Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg tops players for Wednesday, July 3, rises to 10th in player rankings

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Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to 10th place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of July 3.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.8
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 14.7
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 13.8
4 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 12.4
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.4
6 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 11.2
7 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 11.1
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 10.7
9 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 10.7
10 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 10.0
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Also Wednesday, Mike Trout of the Angels rises to lead American League batters in 2019 Box-Toppers points after earning AL Batter of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Strasburg struck out 14 over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, in the 3-1 win over the Marlins.

Strasburg earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season, 10th among all players and fifth among National League pitchers.

Strasburg is the 10th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his sixth season with 10 or more points. He did it:

  • In 2012—20.4 points, third among all players.

  • In 2014—16.7, 10th among all players.

  • In 2015—14.0, 10th among NL pitchers.

  • In 2016—15.1, 10th among all players.

  • In 2017—22.5, fourth among all players.

Strasburg had 6.7 points in 2018, 51st among NL pitchers.

Strasburg also now has 122.1 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 42nd place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 2.0 points Wednesday, he passes Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (121.9) on the “all-time” list and now trails 41st-ranked Gary Sheffield (124.1). Passing Wainwright, Strasburg now ranks 13th among active players in career points.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger struck out nine over six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 4-0 win over the Royals.

American League Batter of the Day—Mike Trout of the Angels hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, in the 6-2 win over the Rangers. Trout went 2-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs.

Trout earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 6.7 points for the season, rising to first place among AL batters, passing previous leader Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox (6.5). Trout is 34th among all players in Box-Toppers season player rankings.

National League Batter of the Day—Josh Donaldson of the Braves hit a three-run homer and went 1-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 9-2 win over the Phillies.

Debut—White Sox pitcher Jose Ruiz made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Ruiz (1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K W in the 9-2, 12-inning win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut July 24, 2017, and was playing in his 30th career game.

Scoring—Strasburg earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Clevinger earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Trout and Donaldson each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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)

7/3 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +17.1 WSH 3, MIA 1 Stephen Strasburg (W, 10‑4) 7.1 2 0 0 2 14
+15.0 CIN 3, MIL 0 Sonny Gray (W, 5‑5) 8.0 4 0 0 1 12
AL +11.0 CLE 4, KC 0 Mike Clevinger (W, 2‑2) 6.0 4 0 0 0 9
+8.1 STL 5, SEA 2 John Brebbia (W, 2‑3) 2.1 0 0 0 0 6
+5.0 NYY 5, NYM 1 Domingo German (W, 10‑2) 6.0 5 1 1 0 6
+4.0 CHW 9, DET 6 (F/12) Jose Ruiz (W, 1‑1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
BAT +3.0 LAA 6, TEX 2 Mike Trout CF 5 2 2 4
BAT +3.0 ATL 9, PHI 2 Josh Donaldson 3B 3 2 1 3
+3.0 HOU 4, COL 2 Wade Miley (W, 7‑4) 6.0 5 1 1 2 6
+3.0 SF 7, SD 5 Will Smith (S, 22) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 PIT 6, CHC 5 Melky Cabrera RF 4 1 3 2
+2.0 TOR 6, BOS 3 Brandon Drury RF 4 1 3 2
+2.0 BAL 9, TB 6 Rio Ruiz 3B 4 1 2 3
+2.0 CHW 7, DET 5 Yolmer Sanchez 2B 4 2 2 2
+2.0 MIN 4, OAK 3 (F/12) Blake Parker (W, 1‑2) 2.0 1 0 0 2 3
+2.0 LAD 5, ARI 4 (F/10) Joe Kelly (W, 3‑3) 1.0 0 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 +/‑
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 10.0 16.7 85.0 122.1 +3.3
Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 6.7 14.7 52.7 68.7 -1.3
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 5.7 19.4 33.8 33.8 -8.0
Miley, Wade 3006 pi sp hou al 5.7 9.7 31.1 49.8 +1.7
Gray, Sonny 3259 pi sp cin nl 5.0 13.7 50.9 54.9 -3.7
German, Domingo 3957 pi sp nyy al 5.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 -3.0
Smith, Will 3073 pi cp sf nl 4.0 9.7 11.7 17.7 -1.7
Parker, Blake 3823 pi cp min al 4.0 6.0 9.0 9.0 +2.0
Donaldson, Josh 3144 3b atl nl 3.0 3.0 41.1 50.6 +3.0
Cabrera, Melky 2143 rf pit nl 3.0 3.0 17.7 39.2 +3.0
Brebbia, John 4080 pi mr stl nl 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Sanchez, Yolmer 3589 2b chi al 2.0 2.0 6.0 6.0 +2.0
Drury, Brandon 3744 rf 3b 2b tor al 1.0 2.0 8.0 8.0 0.0
Ruiz, Rio 3906 3b bal al 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Kelly, Joe 3066 pi cp sp lad nl 1.0 1.0 6.0 11.0 +1.0
Ruiz, Jose 4185 pi cp chi al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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