Dodgers’ Walker Buehler tops players for Friday, June 21; Mariners’ Smith tops AL players

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Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Buehler struck out 16, pitching a complete game, allowing two runs, three hits and no walks, in the 4-2 win over the Rockies.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of June 21.
 
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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Buehler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season, rising to 24th in season player rankings, 11th among National League pitchers.

Buehler had a Box-Toppers game score Friday of +18.0, which is the second-highest ranked game score for a Player of the Game winner so far in 2019. He ranks just behind the +19.0 Box-Toppers game score recorded on May 19 by Indians pitcher Shane Bieber (CG 5H 0R 0BB 15K W in the 10-0 win over the Orioles).

One other Player of the Game winner in 2019 also had a Box-Toppers game score the same as Buehler’s +18.0—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale on June 5 (CG 3H 0R 0BB 12K W in the 8-0 win over the Royals). But since Buehler had more strikeouts than Sale (15 vs. 12), his game score ranks ahead on a tiebreaker.

American League Player of the Day—Mallex Smith of the Mariners doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring four times and driving in one run, in the 10-9 win over the Orioles.

National League Batter of the Day—Alex Dickerson of the Giants hit a grand slam and tripled in the 11-5 win over the Diamondbacks. Dickerson went 3-for-5, scoring once and driving in six runs.

This was Dickerson’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Dickerson made his Major League debut Aug. 5, 2015, and was playing in his 108th career game.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Friday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Mallex Smith.

Notable—Marcell Ozuna of the Cardinals has the most 2019 Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Friday.

Ozuna (HR 3-4 2R 3BI in the 5-1 win over the Angels) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.0 for the season, rising to 19th in season player rankings. Ozuna also rises to second place among NL batters, behind Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (9.2).

Scoring—Buehler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Smith earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Dickerson earns 1.5 points for being NL 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)

6/21 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +18.0 LAD 4, COL 2 Walker Buehler (W, 8‑1) 9.0 3 2 2 0 16
+8.0 PIT 2, SD 1 Joe Musgrove (W, 5‑7) 7.0 5 1 1 0 8
BAT +5.0 SF 11, ARI 5 Alex Dickerson LF 5 1 3 6
AL +5.0 SEA 10, BAL 9 Mallex Smith CF 3 4 3 1
+4.2 `CHW 5, TEX 4 (F/10) Jace Fry 1.2 1 0 0 0 4
+4.0 STL 5, LAA 1 Marcell Ozuna LF 4 2 3 3
+3.0 CIN 11, MIL 7 Jose Iglesias SS 5 2 4 2
+3.0 MIN 8, KC 7 Taylor Rogers (S, 9) 2.0 0 0 0 0 1
+3.0 NYM 5, CHC 4 Edwin Diaz (S, 16) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 TB 5, OAK 3 Willy Adames SS 4 2 3 1
+2.0 BOS 7, TOR 5 (F/10) Christian Vazquez PH‑C 2 1 1 2
+2.0 NYY 4, HOU 1 James Paxton (W, 5‑3) 5.0 5 1 1 3 7
+1.0 CLE 7, DET 6 Carlos Santana 1B 4 1 2 2
+1.0 WSH 4, ATL 3 Victor Robles RF 2 1 1 1
+1.0 MIA 2, PHI 1 Sergio Romo (S, 14) 1.0 1 0 0 0 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 +/‑
Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 8.0 10.5 35.7 38.2 +5.5
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 7.0 22.1 22.1 22.1 -8.1
Paxton, James 3280 pi sp nyy al 6.4 23.4 45.5 48.2 -10.6
Musgrove, Joe 3705 pi sp pit nl 4.0 8.0 13.7 13.7 0.0
Iglesias, Jose 3532 ss cin nl 3.5 8.0 17.0 17.0 -1.0
Santana, Carlos 2757 1b cle al 2.5 6.0 19.7 29.7 -1.0
Robles, Victor 4087 cf rf dc nl 2.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 +1.0
Diaz, Edwin 3690 pi cp nym nl 2.0 11.0 27.0 27.0 -7.0
Smith, Mallex 3819 cf sea al 1.7 6.7 9.2 9.2 -3.3
Dickerson, Alex 4172 lf sf nl 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Vazquez, Christian 3380 ca ph bos al 1.0 3.0 12.0 12.0 -1.0
Rogers, Taylor 3648 pi cp min al 1.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 -1.0
Romo, Sergio 2539 pi cp fla nl 1.0 3.0 9.0 23.0 -1.0
Fry, Jace 4044 pi mr chi al 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Adames, Willy 4041 ss tb al 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
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