Royals’ Sparkman tops players for Tuesday, July 16; Pujols rises to 2nd in AL batter player rankings

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Royals pitcher Glenn Sparkman is Tuesday’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 16.
 
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, Albert Pujols of the Angels earns Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Tuesday—and the third time in four days, rising to second place among American League batters in season player rankings.

Player of the Game—Sparkman pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one, in the 11-0 win over the White Sox.

Sparkman earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, 152nd among all players and 50th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Keston Hiura of the Brewers homered and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 13-1 win over the Braves.

Hiura had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of +5.0, the same as Bryce Harper of the Phillies, who was Player of the Game in the 9-8 win over the Dodgers (HR 2B 2-3 R 5BI). But Hiura edged Harper out on a tiebreaker to earn NL Player of the Day honors because he had more hits (three vs. two). As a result, Hiura earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, while Harper earns 1.0 point for being Player of the Game.

This was Hiura’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Hiura made his Major League debut May 14 and was playing in his 32nd career game.

American League Batter of the Day—Matt Chapman of the Athletics homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in five runs, in the 9-2 win over the Mariners.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Tuesday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Keston Hiura.

Notable—Albert Pujols of the Angels earns Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Tuesday—and the third time in four days, rising to second place among AL batters in season player rankings.

Pujols (2B 1-4 R 3BI in the 7-2 win over the Astros) was also Player of the Game Monday in the 9-6 win over the Astros (2B 3-4 2R 3BI) and Saturday in the 11-2 win over the Red Sox (HR 2-4 R 4BI), earning 3.0 total Box-Toppers points over the past four days.

Pujols now has 7.0 Box-Toppers points for the season—most among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday—and rises to second place among AL batters in 2019 points, trailing Brett Gardner of the Yankees (7.0) on a tiebreaker—Gardner has more 2018 points than Pujols, 5.5 vs. 3.0. Pujols passes teammate Mike Trout (6.7), who falls to third among AL batters.

Pujols now has 197.8 career Box-Toppers points, sixth-most among all players since 1995, pulling 1.6 points ahead of Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (196.2), who had passed Pujols on the career points list on July 6 before Pujols passed Scherzer Monday. Pujols trails fifth-ranked player, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke (202.4). Pujols ranks fourth among active players in career points. He leads all batters in career points since 1995, ahead of second-place Alex Rodriguez (187.0).

Debut—In addition to Hiura, two other players made their Box-Toppers debut Tuesday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Indians pitcher Nick Goody (2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 8-0 win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut July 30, 2015, and was playing in his 116th career game.

  • Robel Garcia of the Cubs (HR 2-4 R 2BI in the 4-3, 10-inning win over the Reds) made his Major League debut July 3 and was playing in his ninth career game.

Scoring—Sparkman earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hiura earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Chapman earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

7/16 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 KC 11, CHW 0 Glenn Sparkman (W, 3‑5) 9.0 5 0 0 1 8
BAT +5.0 OAK 9, SEA 2 Matt Chapman 3B 4 1 3 5
NL +5.0 MIL 13, ATL 1 Keston Hiura 2B 3 3 3 2
+5.0 PHI 9, LAD 8 Bryce Harper RF 3 1 2 5
+5.0 MIA 12, SD 7 Garrett Cooper 1B 3 3 2 3
+5.0 CLE 8, DET 0 Nick Goody (W, 1‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.1 ARI 9, TEX 2 Alex Young (W, 3‑0) 5.1 3 1 1 1 4
+3.0 SF 8, COL 4 (F/10) Alex Dickerson LF 5 2 4 2
+3.0 TOR 10, BOS 4 Justin Smoak 1B 3 2 2 2
+3.0 NYY 8, TB 3 Didi Gregorius SS 3 1 1 4
+3.0 WSH 8, BAL 1 Austin Voth (W, 1‑0) 6.0 4 1 1 1 4
+3.0 PIT 3, STL 1 Felipe Vazquez (S, 21) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 NYM 3, MIN 2 Michael Conforto CF‑RF 4 1 4 1
+1.0 CHC 4, CIN 3 (F/10) Robel Garcia 2B 4 1 2 2
+1.0 LAA 7, HOU 2 Albert Pujols 1B 4 1 1 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 +/‑
Pujols, Albert 1438 1b ana al 7.0 10.0 38.0 197.8 +4.0
Vazquez, Felipe 3579 pi cp pit nl 5.7 11.7 16.7 16.7 -0.3
Chapman, Matt 3849 3b oak al 5.5 10.0 12.5 12.5 +1.0
Conforto, Michael 3622 rf nym nl 5.0 11.5 22.5 22.5 -1.5
Sparkman, Glenn 4125 pi sp kc al 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Harper, Bryce 3011 rf phi nl 3.5 11.0 30.0 45.4 -4.0
Dickerson, Alex 4172 lf sf nl 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 +3.5
Young, Alex 4180 pi sp ari nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Smoak, Justin 2731 1b tor al 2.0 8.0 24.0 37.4 -4.0
Cooper, Garrett 4184 1b fla nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Hiura, Keston 4189 2b mil nl 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 +1.7
Gregorius, Didi 3184 ss nyy al 1.0 4.0 11.5 12.5 -2.0
Voth, Austin 4082 pi sp dc nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Garcia, Robel 4191 2b chi nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Goody, Nick 4190 pi mr cle al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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