Rangers’ Lance Lynn tops players for Friday, June 28; Pirates’ Vazquez tops NL players

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Rangers pitcher Lance Lynn is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Lynn struck out 10 over eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 5-0 win over the Rays.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of June 28.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.8
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 14.7
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 11.8
4 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 10.7
5 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 10.4
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.4
7 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 10.2
8 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 9.7
9 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 9.4
10 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 9.4
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Lynn earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season, 28th among all players and 12th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Pirates closing pitcher Felipe Vazquez struck out four over two scoreless and hitless innings, allowing no walks and picking up the win, in the 3-2 win over the Brewers.

American League Batter of the Day—Matt Olson of the Athletics hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, in the 7-2 win over the Angels. Olson went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in five runs.

National League Batter of the Day—Nolan Arenado of the Rockies homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 13-9 win over the Dodgers.

Arenado earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 8.0 for the season, most among the 14 who earned Player of the Game honors Friday. Arenado ranks 21st in Box-Toppers season player rankings and rises to second among NL batters, behind Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (9.2).

Debut—Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Hernandez (5.2IP 3H 2R 2BB 7K W in the 6-2 win over the Phillies) made his Major League debut May 10, 2018, and was playing in his fifth career game.

Scoring—Lynn earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Vazquez earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Olson and Arenado each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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)

6/28 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +14.0 TEX 5, TB 0 Lance Lynn (W, 10‑4) 8.0 3 0 0 1 10
+8.0 BAL 13, CLE 0 John Means (W, 7‑4) 5.0 1 0 0 1 5
BAT +7.0 OAK 7, LAA 2 Matt Olson 1B 3 2 3 5
NL +6.0 PIT 3, MIL 2 Felipe Vazquez (W, 2‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 4
+5.0 WSH 3, DET 1 Anibal Sanchez (W, 4‑6) 6.0 6 1 1 1 8
+3.2 MIA 6, PHI 2 Elieser Hernandez (W, 1‑2) 5.2 3 2 2 2 7
+3.1 CIN 6, CHC 3 Sonny Gray (W, 4‑5) 6.1 4 2 2 1 6
+3.1 TOR 6, KC 2 Daniel Hudson (W, 4‑2) 1.1 1 0 0 0 3
+3.1 SD 3, STL 1 Kirby Yates (S, 27) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +3.0 COL 13, LAD 9 Nolan Arenado 3B 5 2 4 2
+3.0 ATL 6, NYM 2 Austin Riley LF 3 2 2 2
+3.0 `HOU 2, SEA 1 (F/10) Roberto Osuna 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 SF 6, ARI 3 Buster Posey C 4 1 3 2
+2.0 CHW 6, MIN 4 Alex Colome (S, 17) 1.0 0 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 +/‑
Arenado, Nolan 3306 3b col nl 8.0 13.0 42.9 42.9 +3.0
Lynn, Lance 2992 pi sp tex al 7.0 10.0 40.8 74.6 +4.0
Riley, Austin 4144 lf atl nl 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 +5.5
Means, John 4115 pi cp bal al 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +5.0
Vazquez, Felipe 3579 pi cp pit nl 4.7 10.7 15.7 15.7 -1.3
Gray, Sonny 3259 pi sp cin nl 4.0 12.7 49.9 53.9 -4.7
Sanchez, Anibal 2187 pi sp dc nl 4.0 12.4 22.8 79.7 -4.4
Colome, Alex 3189 pi cp chi al 4.0 7.0 29.7 30.7 +1.0
Hudson, Dan 2776 pi mr tor al 4.0 5.0 8.0 25.0 +3.0
Yates, Kirby 3628 pi cp sd nl 3.0 8.0 12.0 12.0 -2.0
Posey, Buster 2745 ca sf nl 3.0 4.5 30.0 47.0 +1.5
Olson, Matt 3836 1b oak al 2.5 7.7 9.2 9.2 -2.7
Osuna, Roberto 3512 pi mr cp hou al 1.0 4.0 15.0 15.0 -2.0
Hernandez, Elieser 4181 pi sp fla nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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