Red Sox’ Chris Sale tops players for Wednesday, June 5; Rays’ Morton rises to 3rd in player rankings

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Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Wednesday’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 5.
 
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 9.8
4 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 9.7
5 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 8.7
6 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 8.4
7 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 8.4
8 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf 1b lad nl 8.2
9 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 7.7
10 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 7.7
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Also Wednesday, Rays pitcher Charlie Morton rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Sale pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout, striking out 12 and walking none, in the 8-0 win over the Royals.

Sale earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.0 for the season. He ranks 35th among all players and 15th among American League pitchers.

Sale also now has 136.6 career Box-Toppers points, 31st-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 30th-ranked player Andy Pettitte (138.5). Sale ranks 11th among active players in career points.

Sale had a Box-Toppers game score Wednesday of +18.0, which is the second-highest among Player of the Game winners in the 913 games completed so far in 2019. The highest Box-Toppers game score by a Player of the Game winner in 2019 is +19.0, achieved by Indians pitcher Shane Bieber on May 19 in the 10-0 win over the Orioles (CG 5H 0R 0BB 15K W).

National League Player of the Day—Mets pitcher Jason Vargas pitched a complete-game five-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one, in the 7-0 win over the Giants.

Vargas has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons with his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Wednesday.

Vargas earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2005 with the Marlins. However, he earned no points in 2006, 2007 and 2008. His 11-season streak began in 2009 with the Mariners. He has 67.9 career Box-Toppers points, 18th among active NL pitchers. His best season was 2017 with the Royals when he had 11.0 Box-Toppers points, 12th among AL pitchers. In 2018, he had 8.0 points with the Mets, 35th among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—David Bote of the Cubs hit a three-run homer, doubled and went 4-for-4, scoring once and driving in seven runs, in the 9-8 win over the Rockies.

American League Batter of the Day—Shohei Ohtani of the Angels hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 10-9 win over the Athletics.

Rankings—Rays pitcher Charlie Morton rises from fourth to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Morton (7IP 5H 0R 0BB 8K W in the 4-0 win over the Tigers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 9.8 for the season. He ranks second among AL pitchers, behind overall leader Justin Verlander of the Astros (13.8).

Scoring—Sale earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Vargas earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Bote and Ohtani each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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)

6/5 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +18.0 BOS 8, KC 0 Chris Sale (W, 2‑7) 9.0 3 0 0 0 12
NL +11.0 NYM 7, SF 0 Jason Vargas (W, 2‑3) 9.0 5 0 0 1 8
+10.0 TB 4, DET 0 Charlie Morton (W, 7‑0) 7.0 5 0 0 0 8
BAT +8.0 CHC 9, COL 8 David Bote 2B 4 1 4 7
+5.1 `WSH 6, CHW 4 Anibal Sanchez 5.1 4 1 1 1 7
+5.0 MIA 8, MIL 3 Brian Anderson 3B 4 2 3 4
BAT +4.0 LAA 10, OAK 9 Shohei Ohtani DH 4 2 2 4
+4.0 TOR 11, NYY 7 Randal Grichuk RF 4 3 2 3
+4.0 SEA 14, HOU 1 Mac Williamson PH‑DH 1 1 1 3
+4.0 `ARI 3, LAD 2 (F/11) Jon Duplantier 5.0 3 2 2 1 7
+3.2 `TEX 2, BAL 1 (F/12) Mike Minor 5.2 7 0 0 2 7
+3.0 CLE 9, MIN 7 Jordan Luplow RF 5 2 3 3
+2.2 PHI 7, SD 5 Hector Neris (S, 12) 1.2 0 0 0 1 2
+1.0 PIT 7, ATL 4 Gregory Polanco RF 4 1 3 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 +/‑
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 9.8 24.6 46.0 60.0 -5.0
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 6.0 13.7 22.1 42.8 -1.7
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 5.0 25.1 99.8 136.6 -15.1
Neris, Hector 3553 pi cp phi nl 4.0 6.0 16.0 16.0 +2.0
Sanchez, Anibal 2187 pi sp dc nl 3.0 11.4 21.8 78.7 -5.4
Duplantier, Jon 4096 pi cp ari nl 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 +2.7
Ohtani, Shohei 3933 dh pi sp ana al 2.5 10.5 10.5 10.5 -5.5
Polanco, Gregory 3361 rf ph pit nl 2.0 8.0 26.0 26.0 -4.0
Williamson, Mac 4133 lf dh ph sea al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Vargas, Jason 2055 pi sp nym nl 1.7 9.7 29.7 67.9 -6.3
Bote, David 4032 2b chi nl 1.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 -2.5
Anderson, Brian W. 3954 3b rf fla nl 1.0 7.5 7.5 7.5 -5.5
Grichuk, Randal 3474 rf tor al 1.0 3.7 22.2 22.2 -1.7
Luplow, Jordan 4062 rf cle al 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
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