Diamondbacks’ Luke Weaver tops players for Saturday, May 4; Twins’ Odorizzi tops AL players

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Diamondbacks pitcher Luke Weaver is Saturday’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 4.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 6.7
2 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 6.4
3 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 6.2
4 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 6.2
5 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 6.0
6 Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 5.5
7 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 5.4
8 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 5.0
9 Marte, Ketel 3630 2b cf ss ari nl 5.0
10 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 5.0
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Weaver struck out eight over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 9-2 win over the Rockies.

Weaver earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season. He ranks 22nd among all players and ninth among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi struck out eight over six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and four walks, in the 7-3 win over the Yankees.

American League Batter of the Day—Alex Gordon of the Royals homered went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 15-3 win over the Tigers.

Gordon has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons with his first Player of the Game honor of 2019. He earned his first points in 2007 with the Royals, but earned no points in 2009, so his current 10-season streak began in 2010. He has 35.0 career Box-Toppers points, 20th among active AL batters. His best season was 2011 with the Royals when he had 6.5 points. He has kept his 10-season streak alive with just 1.0 point in each of three seasons—2013, 2017 and 2018, all with the Royals.

National League Batter of the Day—Kurt Suzuki of the Nationals hit an eighth-inning, game-tying, pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 10-8 win over the Phillies.

Suzuki has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons with his first Player of the Game honor of 2019. He earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2007 with the Athletics and has 41.0 career points, 25th among active NL batters. Suzuki’s best season was 2009 with the Athletics when he had 6.0 Box-Toppers points, fourth among AL catchers. In 2018, he had 2.0 points with the Braves.

Streak—Brewers pitcher Gio Gonzalez has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Saturday.

Gonzalez (5.1IP 3H R 0BB 7K ND in the 4-3, 18-inning win over the Mets) earned his first points in 2009 with the Athletics and now has 104.9 career points, 71st among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Saturday, he passes Jamie Moyer (104.0) on the “all-time” list and now trails 70th-ranked player Scott Kazmir (105.1). He ranks 18th among active players in career points.

His best season was 2012 with the Nationals when he had 17.7 Box-Toppers points, sixth among all players. Gonzalez had 7.7 points in 2018 with the Nationals and Brewers, 41st among NL pitchers.

Debut—Four players made their Box-Toppers debut Saturday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Michael Chavis of the Red Sox (2HR 2B 4-6 3R 3BI in the 15-2 win over the White Sox) made his Major League debut April 20 and was playing in his 14th career game.

  • Taylor Davis of the Cubs (GS 1-3 R 4BI in the 6-5 win over the Cardinals) made his Major League debut Sept. 8, 2017, and was playing in his 17th career game.

  • Alex Verdugo of the Dodgers (2B 3-4 2R BI in the 7-6 win over the Padres) made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 2017, and was playing in his 85th career game.

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa of the Rangers (3B 1-4 R 4BI in the 8-5 win over the Blue Jays) made his Major League debut April 10, 2018, and was playing in his 129th career game.

Scoring—Weaver earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Odorizzi earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Gordon and Suzuki each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

5/4 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 ARI 9, COL 2 Luke Weaver (W, 3‑1) 7.0 3 1 1 1 8
AL +8.0 MIN 7, NYY 3 Jake Odorizzi (W, 4‑2) 6.0 2 0 0 4 8
+7.1 BAL 3, TB 0 Dylan Bundy (W, 1‑4) 7.1 3 0 0 1 4
+7.1 `MIL 4, NYM 3 (F/18) Gio Gonzalez 5.1 3 1 1 0 7
+6.0 ATL 9, MIA 2 Mike Soroka (W, 3‑1) 7.0 3 2 0 2 6
BAT +5.0 KC 15, DET 3 Alex Gordon LF 5 2 3 5
+5.0 HOU 14, LAA 2 Alex Bregman 3B 5 3 3 4
+4.0 BOS 15, CHW 2 Michael Chavis 1B 6 3 4 3
BAT +4.0 WSH 10, PHI 8 Kurt Suzuki PH 1 1 1 3
+3.2 CIN 9, SF 2 Tanner Roark (W, 2‑1) 6.2 4 2 2 2 7
+3.0 PIT 6, OAK 4 Josh Bell 1B 4 2 2 3
+3.0 CHC 6, STL 5 Taylor Davis C 3 1 1 4
+3.0 CLE 5, SEA 4 Brad Hand (S, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3
+2.0 LAD 7, SD 6 Alex Verdugo RF 4 2 3 1
+2.0 TEX 8, TOR 5 Isiah Kiner‑Falefa C 4 1 1 4
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 +/‑
Weaver, Luke 3719 pi sp ari nl 4.0 8.0 17.7 17.7 0.0
Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 3.7 10.7 45.9 47.9 -3.3
Soroka, Mike 3956 pi sp atl nl 3.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 +0.7
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp cle al 3.0 10.0 23.7 24.7 -4.0
Bell, Josh E. 3682 1b pit nl 2.0 4.5 10.0 10.0 -0.5
Suzuki, Kurt 2344 ca ph dc nl 1.5 3.5 17.0 41.0 -0.5
Gordon, Alex 2328 lf kc al 1.5 2.5 12.5 35.0 +0.5
Gonzalez, Gio 2626 pi sp mil nl 1.0 8.7 45.1 104.9 -6.7
Bundy, Dylan 3655 pi sp bal al 1.0 8.7 24.1 24.1 -6.7
Bregman, Alex 3721 3b hou al 1.0 7.2 12.2 12.2 -5.2
Roark, Tanner 3261 pi sp cin nl 1.0 5.0 35.7 40.7 -3.0
Chavis, Michael 4127 1b bos al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Davis, Taylor 4128 ca chi nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Kiner-Falefa, Isiah 4130 ca tex al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Verdugo, Alex 4129 rf lad nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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