Padres‘ Joey Lucchesi tops players for Friday, May 24; Indians’ Bieber rises to 3rd in player rankings

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Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Friday, Indians pitcher Shane Bieber 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 24.
 
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 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 7.7
4 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 7.7
5 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 7.4
6 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.2
7 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 7.2
8 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 7.0
9 Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 7.0
10 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 6.7
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Player of the Day—Lucchesi struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, three hits and one walk, in the 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. Lucchesi did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the score was tied, 3-3, when he exited.

Lucchesi earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.7 for the season. He ranks 22nd among all players and 11th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Wade Miley struck out eight over six innings, allowing one run, four hits and two walks, in the 4-3 win over the Red Sox.

National League Batter of the Day—Adam Jones of the Diamondbacks hit a three-run home run and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 18-2 win over the Giants.

Jones has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019. He earned his first points in 2007 with the Mariners and has 62.0 career Box-Toppers points, 10th among active NL batters. His best season was 2014 with the Orioles when he had 11.5 points, third among AL batters. He ranked among the top 10 AL outfielders in Box-Toppers points three straight seasons (2013-15). In 2018, he had 5.0 points with the Orioles, 14th among AL outfielders.

American League Batter of the Day—Max Kepler of the Twins homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 11-4 win over the White Sox.

This was the second straight day Kepler earned AL Batter of the Day honors. He also did it Thursday in the 16-7 win over the Angels (HR 2B 3-5 4R 2BI). Kepler now has 4.0 Box-Toppers points for the season (3.0 earned in the past two days) and ranks fifth among AL batters.

Rankings—Indians pitcher Shane Bieber rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Bieber (5IP 4H R 4BB 10K ND in the 3-1 win over the Rays) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.7 for the season. He now ranks second among AL pitchers, behind overall leader Justin Verlander of the Astros (12.1 points).

Scoring—Lucchesi earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Miley earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Jones and Kepler each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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)

5/24 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +7.2 `SD 6, TOR 3 Joey Lucchesi 6.2 3 3 3 1 11
+7.0 ATL 5, STL 2 Mike Foltynewicz (W, 1‑3) 6.0 5 1 0 0 7
AL +6.0 HOU 4, BOS 3 Wade Miley (W, 5‑2) 6.0 4 1 1 2 8
BAT +5.0 ARI 18, SF 2 Adam Jones RF 5 3 4 3
BAT +5.0 MIN 11, CHW 4 Max Kepler DH 4 2 3 4
+5.0 `CLE 3, TB 1 Shane Bieber 5.0 4 1 1 4 10
+4.0 WSH 12, MIA 10 Juan Soto LF 4 2 3 3
+4.0 LAD 10, PIT 2 David Freese 1B 4 2 2 4
+4.0 COL 8, BAL 6 Trevor Story SS 4 2 2 4
+4.0 PHI 6, MIL 4 Vince Velasquez (W, 2‑2) 2.0 1 0 0 1 4
+3.1 OAK 6, SEA 2 Lou Trivino (W, 2‑0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 DET 9, NYM 8 Jacoby Jones CF 5 2 2 4
+2.0 CIN 6, CHC 5 Yasiel Puig RF 4 1 2 3
+1.0 TEX 4, LAA 3 Shawn Kelley (S, 5) 1.0 1 0 0 0 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 +/‑
Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 7.7 14.1 14.1 14.1 +1.3
Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 5.7 11.7 11.7 11.7 -0.3
Kepler, Max 3664 cf rf dh min al 4.0 7.5 15.5 15.5 +0.5
Miley, Wade 3006 pi sp hou al 3.7 7.7 29.1 47.8 -0.3
Soto, Juan 3994 lf dc nl 2.5 10.0 10.0 10.0 -5.0
Velasquez, Vince 3611 pi sp mr phi nl 2.0 10.4 19.4 19.4 -6.4
Story, Trevor 3607 ss col nl 2.0 8.0 17.0 17.0 -4.0
Freese, David 2710 1b 3b lad nl 2.0 6.5 11.5 32.7 -2.5
Kelley, Shawn 2630 pi mr cp tex al 2.0 3.0 9.0 13.0 +1.0
Jones, Adam 2347 rf ari nl 1.5 6.5 30.5 62.0 -3.5
Foltynewicz, Mike 3455 pi sp atl nl 1.0 14.7 25.4 25.4 -12.7
Trivino, Lou 3939 pi mr cp oak al 1.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 -7.0
Puig, Yasiel 3193 rf cin nl 1.0 6.0 20.0 21.5 -4.0
Jones, Jacoby 3942 cf det al 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
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