Mets’ Steven Matz tops players for Saturday, July 27; Astros’ Cole regains player rankings lead

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Mets pitcher Steven Matz is Saturday’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 27.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 17.1
2 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 16.8
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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Also Saturday, Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole regains the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings, passing teammate Justin Verlander, after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Matz pitched a complete-game, five-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking none, in the 3-0 win over the Pirates.

Matz earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season, 40th among all players and 18th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Mariners pitcher Marco Gonzales struck out eight over seven innings, allowing one run, six hits and no walks, in the 8-1 win over the Tigers.

National League Batter of the Day—Will Smith of the Dodgers homered, doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring once and driving in six runs, in the 9-3 win over the Nationals.

American League Batter of the Day—Pedro Severino of the Orioles homered and went 4-for-5, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 8-7 win over the Angels.

This was Severino’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Severino made his Major League debut Sept. 20, 2015, and was playing in his 166th career game.

Rankings—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to lead Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Cole (7IP 4H R 3BB 7K W in the 8-2 win over the Cardinals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 17.1 for the season, rising from second to first place. He passes teammate Justin Verlander (16.8), who led from May 10 until Cole passed him Monday, July 22, holding the lead for two days before Verlander regained the lead Wednesday, July 24. Verlander then held the lead for three days before Cole regained it Saturday.

Cole also leads AL pitchers ahead of Verlander.

Scoring—Matz earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Gonzales earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Smith and Severino 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)

7/27 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 NYM 3, PIT 0 Steven Matz (W, 6‑6) 9.0 5 0 0 0 7
BAT +7.0 LAD 9, WSH 3 Will Smith C 3 1 3 6
AL +7.0 SEA 8, DET 1 Marco Gonzales (W, 12‑8) 7.0 6 1 1 0 8
+6.0 CHW 5, MIN 1 Ivan Nova (W, 6‑9) 6.0 2 1 0 1 4
+5.0 HOU 8, STL 2 Gerrit Cole (W, 12‑5) 7.0 4 1 1 3 7
BAT +4.0 BAL 8, LAA 7 Pedro Severino C 5 1 4 4
+4.0 ARI 9, MIA 2 Nick Ahmed SS 4 1 2 5
+4.0 CLE 9, KC 1 Mike Clevinger (W, 5‑2) 7.0 8 1 1 0 7
+3.0 TOR 10, TB 9 (F/12) Brandon Drury 1B 6 2 4 3
+3.0 BOS 9, NYY 5 Andrew Benintendi LF 4 3 3 1
+3.0 ATL 15, PHI 7 Ender Inciarte CF 4 2 2 3
+3.0 CIN 3, COL 1 Raisel Iglesias (S, 18) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 SD 5, SF 1 Fernando Tatis SS 4 1 3 2
+2.0 MIL 5, CHC 3 (F/10) Keston Hiura 2B 4 1 2 3
+2.0 OAK 5, TEX 4 Liam Hendriks (S, 9) 1.0 1 0 0 0 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 +/‑
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 17.1 35.1 73.3 78.0 -0.9
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 8.4 22.1 36.5 36.5 -5.3
Matz, Steven 3516 pi sp nym nl 7.0 12.7 29.3 29.3 +1.3
Gonzales, Marco 3408 pi sp sea al 6.4 16.8 20.8 20.8 -4.0
Iglesias, Raisel 3467 pi cp cin nl 6.0 9.0 20.7 20.7 +3.0
Hendriks, Liam 3339 pi cp oak al 4.0 4.0 7.0 7.0 +4.0
Nova, Ivan 2796 pi sp chi al 3.0 7.7 23.7 45.8 -1.7
Benintendi, Andrew 3815 lf bos al 3.0 7.5 14.7 14.7 -1.5
Smith, Will 4175 ca ph lad nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Tatis, Fernando Jr. 4101 ss sd nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Hiura, Keston 4189 2b mil nl 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 +2.7
Drury, Brandon 3744 rf 1b 3b 2b tor al 2.0 3.0 9.0 9.0 +1.0
Severino, Pedro 4201 ca bal al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Ahmed, Nick 3520 ss ari nl 1.0 6.5 10.0 10.0 -4.5
Inciarte, Ender 3360 cf atl nl 1.0 3.0 15.5 15.5 -1.0
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