Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke tops players for Thursday, June 13; Greinke, Bellinger rise in player rankings top 10

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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fourth place in season player rankings.

Also Thursday, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers rises to ninth 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 June 13.
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 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 10.2
5 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 9.7
6 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 9.7
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.4
8 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 9.4
9 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 9.2
10 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 8.7
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Player of the Day—Greinke struck out three over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 5-0 win over the Nationals.

Greinke earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.2 for the season, rising from 10th to fourth place in season player rankings, second among National League pitchers, behind Josh Hader of the Brewers (11.0).

Greinke becomes the fourth player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is the 10th season he’s earned 10 or more points in the 15 seasons he’s earned points. It is also the third straight season he’s had 10 or more points—in 2017, he had 20.1 points (eighth among all players) and in 2018, he had 13.0 points (10th among NL pitchers). His best season was 2009 with the Royals when he led all players with 21.5 points.

Greinke also now has 199.4 career Box-Toppers points, fifth-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails fourth-ranked player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (201.4) by 2.0 points. Greinke ranks third among active players in career points, behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (219.5) and Sabathia (201.4).

American League Player of the Day—Royals pitcher Homer Bailey struck out six over six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks, in the 7-3 win over the Tigers.

National League Batter of the Day—Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies hit two home runs and tripled in the 9-6 win over the Padres. Blackmon went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs.

American League Batter of the Day—Shohei Ohtani of the Angels hit a three-run homer, tripled and doubled in the 5-3 win over the Rays. Ohtani went 4-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs.

Ohtani earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 5.5 for the season, rising to third place among AL batters, behind Joey Gallo of the Rangers (6.0) and Max Kepler of the Twins (5.7).

Rankings—Dodgers pitcher Cody Bellinger rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Bellinger (2HR 3-4 2R 3BI in the 7-3 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 9.2 for the season, extending his lead among NL batters, ahead of second-place Josh Bell of the Pirates (7.7).

Bellinger also rises back into Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 list after a five-day absence after having been on the list all season. Bellinger fell off the list as of June 8. He is again the only batter among the top 10-ranked players.

Bellinger has now earned the most points in any single season in his career, even though it is not yet halfway through the season. In 2017, he earned 8.7 Box-Toppers points, most among NL rookies that season, winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award. In 2018, he earned no points despite playing in all 162 games. His 9.2-point increase from 2018 to 2019 ranks first among all players.

Debut—Danny Jansen of the Blue Jays made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Jansen (3-5 3R 2BI in the 12-3 win over the Orioles) made his Major League debut Aug. 13, 2018, and was playing in his 80th career game.

Scoring—Greinke earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bailey earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Blackmon and Ohtani each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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)

6/13 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +8.1 ARI 5, WSH 0 Zack Greinke (W, 8‑2) 7.1 2 0 0 0 3
AL +7.0 KC 7, DET 3 Homer Bailey (W, 5‑6) 6.0 2 0 0 3 6
BAT +5.0 COL 9, SD 6 Charlie Blackmon RF 5 2 4 4
BAT +5.0 LAA 5, TB 3 Shohei Ohtani DH 4 2 4 3
+4.0 MIN 10, SEA 5 Nelson Cruz DH 4 2 3 3
+4.0 LAD 7, CHC 3 Cody Bellinger RF 4 2 3 3
+3.0 TOR 12, BAL 3 Danny Jansen C 5 3 3 2
+2.0 BOS 7, TEX 6 Jackie Bradley CF 4 1 2 3
+2.0 CHW 5, NYY 4 Tim Anderson SS 4 1 2 3
+1.0 ATL 6, PIT 5 Ozzie Albies 2B 4 1 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 +/‑
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 10.2 23.2 90.2 199.4 -2.8
Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 9.2 9.2 17.9 17.9 +9.2
Ohtani, Shohei 3933 dh ana al 5.5 13.5 13.5 13.5 -2.5
Albies, Ozzie 3953 2b atl nl 4.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +2.0
Bailey, Homer 2324 pi sp kc al 3.7 3.7 14.4 52.8 +3.7
Anderson, Tim 3659 ss chi al 3.5 8.0 12.5 12.5 -1.0
Blackmon, Charlie 2891 rf col nl 3.5 6.0 21.2 23.7 +1.0
Cruz, Nelson Ramon 2224 dh min al 3.5 6.0 28.5 65.2 +1.0
Bradley, Jackie Jr. 3293 cf bos al 2.5 6.0 23.0 24.0 -1.0
Jansen, Danny 4163 ca tor al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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