Padres’ Lauer tops players for Wednesday, May 22; Hader, Ozuna rise in top 10 player rankings

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Padres pitcher Eric Lauer is Wednesday’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 22.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 12.1
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 10.0
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 Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 7.0
9 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 6.7
10 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 6.7
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Also Wednesday, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader maintains his second-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals rises to eighth place after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Player of the Day—Lauer struck out seven over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Lauer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 75th among all players and 28th among NL pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas struck out nine over six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and two walks, in the 7-2 win over the Indians.

National League Batter of the Day—Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals hit a three-run homer and doubled, going 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 10-3 win over the Royals.

Ozuna earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season, rising to eighth place overall and second among NL batters, behind Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (7.2).

American League Batter of the Day—Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox hit two home runs and went 2-for-4, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 9-4 win over the Astros.

Rankings—Brewers closing pitcher Josh Hader maintains his second-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Hader (1.2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K Sv in the 11-9 win over the Reds) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.0 for the season. He trails overall leader, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (12.1 points). Hader leads NL pitchers in points, increasing his leader over second-place Chris Paddack of the Padres (7.7). Hader’s lead among NL closing pitchers is even more dominant—second-place NL closer Felipe Vazquez of the Pirates has 3.0 points.

Hader is the second player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points and it is his second straight season with 10 or more points. In 2018, he had 11.7 points with the Brewers, leading all NL closers.

Streak—Neil Walker of the Marlins has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game of 2019 Wednesday.

Walker (2B 2-3 R 2BI in the 6-3 win over the Tigers) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2010 with the Pirates and has 34.5 career points, 38th among active NL batters. His best season was 2014 with the Pirates when he had 7.0 points, third among NL second basemen. In 2018, he had 1.0 point with the Yankees.

Debut—Rangers pitcher Adrian Sampson made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Sampson (5.1IP 4H R 0BB 5K W in the 2-1 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut June 18, 2016, and was playing in his 17th career game. 

Scoring—Lauer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Montas earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Ozuna and Jimenez each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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)

5/22 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +8.0 SD 5, ARI 2 Eric Lauer (W, 3‑4) 7.0 4 1 1 0 7
AL +8.0 OAK 7, CLE 2 Frankie Montas (W, 6‑2) 6.0 5 0 0 2 9
+7.0 `NYM 6, WSH 1 Jacob deGrom 6.0 2 1 1 3 8
+5.0 `BOS 6, TOR 5 (F/13) Rick Porcello 6.0 3 1 1 0 4
+4.1 TEX 2, SEA 1 Adrian Sampson (W, 2‑3) 5.1 4 1 1 0 5
+3.2 MIL 11, CIN 9 Josh Hader (S, 12) 1.2 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +3.0 STL 10, KC 3 Marcell Ozuna LF 4 2 2 3
BAT +3.0 CHW 9, HOU 4 Eloy Jimenez LF 4 3 2 2
+3.0 CHC 8, PHI 4 Anthony Rizzo 1B 3 2 1 3
+2.0 COL 9, PIT 3 Tony Wolters C 5 2 2 3
+2.0 ATL 9, SF 2 Austin Riley 3B 4 2 1 3
+2.0 MIA 6, DET 3 Neil Walker DH 3 1 2 2
+2.0 TB 8, LAD 1 Kevin Kiermaier CF 3 1 1 3
+1.0 NYY 7, BAL 5 Gleyber Torres SS 5 2 2 2
+1.0 KC 8, STL 2 Jorge Soler RF 4 1 1 3
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 +/‑
Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 10.0 21.7 24.7 24.7 -1.7
Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 7.0 9.5 34.7 37.2 +4.5
Montas, Frankie 3803 pi sp oak al 5.4 7.4 8.4 8.4 +3.4
deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 4.7 21.5 82.3 82.3 -12.1
Porcello, Rick 2573 pi sp bos al 3.0 14.4 38.1 60.1 -8.4
Lauer, Eric 4017 pi sp sd nl 3.0 9.7 9.7 9.7 -3.7
Torres, Gleyber 3972 ss  nyy al 3.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 +1.5
Jimenez, Eloy 4107 lf chi al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Kiermaier, Kevin 3373 cf tb al 2.5 2.5 8.0 8.0 +2.5
Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 2.0 12.0 45.5 54.5 -8.0
Soler, Jorge 3403 dh rf  kc al 2.0 3.5 10.2 10.2 +0.5
Riley, Austin 4144 lf atl nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Walker, Neil 2756 dh 1b 2b fla nl 1.0 2.0 18.5 34.5 0.0
Wolters, Tony 3668 ca col nl 1.0 1.0 3.5 3.5 +1.0
Sampson, Adrian 4147 pi mr tex al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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