Reds’ Luis Castillo tops players for Thursday, July 4; Ryu, Castillo rise in player rankings top 10

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Reds pitcher Luis Castillo is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises 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 4.
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 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 11.7
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.4
7 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 11.2
8 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 11.1
9 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 10.7
10 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 10.4
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Also Thursday, Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Castillo struck out nine over 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 1-0 win over the Brewers.

Castillo earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.4 for the season, rising to 10th among all players and fifth among National League pitchers.

Castillo becomes the 11th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his first season with 10 or more points. In 2017, he had 8.4 points with the Reds, 27th among NL pitchers. In 2018, he had 8.0 points with the Reds, 36th among NL pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Marcus Semien of the Athletics hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in the 7-2 win over the Twins. Semien went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in five runs.

Semien just edged Rougned Odor of the Rangers for AL Player of the Day honors on a low-level tiebreaker. Both Semien and Odor, Player of the Game in the 9-3 win over the Angels (2HR 2-4 2R 5BI) had a +5.0 Box-Toppers game score and both had similar line scores—same number of home runs, at bats, hits, runs batted in and runs scored. Semien edged Odor because he had more walks Thursday—one vs. zero. That was the difference between Semien earning 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day and Odor earning just 1.0 point as Player of the Game.

National League Batter of the Day—Dansby Swanson of the Braves hit two homers, including a three-run shot, and doubled, in the 12-6 win over the Phillies. Swanson went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in five runs.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Thursday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Marcus Semien.

Rankings—Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises from eighth to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Ryu (6IP 3H 0R 3BB 5K W in the 5-1 win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.7 for the season, third among NL pitchers, behind Josh Hader of the Brewers (14.7) and Max Scherzer of the Nationals (12.4).

Scoring—Castillo earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Semien earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Swanson earns 1.5 points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

Note—Friday’s usual Box-Toppers team power rankings and player rankings report posts will be delayed until the All-Star break on Monday.

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)

7/4 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +14.2 CIN 1, MIL 0 Luis Castillo (W, 8‑3) 7.2 1 0 0 1 9
BAT +5.0 ATL 12, PHI 6 Dansby Swanson SS 5 2 3 5
AL +5.0 OAK 7, MIN 2 Marcus Semien SS 4 2 2 5
+5.0 TEX 9, LAA 3 Rougned Odor 2B 4 2 2 5
+5.0 LAD 5, SD 1 Hyun‑Jin Ryu (W, 10‑2) 6.0 3 0 0 3 5
+4.2 STL 5, SEA 4 Daniel Ponce de Leon (W, 1‑0) 2.2 0 0 0 1 3
+3.1 CLE 8, KC 4 Adam Cimber (W, 4‑2) 2.1 1 0 0 1 3
+3.0 CHC 11, PIT 3 Kris Bryant RF 5 3 4 1
+2.1 `NYY 8, TB 4 (F/10) J.A. Happ 5.1 3 1 1 3 5
+2.0 DET 11, CHW 5 Niko Goodrum 1B 5 2 3 2
+2.0 BOS 8, TOR 7 Rafael Devers 3B 3 2 2 1
+1.0 WSH 5, MIA 2 Anthony Rendon 3B 4 1 2 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 +/‑
Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 11.7 21.8 38.2 47.9 +1.6
Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840 pi sp cin nl 10.4 18.4 26.8 26.8 +2.4
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp nyy al 6.0 21.7 59.9 78.6 -9.7
Devers, Rafael 4038 3b bos al 6.0 8.5 8.5 8.5 +3.5
Semien, Marcus 3302 ss oak al 5.7 8.2 19.2 20.2 +3.2
Bryant, Kris 3465 3b chi nl 4.5 4.5 29.5 29.5 +4.5
Swanson, Dansby 3751 ss atl nl 3.5 8.0 12.5 12.5 -1.0
Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b dc nl 3.0 9.5 28.5 29.5 -3.5
Ponce de Leon, Daniel 4037 pi sp mr stl nl 3.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +1.0
Goodrum, Niko 3932 ss 1b rf 3b 2b det al 2.7 7.7 7.7 7.7 -2.3
Cimber, Adam 4141 pi mr cle al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 1.0 8.5 28.2 28.2 -6.5
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