Red Sox’ Mookie Betts tops players for Friday, July 26; Brewers’ Gonzalez tops NL players

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Mookie Betts of the Red Sox 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 26.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 16.8
2 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 16.1
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 15.8
4 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 15.7
5 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
6 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 14.1
7 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 13.7
8 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 13.2
9 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 12.7
10 Corbin, Patrick 3027 sp pi dc nl 12.4
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Betts hit three home runs and doubled in the 10-5 win over the Yankees. Betts went 4-for-5, scoring four times and driving in five runs.

Betts earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season, 37th among all players and second among American League batters, behind Albert Pujols of the Angels (8.0).

National League Player of the Day—Brewers pitcher Gio Gonzalez struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, three hits and one walk, in the 3-2 win over the Cubs. Gonzalez did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Brewers trailed, 2-0, when he exited.

Gonzalez earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 107.6 career points, 66th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Friday, he passes three players on the “all-time” list—Frank Thomas (106.2), Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano (106.2) and James Shields (106.4). He now trails 65th-ranked player Lance Berkman (108.1). Passing Liriano, Gonzalez now ranks 18th in career points among active players

Gonzalez has 3.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 56th among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Daniel Murphy of the Rockies hit a three-run homer and doubled in the 12-2 win over the Reds. Murphy went 2-for-5, scoring twice and driving in six runs.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Friday because the overall Player of the Day is AL batter Mookie Betts.

Notable—Rangers pitcher Lance Lynn becomes the 16th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Lynn (6IP 4H 2R ER 2BB 8K W in the 5-2 win over the Athletics) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.0 for the season, most among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Friday. Lynn ranks 16th among all players and eighth among AL pitchers.

This is Lynn’s fifth season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. He had four straight seasons with 10 or more points from 2012 to 2015 with the Cardinals. His best season was 2012 when he had 17.7 Box-Toppers points, eighth among all players.

Also notable—Nelson Cruz of the Twins earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Friday.

Cruz (HR 3-4 R 2BI in the 6-2 win over the White Sox) was also Player of the Game Thursday in the 10-3 win over the White Sox (3HR 3-5 3R 5BI). Cruz has 6.5 Box-Toppers points for the season (2.0 in the past two days), 10th among AL batters.

Debut—Yadiel Rivera of the Marlins made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Rivera (pinch runner, 0-0 R 0BI in the 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks) made his Major League debut Sept. 22, 2015, and was playing in his 182nd career game.

Scoring—Betts earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Gonzalez earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Murphy earns 1.5 points for being NL 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)

7/26 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +8.0 BOS 10, NYY 5 Mookie Betts RF 5 4 4 5
NL +7.1 `MIL 3, CHC 2 Gio Gonzalez 6.1 3 2 2 1 9
+7.0 `STL 5, HOU 3 Jack Flaherty 6.0 3 2 2 1 9
BAT +5.0 COL 12, CIN 2 Daniel Murphy 1B 5 2 2 6
+5.0 BAL 9, LAA 3 Asher Wojciechowski (W, 2‑3) 7.0 3 2 2 1 6
+5.0 TEX 5, OAK 2 Lance Lynn (W, 13‑6) 6.0 4 2 1 2 8
+3.0 ATL 9, PHI 2 Ronald Acuna LF 4 2 2 3
+3.0 SF 2, SD 1 (F/11) Mark Melancon (W, 4‑2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 `SEA 3, DET 2 Anthony Bass 1.0 1 0 0 0 3
+2.1 TB 3, TOR 1 Ryan Yarbrough (W, 9‑3) 5.1 4 1 1 1 4
+2.0 MIN 6, CHW 2 Nelson Cruz DH 4 1 3 2
+2.0 CLE 8, KC 3 Tyler Naquin RF 4 2 3 1
+2.0 NYM 6, PIT 3 Seth Lugo (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
+1.0 LAD 4, WSH 2 Justin Turner 3B 4 1 1 3
+1.0 MIA 3, ARI 2 Yadiel Rivera PR 0 1 0 0
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 +/‑
Lynn, Lance 2992 pi sp tex al 10.0 13.0 43.8 77.6 +7.0
Yarbrough, Ryan 3962 pi mr sp tb al 7.4 14.4 14.4 14.4 +0.4
Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 7.0 17.9 35.1 35.1 -3.9
Cruz, Nelson Ramon 2224 dh min al 6.5 9.0 31.5 68.2 +4.0
Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 4.7 17.8 17.8 17.8 -8.4
Turner, Justin 2865 3b lad nl 4.5 6.5 16.5 21.0 +2.5
Acuna, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf cf atl nl 3.7 12.9 12.9 12.9 -5.5
Gonzalez, Gio 2626 pi sp mil nl 3.7 11.4 47.8 107.6 -4.0
Wojciechowski, Asher 3804 pi sp mr bal al 3.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 +3.0
Murphy, Daniel 2589 1b 2b ph col nl 2.5 5.0 28.5 45.0 0.0
Bass, Anthony 2974 pi cp mr sea al 2.0 3.0 4.0 6.0 +1.0
Melancon, Mark 2792 pi mr cp sf nl 2.0 2.0 20.0 27.0 +2.0
Naquin, Tyler 3662 rf cle al 2.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 +2.0
Lugo, Seth 3729 pi cp mr sp nym nl 1.0 5.0 10.0 10.0 -3.0
Rivera, Yadiel 4200 pr fla nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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