Orioles’ Cashner tops players for Saturday, June 29; Diamondbacks’ Grienke rises to 4th in player rankings

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Orioles pitcher Andrew Cashner is Saturday’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 29.
 
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 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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

6/29 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
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
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 +/‑
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
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