Rockies’ Peter Lambert tops players for Thursday, June 6; Twins’ Kepler tops AL players

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Rockies pitcher Peter Lambert is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day in his Major League debut.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of June 6.
 
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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Lambert struck out nine over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Cubs.

Lambert earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first of the season and his first of his career as he was making both his Major League debut and his Box-Toppers debut, with his first career Player of the Game honor. Lambert ranks 233rd in season player rankings, 70th among National League pitchers.

Lambert had a Box-Toppers game score Thursday of +9.0, the same as Brewers pitcher Freddy Peralta, who was Player of the Game in the 5-1 win over the Marlins (6IP 4H R 0BB 9K W). However, Lambert held the tiebreaker to beat Peralta and earn Player of the Day honors because he had more innings pitched (seven vs. six).

American League Player of the Day—Max Kepler of the Twins hit three home runs and went 4-for-4, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 5-4 win over the Twins.

Kepler earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 5.7 for the season, 30th among all players and second among AL batters, behind Joey Gallo of the Rangers (6.0).

National League Batter of the Day—Josh Bell of the Pirates hit three doubles and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 6-1 win over the Braves.

Bell earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 7.7 for the season, most among the 13 who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday. Bell rises to 12th in Box-Toppers season player rankings, second among NL batters, behind Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (8.2).

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Thursday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Max Kepler.

Debut—In addition to Lambert, Rangers pitcher Chris Martin also made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Martin (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K ND in the 4-3 win over the Orioles) made his Major League debut April 26, 2014, and was playing in his 110th career game.

Scoring—Lambert earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Kepler earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Bell earns 1.5 points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

6/6 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 COL 3, CHC 1 Peter Lambert (W, 1‑0) 7.0 4 1 1 1 9
+9.0 MIL 5, MIA 1 Freddy Peralta (W, 3‑2) 6.0 4 1 1 0 9
AL +7.0 MIN 5, CLE 4 Max Kepler CF‑RF 4 3 4 4
+5.0 TB 6, DET 1 Travis d'Arnaud C 3 2 2 4
+5.0 NYY 6, TOR 2 J.A. Happ (W, 6‑3) 7.0 4 1 1 0 4
+4.0 `TEX 4, BAL 3 Chris Martin (H, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.0 `SD 5, WSH 4 Matt Wisler (H, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
BAT +3.0 PIT 6, ATL 1 Josh Bell 1B 4 2 3 2
+3.0 HOU 8, SEA 7 (F/14) Robinson Chirinos C 3 3 1 2
+3.0 `NYM 7, SF 3 Zach Wheeler 7.0 3 3 3 1 6
+2.1 STL 3, CIN 1 John Gant (W, 5‑0) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1
+2.0 OAK 7, LAA 4 Stephen Piscotty RF 4 2 2 2
+1.0 BOS 7, KC 5 Mookie Betts RF 3 1 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 +/‑
Bell, Josh E. 3682 1b pit nl 7.7 10.2 15.7 15.7 +5.2
Kepler, Max 3664 cf rf min al 5.7 9.2 17.2 17.2 +2.2
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 5.0 20.7 58.9 77.6 -10.7
Wheeler, Zack 3204 pi sp nym nl 4.0 14.7 23.4 27.4 -6.7
Peralta, Freddy 3965 pi sp mr mil nl 4.0 12.7 12.7 12.7 -4.7
Piscotty, Stephen 3570 rf oak al 3.5 9.5 19.2 19.2 -2.5
Gant, John 3660 pi mr stl nl 3.0 10.0 11.0 11.0 -4.0
Chirinos, Robinson 2924 ca hou al 3.0 9.0 17.0 18.0 -3.0
Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 2.0 12.9 30.1 30.1 -8.9
Lambert, Peter 4155 pi sp col nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Wisler, Matt 352 pi mr sp sd nl 1.0 2.0 9.0 9.0 0.0
d’Arnaud, Travis 3384 ca tb al 1.0 1.0 12.2 12.2 +1.0
Martin, Chris 4156 pi mr tex al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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