Rockies’ Trevor Story tops players for Friday, May 31; Tigers’ Goodrum tops AL players

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Trevor Story of the Rockies is Friday’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 31.
 
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 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 8.8
4 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 8.7
5 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf 1b lad nl 8.2
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 7.7
7 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 7.7
8 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 7.7
9 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 7.7
10 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 7.4
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Story hit two homers and doubled in the 13-6 win over the Blue Jays. Story went 3-for-4, scoring four times and driving in seven runs.

Story earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season. He ranks 54th among all players and eighth among National League batters.

Story had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +10.0, the highest for a batter earning Player of the Game honors this season. Although it is the highest game score for a batter earning Player of the Game honors, it is just the 70th-highest game score for all Player of the Game winners in 2019 (out of 850 games played so far). The top 69 game scores belong to pitchers who won Player of the Game honors.

Three players had the previous high Box-Toppers game score (+9.0) for batters earning Player of the Game honors in 2019. They are:

American League Player of the Day—Niko Goodrum of the Tigers hit two homers and doubled in the 8-2 win over the Braves. Goodrum went 5-for-5, scoring four times and driving in three runs.

AL & NL Batters of the Day—There are no separate AL and NL Batters of the Day for Friday because batters won the overall Player of the Day (Story) and AL Player of the Day (Goodrum).

Notable—Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi has the most Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Friday.

Lucchesi (6.1IP 2H R BB 5K W in the 5-2 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.7 for the season. He ranks 20th among all players and 10th among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Joey Gallo of the Rangers extends his 2019 Box-Toppers points lead among AL batters after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Gallo (GS 1-4 R 4BI in the 6-2 win over the Royals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.0 for the season. He ranks 22nd among all players and increases his lead among AL batters, ahead of second place Brett Gardner of the Yankees (4.5).

Debut—Myles Straw of the Astros made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Straw (pinch-runner 0-0 R 0BI in the 3-2 win over the Athletics) made his Major League debut Sept. 15, 2018, and was playing in his 10th career game.

Scoring—Story earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Goodrum earns 1.7 points for being AL Player 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)

5/31 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 COL 13, TOR 6 Trevor Story SS 4 4 3 7
AL +7.0 DET 8, ATL 2 Niko Goodrum SS 5 4 5 3
+6.1 SD 5, MIA 2 Joey Lucchesi (W, 4‑3) 6.1 2 1 1 1 5
+5.0 CIN 9, WSH 3 Curt Casali C 4 2 3 4
+5.0 LAD 6, PHI 3 Kenta Maeda (W, 7‑2) 6.0 3 2 2 0 6
+3.1 SEA 4, LAA 3 Anthony Bass (S, 1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 BAL 9, SF 6 Dwight Smith LF 3 1 1 4
+3.0 NYY 4, BOS 1 J.A. Happ (W, 5‑3) 5.0 3 1 1 2 5
+2.2 `MIN 5, TB 3 Jose Berrios 6.2 3 3 3 3 8
+2.0 PIT 9, MIL 4 Starling Marte CF 5 3 3 1
+2.0 TEX 6, KC 2 Joey Gallo CF 4 1 1 4
+2.0 STL 2, CHC 1 (F/10) Jordan Hicks (W, 2‑2) 2.0 0 0 0 2 2
+1.0 NYM 5, ARI 4 Adeiny Hechavarria 2B 4 1 2 2
+1.0 CHW 6, CLE 1 Yolmer Sanchez 2B 3 1 2 1
+1.0 HOU 3, OAK 2 Myles Straw PR 0 1 0 0
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 +/‑
Lucchesi, Joey 3936 pi sp sd nl 6.7 12.7 12.7 12.7 +0.7
Gallo, Joey 3485 lf cf tex al 6.0 11.0 19.0 19.0 +1.0
Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 5.0 22.8 31.8 31.8 -12.8
Maeda, Kenta 3609 pi sp mr lad nl 5.0 15.7 35.7 35.7 -5.7
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 4.0 19.7 57.9 76.6 -11.7
Story, Trevor 3607 ss col nl 4.0 10.0 19.0 19.0 -2.0
Smith, Dwight Jr. 4112 lf bal al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Hicks, Jordan 3991 pi mr cp stl nl 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Marte, Starling 3122 cf pit nl 2.0 3.0 14.5 18.0 +1.0
Goodrum, Niko 3932 ss 1b rf 3b 2b det al 1.7 6.7 6.7 6.7 -3.3
Bass, Anthony 2974 pi cp mr sea al 1.0 2.0 3.0 5.0 0.0
Hechavarria, Adeiny 3445 2b nym nl 1.0 1.0 6.5 6.5 +1.0
Sanchez, Yolmer Carlos 3589 2b chi al 1.0 1.0 5.0 5.0 +1.0
Casali, Curt 3524 ca cin nl 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Straw, Myles 4152 pr hou al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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