Dodgers’ Walker Buehler tops players for Monday, June 3; Astros’ Valdez tops AL players

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Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler 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 3.
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 13.8
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 10.0
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 8.8
4 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 8.7
5 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 8.4
6 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf 1b lad nl 8.2
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 7.7
8 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 7.7
9 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 7.7
10 Giolito, Lucas 3900 pi sp chi al 7.7
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Buehler struck out 11 over eight innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

Buehler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season. He ranks 51st among all players, highest among the four who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. He ranks 21st among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Framber Valdez struck out three over four scoreless innings of middle relief, allowing two hits and two walks, in the 4-2 win over the Mariners.

National League Batter of the Day—Josh Naylor of the Padres hit a two-run, pinch-hit single in the 8-2 win over the Phillies.

This was Naylor’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Naylor made his Major League debut May 24 and was playing in his ninth career game.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 219.5
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 201.4
5 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 196.4
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 194.8
7 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
8 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 191.9
9 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
10 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 184.8
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
13 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 168.6
14 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 168.2
15 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
16 Johan Santana pi sp retired 166.6
17 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
18 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp free agent 155.9
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American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Monday because no AL batters earned Player of the Game honors Monday.

Notable—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester rises to 13th place on Box-Toppers career points list (tracking began in 1995) after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Lester (7IP 4H R BB 8K W in the 8-1 win over the Angels) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 168.6 career points. With his point Monday, he passes teammate Cole Hamels (168.2) on the “all-time” list and now trails 12th-ranked Roy Halladay (170.7). Passing Hamels, Lester now ranks eighth among active players in career points.

Lester also now has 4.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, 23rd among NL pitchers.

Scoring—Buehler earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Valdez earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Naylor earns 1.5 points for being NL 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)

6/3 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +15.0 LAD 3, ARI 1 Walker Buehler (W, 6‑1) 8.0 2 1 1 0 11
+6.0 CHC 8, LAA 1 Jon Lester (W, 4‑4) 7.0 4 1 1 1 6
BAT +3.0 SD 8, PHI 2 Josh Naylor PH 1 1 1 2
AL +3.0 HOU 4, SEA 2 Framber Valdez (W, 2‑2) 4.0 2 0 0 2 3
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 +/‑
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 4.0 19.1 19.1 19.1 -11.1
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp chi nl 4.0 14.7 75.9 168.6 -6.7
Valdez, Framber 4048 pi mr hou al 1.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 -0.3
Naylor, Josh 4154 ph sd nl 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
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