White Sox’ Lucas Giolito tops players for Thursday, May 23; Pirates’ Bell tops NL players

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White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito 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 23.
 
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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Giolito pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking one, in the 4-0 win over the Astros.

Giolito earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.0 for the season. He ranks 32nd among all players and 14th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Josh Bell of the Pirates homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 14-6 win over the Rockies.

Bell earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 6.2 for the season, most among the 10 who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday. Bell ranks 14th among all players and third among NL batters, behind Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (7.2) and Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals (7.0).

American League Batter of the Day—Max Kepler of the Twins homered, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring four times and driving in two runs, in the 16-7 win over the Angels.

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 Josh Bell.

Streak—Carlos Gomez of the Mets has now earned Box-Toppers points in 12 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Thursday.

Gomez (HR 2-3 2R 3BI in the 6-4 win over the Nationals) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2008 with the Twins and has 39.5 career points, eighth among active NL outfielders. His best season was 2015 with the Brewers and Astros when he had 6.0 Box-Toppers points, ending the season ranked eighth among AL outfielders (even though he earned all his points that season with the NL Brewers). In 2018, he had 4.0 points with the Rays.

Scoring—Giolito earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bell earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Kepler 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)

5/23 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 CHW 4, HOU 0 Lucas Giolito (W, 6‑1) 9.0 4 0 0 1 9
+5.0 BOS 8, TOR 2 Ryan Weber (W, 1‑0) 6.0 3 1 1 0 4
BAT +4.0 MIN 16, LAA 7 Max Kepler CF 5 4 3 2
NL +4.0 PIT 14, COL 6 Josh Bell 1B 4 3 3 2
+4.0 NYM 6, WSH 4 Carlos Gomez RF 3 2 2 3
+4.0 ATL 5, SF 4 (F/13) Luke Jackson (W, 3‑1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
+3.0 `NYY 6, BAL 5 Masahiro Tanaka 6.0 5 1 1 1 5
+2.1 TB 7, CLE 2 Ryan Yarbrough (W, 3‑1) 7.1 4 2 2 1 4
+2.1 `MIA 5, DET 2 Adam Conley 1.1 0 0 0 0 1
+2.0 PHI 9, CHC 7 Andrew McCutchen LF 4 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 +/‑
Bell, Josh E. 3682 1b pit nl 6.2 8.7 14.2 14.2 +3.7
Giolito, Lucas 3900 pi sp chi al 5.0 9.0 12.0 12.0 +1.0
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 3.0 16.4 62.6 62.6 -10.4
Jackson, Luke 4139 pi cp atl nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Kepler, Max 3664 cf rf min al 2.5 6.0 14.0 14.0 -1.0
McCutchen, Andrew 2637 lf phi nl 2.0 5.5 38.5 68.4 -1.5
Yarbrough, Ryan 3962 pi sp mr tb al 1.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 -6.0
Gomez, Carlos 2397 rf nym nl 1.0 5.0 21.5 39.5 -3.0
Conley, Adam 3594 pi mr sp fla nl 1.0 2.0 16.4 16.4 0.0
Weber, Ryan 3598 pi sp bos al 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 +1.0
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