Rockies’ Jon Gray tops players for Saturday, June 1; Astros’ Verlander extends player rankings lead

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Rockies pitcher Jon Gray is Saturday’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 1.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 13.8
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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Also Saturday, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander extends his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Gray struck out seven over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks, in the 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Gray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season. He ranks 52nd among all players and 21st among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander struck out eight over eight innings, allowing one run, four hits and two walks, in the 5-1 win over the Athletics.

Verlander earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 13.8 for the season, extending his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings over second-place player, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (10.0). Verlander also extends his lead among AL pitchers, now with a 5.0-point lead over second-place Charlie Morton of the Rays (8.8).

Verlander also now has 191.9 career Box-Toppers points, eighth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails seventh-ranked player Albert Pujols of the Angels (193.3) by 1.4 points. Verlander ranks fifth among active players in career points.

National League Batter of the Day—Orlando Arcia of the Brewers hit two homers, including a go-ahead, two-run, 13th-inning shot, in the 12-10, 13-inning win over the Pirates. Arcia went 2-for-6, scoring three times and driving in four runs.

American League Batter of the Day—Byron Buxton of the Twins homered and went 2-for-3, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 6-2 win over the Rays.

Notable—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw now has 219.5 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Kershaw (7IP 6H R 0BB 6K ND in the 4-3 win over the Phillies) ranks third in career points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails second-ranked player Pedro Martinez (244.8). Kershaw leads active players in career points, ahead of second-place player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (201.4).

Kershaw, who earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point Saturday, now has 4.7 points on the season, 18th among NL pitchers.

Debut—Nationals pitcher Tanner Rainey made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Rainey (1.1IP 0H 0R BB 3K W in the 5-2 win over the Reds) made his Major League debut April 10, 2018, and was playing in his 14th career game.

Scoring—Gray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Verlander earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Arcia and Buxton each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

6/1 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +8.2 COL 4, TOR 2 Jon Gray (W, 5‑4) 6.2 2 0 0 3 7
AL +8.0 HOU 5, OAK 1 Justin Verlander (W, 9‑2) 8.0 4 1 1 2 8
+5.2 ATL 10, DET 5 Luke Jackson (S, 8) 1.2 1 0 0 0 5
+5.0 `LAD 4, PHI 3 Clayton Kershaw 7.0 6 1 1 0 6
+5.0 `LAA 6, SEA 3 Andrew Heaney 6.0 5 3 3 0 10
+5.0 `STL 7, CHC 4 Jack Flaherty 5.0 4 2 2 0 8
+3.1 TEX 6, KC 2 Lance Lynn (W, 7‑4) 6.1 6 2 2 0 7
+3.1 WSH 5, CIN 2 Tanner Rainey (W, 1‑1) 1.1 0 0 0 1 3
BAT +3.0 MIL 12, PIT 10 (F/13) Orlando Arcia SS 6 3 2 4
+3.0 SF 8, BAL 2 Brandon Belt LF‑1B 3 0 2 4
+3.0 CLE 5, CHW 2 Brad Hand (S, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 `ARI 6, NYM 5 (F/11) Zack Godley 4.0 2 1 1 0 3
BAT +2.0 MIN 6, TB 2 Byron Buxton CF 3 1 2 2
+1.1 NYY 5, BOS 3 Chad Green (W, 1‑2) 1.1 2 0 0 0 2
+1.0 MIA 9, SD 3 Miguel Rojas SS 4 2 2 1
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 +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 13.8 37.9 77.7 191.9 -10.3
Jackson, Luke 4139 pi cp atl nl 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 4.7 12.7 117.4 219.5 -3.3
Arcia, Orlando 3717 ss mil nl 4.7 5.7 8.2 8.2 +3.7
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 4.0 15.7 27.4 27.4 -7.7
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp cle al 4.0 11.0 24.7 25.7 -3.0
Belt, Brandon 2943 1b sf nl 4.0 8.0 21.0 31.0 0.0
Lynn, Lance 2992 pi sp tex al 4.0 7.0 37.8 71.6 +1.0
Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 3.7 16.8 16.8 16.8 -9.4
Heaney, Andrew 3515 pi sp ana al 2.0 11.7 16.7 16.7 -7.7
Rojas, Miguel 3642 ss 1b fla nl 2.0 3.0 6.5 6.5 +1.0
Buxton, Byron 3604 cf min al 1.5 1.5 12.7 12.7 +1.5
Godley, Zack 3538 pi mr sp ari nl 1.0 11.7 27.4 27.4 -9.7
Green, Chad 3675 pi mr nyy al 1.0 1.0 8.0 8.0 +1.0
Rainey, Tanner 4153 pi mr dc nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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