Mariners’ Leake tops players for Friday, July 19; Astros’ Verlander extends player rankings lead

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Mariners pitcher Mike Leake is Friday’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 19.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.8
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 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.1
6 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 13.2
7 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 12.7
8 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 12.7
9 Paddack, Chris 4093 sp pi sd nl 12.4
10 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 12.1
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Also Friday, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander extended his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises to seventh place in season player rankings.

Player of the Day—Leake pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout, striking out six and allowing one walk, in the 10-0 win over the Angels. Leake carried a perfect game into the ninth inning before giving up a hit and a walk.

Leake earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 205th among all players and 57th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Giants pitcher Tyler Beede struck out five over eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 1-0, 10-inning win over the Mets. Beede did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was a in a scoreless tie when he exited.

American League Batter of the Day—Oscar Mercado of the Indians doubled and went 5-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 10-5 win over the Royals.

National League Batter of the Day—Paul DeJong of the Cardinals homered, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 12-11 win over the Reds.

Verlander—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander extended his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Verlander (6IP 8H 2R BB 12K W in the 4-3 win over the Rangers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 15.8 for the season. While he had been tied with Rays pitcher Charlie Morton (14.8), Verlander ranked ahead because he held the tiebreaking advantage (he had more 2018 Box-Toppers points–24.1 vs. 14.8). Now Verlander holds the 1.0 point advantage over Morton, who ranks second overall and among AL pitchers.

Verlander has led all players in season Box-Toppers player rankings since May 10, but had not earned any points since June 23.

Verlander is the first player this season to reach 15 Box-Toppers points. It is his fifth season with 15 or more points:

  • In 2009, he had 15.1 points with the Tigers, sixth among AL pitchers.

  • In 2011, he had 24.4 points with the Tigers, third among all players.

  • In 2012, he had 24.8 points with the Tigers, first among all players.

  • And in 2018, he had 24.1 points with the Astros, third among all players.

Verlander also now has 193.9 career Box-Toppers points, ninth-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails eighth-ranked player Curt Schilling (194.1) by just 0.2 points. (It should be noted that Schilling would have an estimated 232 career points if his career from 1988 were tracked.) Verlander ranks sixth among active players in career points.

Ryu—Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises from 10th to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Ryu (7IP 4H R 3BB 7K W in the 2-1 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.7 for the season, fourth among NL pitchers.

Debut–Yankees pitcher Stephen Tarpley made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Tarpley (3IP H 0R 0BB 6K Sv in the 8-2 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut Sept. 2, 2018, and was playing in his 22nd career game.

Scoring—Leake earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Beede earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Mercado and DeJong each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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)

7/19 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 SEA 10, LAA 0 Mike Leake (W, 8‑8) 9.0 1 0 0 1 6
NL +9.0 `SF 1, NYM 0 (F/10) Tyler Beede 8.0 3 0 0 1 5
+8.0 NYY 8, COL 2 Stephen Tarpley (S, 2) 3.0 1 0 0 0 6
+6.0 TOR 12, DET 1 Marcus Stroman (W, 6‑10) 7.0 6 0 0 0 5
+5.0 LAD 2, MIA 1 Hyun‑Jin Ryu (W, 11‑2) 7.0 4 1 1 3 7
+5.0 HOU 4, TEX 3 Justin Verlander (W, 12‑4) 6.0 8 2 2 1 12
+4.2 OAK 5, MIN 3 Liam Hendriks (S, 7) 1.2 0 0 0 0 3
+4.2 `ATL 4, WSH 3 Juio Teheran 5.2 4 1 1 0 5
BAT +4.0 CLE 10, KC 5 Oscar Mercado CF 5 2 5 2
+4.0 CHW 9, TB 2 Leury Garcia RF 5 3 4 2
BAT +4.0 STL 12, CIN 11 Paul DeJong SS 4 2 2 4
+4.0 BAL 11, BOS 2 Anthony Santander RF 4 3 2 3
+4.0 CHC 6, SD 5 Anthony Rizzo 1B 3 1 2 4
+4.0 `ARI 10, MIL 7 Yoshihisa Hirano 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+2.0 PHI 6, PIT 1 Cole Irvin (S, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 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 +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.8 39.9 79.7 193.9 -8.3
Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 12.7 22.8 39.2 48.9 +2.6
Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 5.0 17.7 55.5 69.2 -7.7
Stroman, Marcus 3327 pi sp tor al 5.0 8.0 35.8 35.8 +2.0
DeJong, Paul 3827 ss stl nl 3.5 9.5 14.0 14.0 -2.5
Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 3.0 13.0 46.5 55.5 -7.0
Leake, Mike 2709 pi sp sea al 3.0 9.0 38.7 59.3 -3.0
Hendriks, Liam 3339 pi cp oak al 3.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 +3.0
Beede, Tyler 4166 pi sp sf nl 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 +2.7
Mercado, Oscar 4188 cf cle al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Garcia, Leury 4019 cf rf chi al 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Irvin, Cole 4140 pi sp cp phi nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Hirano, Yoshihisa 3934 pi mr ari nl 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
Santander, Anthony 3935 rf bal al 1.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 -0.5
Tarpley, Stephen 4193 pi cp nyy al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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