Rays’ Charlie Morton tops players for Monday, June 10, rises to 2nd in player rankings

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Rays pitcher Charlie Morton is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to second place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of June 10.
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 13.8
2 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 11.8
3 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 11.0
4 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 9.7
5 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 9.7
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.4
7 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 9.4
8 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 8.7
9 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 8.4
10 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 8.2
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Morton struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, in the 6-2 win over the Athletics.

Morton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.8 for the season, rising from third to second place in season player rankings. He also ranks second among American League pitchers, behind overall leader Justin Verlander of the Astros (13.8).

Morton is the third player this season to reach 10 or more Box-Toppers points. It is his second season to reach that mark; in 2018, he had 14.8 points with the Astros, 11th among AL pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb struck out six over 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks, in the 13-7 win over the Pirates.

National League Batter of the Day—Eduardo Escobar of the Diamondbacks hit two home runs and doubled in the 13-8 win over the Phillies. Escobar went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in five runs.

American League Batter of the Day—Shohei Ohtani of the Angels scored the go-ahead, eighth-inning run in the 5-3 win over the Dodgers. 

Ohtani had a Box-Toppers game score of +1.0 (0-0 R 0BI), which was identical with teammate Brian Goodwin (0-0 R 0BI). Both entered the game as pinch hitters. Ohtani beat Goodwin for Player of the Game honors on a rarely, if-ever used, low-level tiebreaker because his contribution was judged more critical since his run was the go-ahead run (putting the Angels up 4-3), while Goodwin’s run was an insurance run (making the score 5-3).

Scoring—Morton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Newcomb earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Escobar and Ohtani each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)

6/10 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 TB 6, OAK 2 Charlie Morton (W, 8‑0) 7.0 2 0 0 2 7
NL +9.2 ATL 13, PIT 7 Sean Newcomb (W, 1‑0) 4.2 1 0 0 0 6
BAT +7.0 ARI 13, PHI 8 Eduardo Escobar 3B 5 3 4 5
+4.0 `TEX 4, BOS 3 (F/11) Mike Minor 8.0 4 2 2 2 6
+3.0 WSH 12, CHW 1 Kurt Suzuki C 4 1 1 5
+3.0 STL 4, MIA 1 Michael Wacha (W, 4‑2) 6.0 5 0 0 2 4
+2.0 COL 6, CHC 5 Charlie Blackmon RF 4 1 3 2
BAT +1.0 LAA 5, LAD 3 Shohei Ohtani PH‑DH 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 +/‑
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 11.8 26.6 48.0 62.0 -3.0
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 7.0 14.7 23.1 43.8 -0.7
Ohtani, Shohei 3933 dh ph ana al 4.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 -4.0
Escobar, Eduardo 3135 3b ari nl 3.5 8.0 22.4 23.4 -1.0
Suzuki, Kurt 2344 ca ph dc nl 2.5 4.5 18.0 42.0 +0.5
Wacha, Michael 3276 pi sp stl nl 2.0 6.0 29.7 32.7 -2.0
Blackmon, Charlie 2891 rf col nl 2.0 4.5 19.7 22.2 -0.5
Newcomb, Sean 3831 pi mr sp atl nl 1.7 13.1 16.1 16.1 -9.7
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