White Sox’ Giolito tops players for Saturday, June 8; Hader, Giolito, Greinke rise in player rankings top 10

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White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fifth place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of June 8.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 13.8
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 11.0
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 9.8
4 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 9.7
5 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 9.7
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.4
7 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 8.7
8 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 8.4
9 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 8.4
10 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 8.2
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Also Saturday, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader, second place in season player rankings, increases his lead among National League pitchers after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke rises to 10th place in player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Giolito struck out 11 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, in the 2-0 win over the Royals.

Giolito earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 9.7 for the season, rising to fifth in season player rankings, third among American League pitchers, behind Justin Verlander of the Astros (13.8) and Charlie Morton of the Rays (9.8).

National League Player of the Day—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits and one walk, in the 4-1 win over the Padres.

Scherzer earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points, giving him 186.5 career points, 10th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails ninth-ranked player Alex Rodriguez (187.0) by just 0.5 points. Scherzer ranks sixth among active players in career points.

Scherzer also now has 4.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 21st among NL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—Jacoby Jones of the Tigers hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, in the 9-3 win over the Twins. Jones went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in five runs.

National League Batter of the Day–Justin Turner of the Dodgers hit two doubles and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 7-2 win over the Giants.

Hader—Brewers pitcher Josh Hader increases his Box-Toppers season player rankings lead among NL pitchers, maintaining his overall second-place spot, after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Hader (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K Sv in the 5-3 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.0 for the season. He trails overall leader, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (13.8), but increases his lead over second-place NL pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers (9.7).

Hader is already close to matching the 11.7 Box-Toppers points he earned in 2018, which was most among all closers.

Greinke—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke rises to 10th place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Greinke (6IP 4H 0R 2BB 7K W in the 6-0 win over the Blue Jays) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.2 for the season. He ranks fifth among NL pitchers.

Greinke also now has 197.4 career Box-Toppers points, fifth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails fourth-ranked player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (201.4). Greinke ranks third among active players in career points behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (219.5) and Sabathia (201.4).

Bellinger—Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers falls out of Box-Toppers top 10 season player rankings Saturday after having been on the list all season.

Bellinger has 8.2 Box-Toppers points and was bumped to 11th place Saturday after being passed by Giolito and Greinke. Bellinger was often the only batter among the top 10 players and led overall player rankings for two separate stretches—from March 31 to April 2 and from April 7 to 14.

Bellinger still leads NL batters in points. Interestingly, Bellinger earned no Box-Toppers points in 2018 despite playing in all 162 games. His 8.2-point increase from 2018 currently leads all players.

Price—Red Sox pitcher David Price now has 130.0 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Price (6IP 5H R 0BB 6K W in the 5-1 win over the Rays) rises to 33rd place among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 1.0 point earned Saturday, he passes Trevor Hoffman (129.4) on the “all-time” list and now trails 32nd-ranked Jason Giambi (133.4). Price ranks 12th among active players in career points.

Price now has 4.7 Box-Toppers points on the season, 23rd among AL pitchers.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Saturday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Cesar Puello of the Angels (HR 3-4 R 4BI in the 12-3 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut Aug. 9, 2017, and was playing in his 24th career game. 

  • Tim Federowicz of the Rangers (HR 2-3 R 3BI in the 10-5 win over the Athletics) made his Major League debut Sept. 11, 2011, and was playing in his 135th career game.

Scoring—Giolito earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Scherzer earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Jones and Turner 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)

6/8 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.2 CHW 2, KC 0 Lucas Giolito (W, 9‑1) 7.2 3 0 0 2 11
+9.0 TEX 3, OAK 1 Adrian Sampson (W, 5‑3) 9.0 4 1 1 1 7
NL +9.0 WSH 4, SD 1 Max Scherzer (W, 4‑5) 7.0 6 0 0 1 9
+8.0 ATL 1, MIA 0 Julio Teheran (W, 4‑4) 6.0 2 0 0 1 5
+7.2 TB 9, BOS 2 Ryan Yarbrough (W, 5‑2) 7.2 4 2 1 0 7
+7.0 PHI 4, CIN 1 Nick Pivetta (W, 4‑1) 9.0 6 1 1 0 6
+7.0 BOS 5, TB 1 David Price (W, 4‑2) 6.0 5 1 1 2 10
+7.0 ARI 6, TOR 0 Zack Greinke (W, 7‑2) 6.0 4 0 0 2 7
BAT +6.0 DET 9, MIN 3 Jacoby Jones CF 4 2 3 5
+4.0 LAA 12, SEA 3 Cesar Puello LF 4 1 3 4
BAT +4.0 LAD 7, SF 2 Justin Turner 3B 3 2 3 2
+4.0 CHC 9, STL 4 Victor Caratini PH 1 1 1 3
+4.0 MIL 5, PIT 3 Josh Hader (S, 15) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.0 TEX 10, OAK 5 Tim Federowicz C 3 1 2 3
+3.0 NYM 5, COL 3 Steven Matz (W, 5‑4) 6.0 6 3 2 2 10
+3.0 CLE 8, NYY 4 Adam Plutko (W, 2‑1) 6.0 3 2 2 0 4
+2.2 BAL 4, HOU 1 Paul Fry (W, 1‑3) 1.2 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 +/‑
Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 11.0 22.7 25.7 25.7 -0.7
Giolito, Lucas 3900 pi sp chi al 9.7 13.7 16.7 16.7 +5.7
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 8.2 21.2 88.2 197.4 -4.8
Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp nym nl 5.0 10.7 27.3 27.3 -0.7
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 4.7 29.8 123.6 186.5 -20.4
Price, David 2593 pi sp bos al 4.7 19.1 76.4 130.0 -9.7
Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 3.0 15.7 53.5 67.2 -9.7
Yarbrough, Ryan 3962 pi sp mr tb al 3.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 -4.0
Sampson, Adrian 4147 pi sp mr tex al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Turner, Justin 2865 3b lad nl 2.5 4.5 14.5 19.0 +0.5
Jones, Jacoby 3942 cf det al 2.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 +0.5
Plutko, Adam 3975 pi sp cle al 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 1.0 12.7 20.7 20.7 -10.7
Fry, Paul 4068 pi cp bal al 1.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 -2.0
Caratini, Victor 4026 ca ph chi nl 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Federowicz, Tim 4159 ca tex al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Puello, Cesar 4158 lf ana al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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