Twins’ Kyle Gibson tops players for Friday, June 14; Astros’ Cole rises to 4th in player rankings

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Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson 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 June 14.
 
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 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.4
5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 10.2
6 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 9.7
7 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 9.7
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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Also Friday, Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rises to ninth place on Box-Toppers “all-time” career points list, passing Alex Rodriguez.

Player of the Day—Gibson struck out six over eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits and no walks, in the 2-0 win over the Royals.

Gibson earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, rising to 29th place among all players and 13th place among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing two runs, three hits and walking one, in the 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Scherzer earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 188.2 career Box-Toppers points, rising to ninth place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Friday, Scherzer passes Alex Rodriguez (187.0) on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” career points list and now trails eighth-ranked player, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (191.9) by 3.7 points. Scherzer ranks sixth among active players in career points.

Scherzer also now has 6.4 Box-Toppers points for the season, 26th among all players and 12th among NL pitchers.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 219.5
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 201.4
5 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 199.4
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 194.8
7 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
8 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 191.9
9 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 188.2
10 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 171.2
13 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
14 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 168.6
15 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
16 Johan Santana pi sp retired 166.6
17 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
18 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp free agent 155.9
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American League Batter of the Day—Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox hit two three-run home runs in the 10-2 win over the Yankees. Jimenez went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in six runs.

Jimenez earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 5.5 for the season, rising to fourth place among AL batters.

National League Batter of the Day—Hunter Renfroe of the Padres hit three home runs and went 4-for-7, scoring four times and driving in five runs, in the 16-12, 12-inning win over the Rockies.

Rankings—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises from seventh to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Cole (6IP 3H 2R 2BB 10K W in the 15-2 win over the Blue Jays) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.4 for the season. He ranks third among AL pitchers, behind teammate Justin Verlander (13.8) and Charlie Morton of the Rays (11.8).

Cole becomes the fifth player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his third season with 10 or more points. He did it in 2015 with the Pirates (19.0 points, ninth among all players) and 2018 with the Astros (18.0 points, eighth among all players).

Scoring—Gibson earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Scherzer earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Jimenez and Renfroe 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)

6/14 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 MIN 2, KC 0 Kyle Gibson (W, 7‑3) 8.0 2 0 0 0 6
NL +9.0 WSH 7, ARI 3 Max Scherzer (W, 5‑5) 7.0 3 2 2 1 10
BAT +7.0 CHW 10, NYY 2 Eloy Jimenez LF 5 3 3 6
+7.0 HOU 15, TOR 2 Gerrit Cole (W, 6‑5) 6.0 3 2 2 2 10
BAT +6.0 SD 16, COL 12 (F/12) Hunter Renfroe LF‑RF 7 4 4 5
+6.0 `TEX 7, CIN 1 Jesse Chavez 3.0 1 0 0 0 4
+5.0 CLE 13, DET 4 Jake Bauers DH 5 2 4 4
+4.2 `STL 5, NYM 4 (F/10) Giovanny Gallegos 1.2 0 0 0 0 3
+4.0 PIT 11, MIA 0 Colin Moran 3B 5 1 3 5
+4.0 BOS 13, BAL 2 J.D. Martinez RF 4 2 3 3
+4.0 SEA 9, OAK 2 Omar Narvaez C 4 3 3 2
+4.0 STL 9, NYM 5 Jose Martinez PH 1 1 1 3
+4.0 LAD 5, CHC 3 Kenley Jansen (S, 20) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.1 TB 9, LAA 4 Emilio Pagan (W, 2‑1) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 SF 5, MIL 3 Kevin Pillar RF 3 2 3 1
+2.0 ATL 9, PHI 8 Brian McCann C 5 1 3 3
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 +/‑
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.4 28.4 66.6 71.3 -7.6
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.4 31.5 125.3 188.2 -18.7
Gibson, Kyle 3312 pi sp min al 6.0 13.4 32.4 32.4 -1.4
Jimenez, Eloy 4107 lf chi al 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 +5.5
Martinez, J.D. 2922 dh rf bos al 4.5 17.0 34.7 39.7 -8.0
Moran, Colin 3931 3b ph pit nl 4.0 7.5 7.5 7.5 +0.5
Renfroe, Hunter 3749 lf rf ph sd nl 4.0 7.2 13.7 13.7 +0.8
Jansen, Kenley 2871 pi cp lad nl 4.0 6.0 29.0 49.4 +2.0
Narvaez, Omar 4095 ca sea al 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 +3.7
McCann, Brian 2179 ca atl nl 3.5 3.5 23.7 65.9 +3.5
Gallegos, Giovanny 4104 pi mr stl nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Martinez, Jose 3830 rf lf 1b ph stl nl 2.0 8.0 12.0 12.0 -4.0
Chavez, Jesse 2780 pi mr sp cp tex al 2.0 4.0 24.1 28.1 0.0
Bauers, Jake 3993 dh 1b cle al 1.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 -4.5
Pillar, Kevin 3486 rf sf nl 1.0 3.0 10.5 10.5 -1.0
Pagan, Emilio 3876 pi mr tb al 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
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