Cubs’ Jon Lester tops players for Monday, June 24; Indians’ Plutko tops AL players

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Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is Monday’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 24.
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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Lester struck out seven over six innings, allowing two runs (none earned), five hits and no walks, in the 8-3 win over the Braves.

Lester earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, 37th in season player rankings, 17th among National League pitchers.

Lester also now has 170.6 career Box-Toppers points, 14th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 13th-ranked player Roy Halladay (170.7) by 0.1 point. Lester ranks ninth among active players in career points, trailing teammate Cole Hamels (171.2) by 0.6 points.

Lester edged Rockies pitcher Jon Gray Monday as overall Player of the Day. Gray was Player of the Game in the Rockies’ 2-0 win over the Giants (6IP 4H 0R 2BB 6K W). Both Lester and Gray had Box-Toppers game scores of +6.0 and both pitched six innings, but Lester edged Gray to win Player of the Day because he had one more strikeout (seven vs. six). As a consequence, Lester earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points Monday while Gray, a fellow NL pitcher, earns 1.0 point.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Adam Plutko struck out three over four innings, allowing one run, one hit and no walks, in the 3-2, 10-inning win over the Royals. 

Plutko started the game but did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because he did not pitch the required five innings to earn the win an also because the game was tied, 1-1, when he exited. However, because Plutko pitched at least three innings, he was eligible to be considered for Player of the Game honors.

National League Batter of the Day—Maikel Franco of the Phillies homered and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 13-7 win over the mets.

American League Batter of the Day—Marco Hernandez of the Red Sox hit a walk-off, RBI single in the 6-5 win over the White Sox.

This was Hernandez’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Hernandez made his Major League debut April 17, 2016, and was playing in his 73rd career game.

Notable—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia now has 203.4 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Sabathia (6IP 6H 2R 2BB 9K W in the 10-8 win over the Blue Jays) ranks fourth among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails third-ranked player, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (220.5). Sabathia ranks second among active players in career points, behind Kershaw.

Sabathia also now has 3.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 45th among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Lester earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Plutko earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Franco and Hernandez each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)

6/24 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +6.0 CHC 8, ATL 3 Jon Lester (W, 7‑5) 6.0 5 2 0 0 7
+6.0 COL 2, SF 0 Jon Gray (W, 8‑5) 6.0 4 0 0 2 6
BAT +4.0 PHI 13, NYM 7 Maikel Franco 3B 4 2 3 3
+4.0 ARI 8, LAD 5 Christian Walker 1B 3 2 2 3
AL +4.0 `CLE 3, KC 2 (F/10) Adam Plutko 4.0 1 1 1 0 3
+3.0 NYY 10, TOR 8 CC Sabathia (W, 5‑4) 6.0 6 2 2 2 9
BAT +2.0 BOS 6, CHW 5 Marco Hernandez PR‑2B 1 1 1 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 +/‑
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp chi nl 6.0 16.7 77.9 170.6 -4.7
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 5.0 16.7 28.4 28.4 -6.7
Plutko, Adam 3975 pi sp cle al 3.7 4.7 4.7 4.7 +2.7
Franco, Maikel 3510 3b phi nl 3.5 8.5 18.9 18.9 -1.5
Walker, Christian 3958 1b ph ari nl 3.5 5.0 5.0 5.0 +2.0
Sabathia, CC 1492 pi sp nyy al 3.0 10.7 31.1 203.4 -4.7
Hernandez, Marco 4177 2b pr bos al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
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