Indians’ Bauer tops players for Sunday, June 16; Hader, Ryu rise in player rankings top 10

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Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is Sunday’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 16.
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 13.8
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 12.0
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 11.8
4 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 10.7
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.4
6 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 10.2
7 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 9.7
8 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 9.4
9 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 9.4
10 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 9.2
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Also Sunday, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings—increasing his lead among National League pitchers—after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings, becoming the sixth player in 2019 to reach 10 Box-Toppers points.

Player of the Day—Bauer pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking none, in the 8-0 win over the Tigers.

Bauer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.4 for the season, rising to 18th place among all players and eighth place among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Matt Adams of the Nationals hit two home runs—a grand slam and a three-run homer—in the 15-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Adams went 2-for-5, scoring twice and driving in seven runs.

American League Batter of the Day—Brett Gardner of the Yankees went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 10-3 win over the White Sox.

Gardner earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, rising to first place among AL batters, passing previous leader Joey Gallo of the Rangers (6.0). (Though they both have 6.0 Box-Toppers points, Gardner ranks ahead because he had more 2018 Box-Toppers points—5.5 vs. 5.0.) Gallo had led AL batters in Box-Toppers points since April 21.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Sunday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Matt Adams.

Hader—Brewers closing pitcher Josh Hader rises from third to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings—increasing his lead among NL pitchers—after earning Player of the Game honors.

Hader (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K Sv in the 5-3 win over the Giants) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.0 for the season. He trails overall leader, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (13.8) by 1.8 points. He leads second-place NL pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers (10.7) by 1.3 points.

Hader has now already surpassed his point total from his best season—2018 with the Brewers, when he led all closing pitchers with 11.7 points. In other words, less than halfway through the season, Hader is on pace to more than double his total that led all closing pitchers last season.

Hader’s 12.0 Box-Toppers points is already tied for the 13th-most by any closing pitcher in a single season since 1998, when Box-Toppers began separately tracking the point totals of closers. (Overall Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.) 

The most points in a single season by a closer is 19.0 by Eric Gagne of the Dodgers in 2003. Gagne also led all NL pitchers that season, the only closing pitcher to lead his league’s pitchers in points over a season. (Gagne later admitted to performing enhancing drug use during that season.)

Hader already has the most points by any closing pitcher in an entire single season since Craig Kimbrel of the Braves led NL closers in 2013 with 12.7 points. In other words, Hader’s 12.0 points, which have all been earned less than halfway through 2019, would have led all closing pitchers over the course of the entire season in any of the previous five seasons.

Ryu—Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises from sixth to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Ryu (7IP 7H 2R 0ER 0BB 8K ND in the 3-2 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season. Ryu rises to second place among NL pitchers, behind Hader (12.0). 

Ryu also becomes the sixth player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. It is his third season with 10 or more points. He did it in 2014 with the Dodgers (11.4, 15th among NL pitchers) and 2018 with the Dodgers (10.1, 26th among NL pitchers).

Streak—Mariners pitcher Mike Leake has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Sunday.

Leake (7IP 7H 3R 2ER 0BB 7K W in the 6-3 win over the Athletics) earned his first point in 2010 with the Reds and now has 57.3 career Box-Toppers points, 19th among active AL pitchers. His best season was 2015 with the Giants when he had 10.0 points, 18th among NL pitchers. In 2018, he had 6.0 points with the Mariners, 45th among AL pitchers.

Debut—Rays pitcher Colin Poche made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Poche (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 6-5 win over the Angels) made his Major League debut June 8 and was playing in his fifth career game.

Scoring—Bauer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Adams earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Gardner earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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)

6/16 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 CLE 8, DET 0 Trevor Bauer (W, 5‑6) 9.0 4 0 0 0 8
NL +6.0 WSH 15, ARI 5 Matt Adams 1B 5 2 2 7
+6.0 `LAD 3, CHC 2 Hyun‑Jin Ryu 7.0 7 2 0 0 8
+5.0 CIN 11, TEX 3 Jesse Winker CF‑LF 5 1 4 5
+5.0 SD 14, COL 13 Greg Garcia 2B 5 2 4 4
+5.0 ATL 15, PHI 1 Ronald Acuna CF 5 4 4 2
+5.0 TB 6, LAA 5 Colin Poche (W, 1‑1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
+5.0 MIL 5, SF 3 Josh Hader (S, 17) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.2 TOR 12, HOU 0 Trent Thornton (W, 2‑5) 6.2 6 0 0 3 7
BAT +4.0 NYY 10, CHW 3 Brett Gardner CF 4 2 2 4
+3.0 KC 8, MIN 6 Martin Maldonado C 4 2 3 2
+3.0 STL 4, NYM 3 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 2 2 1 2
+2.0 SEA 6, OAK 3 Mike Leake (W, 6‑6) 7.0 7 3 2 0 7
+1.2 `PIT 5, MIA 4 Kyle Crick (H, 10) 1.2 1 0 0 1 2
+1.0 BOS 8, BAL 6 (F/10) Mookie Betts RF 5 1 3 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 +/‑
Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 12.0 23.7 26.7 26.7 +0.3
Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 10.7 20.8 37.2 46.9 +0.6
Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 7.4 21.5 57.7 60.7 -6.7
Gardner, Brett 2486 cf nyy al 6.0 11.5 17.7 31.7 +0.5
Thornton, Trent 4120 pi sp tor al 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 3.0 13.9 31.1 31.1 -7.9
Acuna, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf cf atl nl 2.7 11.9 11.9 11.9 -6.5
Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b stl nl 2.5 10.0 35.1 57.3 -5.0
Adams, Matt 3220 1b dc nl 1.7 6.7 17.7 22.7 -3.3
Leake, Mike 2709 pi sp sea al 1.0 7.0 36.7 57.3 -5.0
Maldonado, Martin 3082 ca kc al 1.0 6.5 11.0 15.0 -4.5
Winker, Jesse 3988 cf lf cin nl 1.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 -4.5
Garcia, Greg 3331 2b sd nl 1.0 2.5 5.5 5.5 -0.5
Crick, Kyle 3999 pi mr pit nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Poche, Colin 4165 pi mr tb al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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