Athletics’ Mike Fiers tops players for Friday, Aug. 9; Indians’ Bieber rises to 3rd in player rankings

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Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Friday, Indians pitcher Shane Bieber rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 9.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 20.8
2 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.8
3 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 16.1
4 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 15.8
5 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 15.7
6 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 15.7
7 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 13.7
9 Corbin, Patrick 3027 sp pi dc nl 13.4
10 Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840 pi sp cin nl 13.4
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Player of the Day—Fiers struck out eight over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 7-0 win over the White Sox.

Fiers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 8.0 for the season, ranked 35th among all players and 14th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer struck out 11 over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and two walks, in the 5-2 win over the Cubs.

Bauer earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 12.1 for the season, 13th among all players and eighth among NL pitchers. It is his first Player of the Game honor since being traded from the Indians prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

American League Batter of the Day—J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox hit two homers and two doubles, going 4-for-5, scoring four times and driving in four runs, in the 16-4 win over the Angels.

National League Batter of the Day—Bryce Harper of the Phillies hit two home runs, including a three-run shot, in the 9-6 win over the Giants. Harper went 2-for-4, scoring three times and driving in four runs.

Rankings—Indians pitcher Shane Bieber rises from sixth to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Bieber (7IP 7H 2R 2BB 11K W in the 6-2 win over the Twins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 16.1 for the season. He also ranks third among AL pitchers, behind Justin Verlander (20.8) and Gerrit Cole (18.8), both of the Astros.

Scoring—Fiers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bauer earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Martinez and Harper 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)

8/9 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 OAK 7, CHW 0 Mike Fiers (W, 11‑3) 7.0 3 0 0 0 8
NL +11.0 CIN 5, CHC 2 Trevor Bauer (W, 10‑8) 7.0 3 1 1 2 11
BAT +7.0 BOS 16, LAA 4 J.D. Martinez DH 5 4 4 4
+7.0 SD 7, COL 1 Cal Quantrill (W, 5‑3) 7.0 5 0 0 0 5
+6.0 ATL 8, MIA 4 Julio Teheran (W, 7‑7) 7.0 5 1 1 1 7
BAT +5.0 PHI 9, SF 6 Bryce Harper RF 4 3 2 4
+5.0 CLE 6, MIN 2 Shane Bieber (W, 12‑4) 7.0 7 2 2 2 11
+4.0 TOR 8, NYY 2 Teoscar Hernandez CF 3 2 2 3
+4.0 `ARI 3, LAD 2 (F/11) Robbie Ray 6.0 2 2 2 3 7
+3.2 `STL 6, PIT 2 John Brebbia 1.2 0 0 0 1 3
+3.0 MIL 6, TEX 5 Eric Thames PH‑1B 1 2 1 1
+2.2 NYM 7, WSH 6 Luis Avilan (W, 3‑0) 0.2 0 0 0 0 2
+2.1 DET 5, KC 2 Edwin Jackson (W, 2‑5) 6.1 4 1 1 2 4
+1.0 TB 5, SEA 3 Eric Sogard PH‑2B 1 1 1 0
+1.0 HOU 3, BAL 2 Roberto Osuna (S, 26) 1.0 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 +/‑
Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 16.1 22.5 22.5 22.5 +9.7
Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cin nl 12.1 26.2 62.4 65.4 -2.0
Fiers, Mike 3029 pi sp oak al 8.0 18.7 43.5 51.2 -2.7
Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 6.0 18.7 56.5 70.2 -6.7
Martinez, J.D. 2922 dh rf bos al 6.0 18.5 36.2 41.2 -6.5
Harper, Bryce 3011 rf phi nl 6.0 13.5 32.5 47.9 -1.5
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 5.7 13.4 40.1 40.1 -2.0
Brebbia, John 4080 pi mr stl nl 4.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 +3.0
Sogard, Eric 3174 2b dh ph tb al 3.0 3.0 8.0 10.0 +3.0
Hernandez, Teoscar 3713 lf cf tor al 2.5 5.0 8.2 8.2 0.0
Thames, Eric 2909 1b ph mil nl 2.5 2.5 6.5 9.0 +2.5
Osuna, Roberto 3512 pi mr cp hou al 2.0 5.0 16.0 16.0 -1.0
Quantrill, Cal 4195 pi mr sp sd nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Jackson, Edwin 1812 pi sp det al 1.0 6.0 13.0 51.8 -4.0
Avilan, Luis 3961 pi cp nym nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
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