Giants’ Crawford tops players for Monday, July 15; Angels’ Pujols reclaims 6th place on career points list

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Brandon Crawford of the Giants 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 July 15.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.8
2 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 14.8
3 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 14.7
4 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 13.2
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 13.1
7 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 12.1
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 11.7
9 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp dc nl 11.4
10 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 sp pi dc nl 11.0
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Also Monday, Albert Pujols of the Angels reclaimed the sixth-place spot on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” career points list, passing Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Crawford hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, and went 5-for-6, scoring three times and driving in eight runs, in the 19-2 win over the Rockies.

Crawford had a Box-Toppers game score Monday of +10.0, highest for a batter earning Player of the Game honors this season. He just edges the previous high score of +10.0, set by Trevor Story of the Rockies on May 31, in the 13-6 win over the Blue Jays (2HR 2B 3-4 4R 7BI). Though both Crawford and Story have game scores of +10.0, Crawford ranks ahead because he has more at bats (six vs. four).

And though Crawford has the highest Box-Toppers game score for a batter earning Player of the Game honors this season, it ranks as the 106th-highest game score for any Player of the Game winner this season—pitchers occupy the top 105 spots, led by Shane Bieber of the Indians, whose +19.0 game score on May 19 leads all 2019 Player of the Game winners. There have been 1,402 games completed so far in 2019.

Crawford earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 191st among all players and 41st among National League batters.

American League Player of the Day—Travis d'Arnaud of the Rays hit three home runs, including a ninth-inning, three-run go-ahead homer, in the 5-4 win over the Yankees. d’Arnaud went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in five runs.

AL & NL Batter of the Day—There are no separate AL and NL Batter of the Day winners for Monday because the overall Player of the Day is NL batter Brandon Crawford an the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Travis d’Arnaud.

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 221.5
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 203.4
5 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 202.4
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 196.8
7 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 196.2
8 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
9 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 192.9
10 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 171.6
13 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 171.2
14 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
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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Notable—Albert Pujols of the Angels regains the sixth-place spot among all players in career Box-Toppers points since 1995 after earning Player of the Game honors.

Pujols (2B 3-4 2R 3BI in the 9-6 win over the Astros) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 196.8 career points. He passes Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (196.2), who only passed Pujols in career points on July 6. Pujols now trails fifth-ranked player, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke (202.4). Passing Scherzer, Pujols now ranks fourth among active players in career points. He leads all batters in points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began, ahead of second-place Alex Rodriguez (187.0).

Pujols now has 6.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, sixth among AL batters.

Also notable—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw extends his lead among active players in career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Kershaw (6IP 4H R 2BB 7K W in the 16-2 win over the Phillies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 221.5 career points, third-most among all players since 1995, behind Randy Johnson (278.8) and Pedro Martinez (244.8). (Both Johnson and Martinez would have more Box-Toppers points if their careers prior to 1995 were tracked. Based on projections, Johnson would have 380 points and Martinez would have 270.)

Kershaw leads active players in career points, ahead of second-place player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (203.4).

Kershaw now has 6.7 Box-Toppers points for 2019, most among the 11 who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. He ranks 38th among all players and 20th among NL pitchers.

Debut—Oscar Mercado of the Indians made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Mercado (2HR 3-5 3R 2BI in the 8-6 win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut May 14 and was playing in his 46th career game.

Scoring—Crawford earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and d’Arnaud earns 1.7 points for being AL Player 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)

7/15 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 SF 19, COL 2 Brandon Crawford SS 6 3 5 8
AL +8.0 TB 5, NYY 4 Travis d'Arnaud C 3 3 3 5
+8.0 KC 5, CHW 2 Jake Junis (W, 5‑8) 7.0 5 1 1 2 10
+5.0 STL 7, PIT 0 Tyler O'Neill LF 4 2 3 4
+5.0 LAD 16, PHI 2 Clayton Kershaw (W, 8‑2) 6.0 4 1 1 2 7
+5.0 SF 2, COL 1 Dereck Rodriguez (W, 4‑5) 5.0 4 1 1 0 6
+5.0 ATL 4, MIL 2 Max Fried (W, 10‑4) 5.0 3 0 0 2 5
+4.0 LAA 9, HOU 6 Albert Pujols 1B 4 2 3 3
+3.2 CIN 6, CHC 3 Raisel Iglesias (S, 17) 1.2 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 BOS 10, TOR 8 Michael Chavis 1B 3 1 1 4
+2.0 CLE 8, DET 6 Oscar Mercado CF 5 2 3 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 +/‑
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 6.7 14.7 119.4 221.5 -1.3
Pujols, Albert 1438 1b ana al 6.0 9.0 37.0 196.8 +3.0
Fried, Max 4011 pi sp atl nl 6.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 +5.0
d’Arnaud, Travis 3384 ca tb al 5.2 5.2 16.4 16.4 +5.2
Iglesias, Raisel 3467 pi cp cin nl 5.0 8.0 19.7 19.7 +2.0
Crawford, Brandon 2878 ss sf nl 3.0 10.5 20.7 28.7 -4.5
Chavis, Michael 4127 1b bos al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Rodriguez, Dereck 3986 pi sp sf nl 1.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 -6.0
Junis, Jakob (Jake) 3857 pi sp kc al 1.0 7.0 10.0 10.0 -5.0
O’Neill, Tyler 4074 lf stl nl 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Mercado, Oscar 4188 cf cle al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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