Mariners’ J.P. Crawford tops players for Sunday, June 23; Astros’ Verlander extends player rankings lead

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J.P. Crawford of the Mariners is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Sunday, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander extends his lead 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 23.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.8
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 13.7
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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Player of the Day—Crawford homered and went 4-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 13-3 win over the Orioles.

Crawford earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the season and ranks 276th among all players, 61st among American League batters.

National League Player of the Day—Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff struck out 12 over seven innings, allowing three runs, seven hits and one walk, in the 7-5 win over the Reds.

National League Batter of the Day—Will Smith of the Dodgers hit a walk-off, pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 6-3 win over the Rockies.

This was Smith’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Smith made his Major League debut May 28 and was playing in his seventh career game.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Sunday because the overall Player of the Day is AL batter J.P. Crawford.

Rankings—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander extends his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Verlander (7IP 4H 3R 2BB 9K W in the 9-4 win over the Yankees) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 14.8 for the season. He leads over second-place overall player, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (13.7) and also leads AL pitchers, ahead of second-place Charlie Morton of the Rays (11.8).

Verlander has led Box-Toppers season player rankings since May 10. He last earned Player of the Game honors June 1, making this the longest he has gone without earning Player of the Game honors so far this season.

Verlander also now has 192.9 career Box-Toppers points, eighth place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails seventh-ranked player Curt Schilling (194.1) by 1.2 points. He’s 1.9 points behind sixth-ranked Albert Pujols of the Angels (194.8). Verlander ranks fifth among active players in career points, just behind Pujols.

Debut—In addition to Smith, Jacob Stallings of the Pirates also made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Stallings (1-1 R 2BI in the 11-10, 11-inning win over the Padres) made his Major League debut June 18, 2016, and was playing in his 40th career game.

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

6/23 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +6.0 SEA 13, BAL 3 J.P. Crawford SS 4 2 4 4
+6.0 TOR 6, BOS 1 Marcus Stroman (W, 5‑9) 6.0 5 0 0 1 6
NL +5.0 MIL 7, CIN 5 Brandon Woodruff (W, 9‑2) 7.0 7 3 3 1 12
+5.0 `ARI 3, SF 2 (F/10) Merrill Kelly 6.0 4 2 2 2 9
BAT +4.0 LAD 6, COL 3 Will Smith PH 1 1 1 3
+4.0 HOU 9, NYY 4 Justin Verlander (W, 10‑3) 7.0 4 3 3 2 9
+4.0 LAA 6, STL 4 Tyler Skaggs (W, 7‑6) 5.0 4 0 0 0 3
+3.0 ATL 4, WSH 3 (F/10) Johan Camargo PH 1 1 1 2
+3.0 PIT 11, SD 10 (F/11) Jacob Stallings PH 1 1 1 2
+3.0 CHC 5, NYM 3 Pedro Strop (S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.1 KC 8, MIN 1 Homer Bailey (W, 7‑6) 5.1 5 1 1 1 5
+2.1 TEX 7, CHW 4 Shawn Kelley (S, 10) 1.1 1 0 0 0 2
+2.0 TB 8, OAK 2 Travis d'Arnaud 1B 5 2 2 3
+2.0 MIA 6, PHI 4 Jordan Yamamoto (W, 3‑0) 5.0 2 2 2 4 7
+1.0 CLE 8, DET 3 Jason Kipnis 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 +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.8 38.9 78.7 192.9 -9.3
Woodruff, Brandon 3868 pi sp mil nl 6.7 7.7 8.7 8.7 +5.7
Kelly, Merrill 4143 pi sp ari nl 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Skaggs, Tyler 3183 pi sp ana al 4.7 12.4 25.1 27.8 -3.0
Bailey, Homer 2324 pi sp kc al 4.7 4.7 15.4 53.8 +4.7
Stroman, Marcus 3327 pi sp tor al 4.0 7.0 34.8 34.8 +1.0
Yamamoto, Jordan 4161 pi sp fla nl 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Kipnis, Jason 2933 2b cle al 3.5 5.0 13.0 29.5 +2.0
Kelley, Shawn 2630 pi cp mr tex al 3.0 4.0 10.0 14.0 +2.0
Camargo, Johan 3829 3b atl nl 2.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 +1.0
Crawford, J.P. 3937 ss sea al 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
d’Arnaud, Travis 3384 ca 1b tb al 2.0 2.0 13.2 13.2 +2.0
Smith, Will 4175 ph lad nl 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Strop, Pedro 3005 pi cp mr chi nl 1.0 6.0 9.0 13.0 -4.0
Stallings, Jacob 4176 ph pit nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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