10.0 21.1 26.8 +2.0
Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 5.7 12.7 47.9 49.9 -1.3
Soroka, Mike 3956 pi sp atl nl 5.4 8.4 8.4 8.4 +2.4
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 5.0 12.7 21.1 41.8 -2.7
Realmuto, J.T. 3491 ca ph phi nl 2.5 8.0 22.5 22.5 -3.0
Chapman, Matt 3849 3b oak al 2.5 7.0 9.5 9.5 -2.0
Gagnon, Drew 4123 pi cp mr nym nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Bogaerts, Xander 3383 ss bos al 1.5 7.0 19.0 19.0 -4.0
Chapman, Aroldis 2826 pi cp nyy al 1.0 5.0 29.1 53.1 -3.0
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