Orioles pitcher Andrew Cashner is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of June 29.
|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||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||11.2|
|5||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||10.7|
|6||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||10.4|
|7||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||10.4|
|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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Also Saturday, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. He also becomes the fifth player to reach 200 career Box-Toppers points since player tracking began in 1995.
Player of the Day—Cashner struck out six over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 13-0 win over the Indians.
Cashner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, 123rd among all players, 42nd among American League pitchers.
National League Player of the Day—Padres pitcher Chris Paddack struck out eight over six innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk, in the 12-2 win over the Cardinals.
Paddack had a Box-Toppers game score Saturday of +9.0, same as overall Player of the Day Cashner. But Cashner held the tiebreaking edge to win overall Player of the Day because he had more innings pitched—seven vs. six.
American League Batter of the Day—DJ LeMahieu of the Yankees doubled and went 4-for-6, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 17-13 win over the Red Sox, in a game played in London, the first Major League game played in Europe.
National League Batter of the Day—Neil Walker of the Marlins homered and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 9-6 win over the Phillies.
Rankings—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke rises from seventh to fourth in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.
Greinke (7IP 5H 0R 0BB 6K W in the 4-3 win over the Giants) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.2 for the season. He rises to second place among NL pitchers, behind closer Josh Hader of the Brewers (14.7). Greinke now leads all NL starting pitchers, ahead of second-place Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers (10.7).
Greinke also becomes the fifth player in the 25th season of Box-Toppers tracking history to reach 200 career Box-Toppers points. Greinke’s 200.4 career points ranks fifth among all players since 1995, trailing fourth-ranked player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (203.4). Greinke ranks third among active players in career points, behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (220.5) and Sabathia.
Notable—Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers now has 149.9 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.
Cabrera (3-5 2R 3BI in the 7-5 win over the Nationals) rises to 24th place in career points since 1995, passing Chipper Jones (149.0) on the “all-time” list. Cabrera now trails 23rd-ranked player Greg Maddux (151.7). (It should be noted that Maddux would have an estimated 250 career Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1986 were tracked.)
Cabrera ranks 10th among active players in career points. He ranks fifth among all batters in career points since 1995 and ranks second among active batters in career points, behind Albert Pujols of the Angels (194.8), the “all-time” leader in career points among batters.
Cabrera has 2.0 Box-Toppers points in 2019 and has earned just 5.0 total points since the start of 2017—2.0 points in 2017, 1.0 in 2018 and 2.0 in 2019.
Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Saturday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:
Rays pitcher Brendan McKay (6IP H 0R BB 3K W in the 5-2 win over the Rangers) was also making his Major League debut.
Cavan Biggio of the Blue Jays (GS 1-3 R 4BI in the 7-5 win over the Royals) made his Major League debut May 24 and was playing in his 30th career game. Biggio is the son of Craig Biggio, who earned 54.2 career Box-Toppers points from 1995 to 2007 (Biggio’s career began in 1988, before the advent of Box-Toppers player tracking).
Scoring—Cashner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Paddack earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. LeMahieu and Walker 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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
|MLB||+9.0||BAL 13, CLE 0||Andrew Cashner (W, 8‑3)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||3||0||0||1||6|
|NL||+9.0||SD 12, STL 2||Chris Paddack (W, 5‑4)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||2||1||1||1||8|
|+8.0||ARI 4, SF 3||Zack Greinke (W, 9‑3)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||5||0||0||0||6|
|+7.0||MIN 10, CHW 3||Michael Pineda (W, 5‑4)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||4||1||1||1||8|
|+7.0||TB 5, TEX 2||Brendan McKay (W, 1‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||1||0||0||1||3|
|+6.2||OAK 4, LAA 0||Brett Anderson (W, 8‑5)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.2||2||0||0||2||3|
|+5.2||MIL 3, PIT 1||Brandon Woodruff (W, 10‑2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.2||6||1||1||0||6|
|BAT||+5.0||NYY 17, BOS 13||DJ LeMahieu 3B‑1B||6||2||4||5||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+4.0||CHC 6, CIN 0||Jose Quintana (W, 5‑7)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||6||0||0||0||4|
|+4.0||`HOU 6, SEA 5 (F/10)||Collin McHugh||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|+3.0||DET 7, WSH 5||Miguel Cabrera DH||5||2||3||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|BAT||+3.0||MIA 9, PHI 6||Neil Walker 3B||4||2||2||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||TOR 7, KC 5||Cavan Biggio RF||3||1||1||4||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|+3.0||COL 5, LAD 3||Wade Davis (S, 12)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|+2.0||ATL 5, NYM 4||Luke Jackson (S, 13)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||1||2|
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 playersHere 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||+/‑|
|Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||11.2||24.2||91.2||200.4||-1.8|
|Paddack, Chris 4093||pi sp||sd nl||9.4||9.4||9.4||9.4||+9.4|
|Woodruff, Brandon 3868||pi sp||mil nl||7.7||8.7||9.7||9.7||+6.7|
|Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi nl||6.7||16.8||54.9||67.0||-3.4|
|Jackson, Luke 4139||pi cp||atl nl||6.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||+6.0|
|McHugh, Collin 3316||pi sp||hou al||4.0||7.0||42.9||42.9||+1.0|
|Cashner, Andrew 2807||pi sp||bal al||4.0||6.0||23.7||37.4||+2.0|
|Pineda, Michael 2841||pi sp||min al||3.0||3.0||29.4||41.1||+3.0|
|LeMahieu, DJ 3091||2b 3b 1b||nyy al||2.5||6.0||28.5||31.5||-1.0|
|Walker, Neil 2756||dh 3b 1b||fla nl||2.5||3.5||20.0||36.0||+1.5|
|Davis, Wade 2681||pi cp||col nl||2.0||9.0||29.0||40.0||-5.0|
|Anderson, Brett 2597||pi sp||oak al||2.0||7.0||15.0||35.7||-3.0|
|Cabrera, Miguel 1776||dh 1b||det al||2.0||3.0||34.2||149.9||+1.0|
|Biggio, Cavan 4183||rf||tor al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||+1.0|
|McKay, Brendan 4182||pi sp||tb al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||+1.0|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.