Royals’ Mike Montgomery tops players for Saturday, Aug. 10; Dodgers’ Maeda tops NL players

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Royals pitcher Mike Montgomery is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Montgomery struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 7-0 win over the Tigers.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 10.
 
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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Montgomery earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 244th among all players and 60th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda struck out six over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks.

American League Batter of the Day—Yordan Alvarez of the Astros hit three home runs, including a grand slam, while going 3-for-5, scoring four times and driving in seven runs, in the 23-2 win over the Orioles.

Alvarez had a Box-Toppers game score Saturday of +9.0, which is tied for the third-best for a batter earning Player of the Game honors so far in 2019 (seven other batters earning Player of the Game honors have +9.0 game scores). Alvarez’s game score ranks eighth (based on tiebreakers) among all batters earning Player of the Game honors in 2019. Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs has the highest game score for a batter earning Player of the Game honors this season (+11.0 on July 28).

National League Batter of the Day—Hunter Renfroe of the Padres homered and hit two doubles, going 3-for-3, scoring four times and driving in two runs, in the 8-5 win over the Rockies.

Notable—Reds pitcher Sonny Gray has the most 2019 Box-Toppers points among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Gray (6IP 2H 0R 4BB 7K W in the 10-1 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.7 for the season, 30th among all players and 15th among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright now has 123.9 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Wainwright (6IP 6H R 2BB 8K W in the 3-1 win over the Pirates) ranks 43rd among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 42nd-ranked player Gary Sheffield (124.1). Wainwright ranks 14th among active players in career points.

Wainwright now has 4.7 Box-Toppers points for 2019, 51st among NL pitchers.

One other notable thing—Teoscar Hernandez of the Blue Jays earned Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Saturday.

Hernandez (HR 1-2 2R 3BI in the 5-4 win over the Yankees) was also Player of the Game Friday in the 8-2 win over the Yankees (2HR 2-3 2R 3BI). Hernandez now has 3.5 Box-Toppers points for the season (2.0 points in the past two days) and ranks 42nd among AL batters.

Debut—Luis Guillorme of the Mets made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Guillorme (HR 1-1 R BI in the 4-3 win over the Nationals) made his Major League debut May 11, 2018, and was playing in his 57th career game.

Scoring—Montgomery earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Maeda earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Alvarez and Renfroe 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)

8/9 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +15.0 KC 7, DET 0 Mike Montgomery (W, 2‑5) 7.0 4 0 0 0 12
NL +10.0 LAD 4, ARI 0 Kenta Maeda (W, 8‑8) 7.0 3 0 0 0 6
+10.0 MIL 3, TEX 2 Adrian Houser (W, 5‑5) 6.0 3 1 1 1 10
BAT +9.0 HOU 23, BAL 2 Yordan Alvarez DH 5 4 3 7
+9.0 SF 3, PHI 1 Jeff Samardzija (W, 9‑9) 8.0 2 1 1 0 5
+7.0 CIN 10, CHC 1 Sonny Gray (W, 7‑6) 6.0 2 0 0 4 7
BAT +6.0 SD 8, COL 5 Hunter Renfroe RF 3 4 3 2
+4.0 STL 3, PIT 1 Adam Wainwright (W, 8‑8) 6.0 6 1 1 2 8
+4.0 `TB 5, SEA 4 Nick Anderson (H, 8) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.0 LAA 12, BOS 4 Mike Trout CF 3 2 1 3
+3.0 MIA 7, ATL 6 (F/10) Curtis Granderson PH‑LF 2 2 2 1
+3.0 TOR 5, NYY 4 Teoscar Hernandez CF 2 1 1 3
+3.0 MIN 4, CLE 1 Taylor Rogers (S, 18) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
+2.0 NYM 4, WSH 3 Luis Guillorme PH‑3B 1 1 1 1
+0.1 CHW 3, OAK 2 Reynaldo Lopez (W, 7‑9) 6.1 6 0 0 3 3
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 +/‑
Gray, Sonny 3259 pi sp cin nl 8.7 17.4 54.6 58.6 0.0
Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 7.7 15.7 53.7 69.7 -0.3
Lopez, Reynaldo 3712 pi sp chi al 7.7 13.4 15.4 15.4 +2.0
Maeda, Kenta 3609 pi sp mr lad nl 6.7 17.4 37.4 37.4 -4.0
Samardzija, Jeff 2495 pi sp sf nl 6.0 6.0 44.1 66.8 +6.0
Renfroe, Hunter 3749 rf lf ph sd nl 5.5 8.7 15.2 15.2 +2.3
Wainwright, Adam 2150 pi sp stl nl 4.7 6.4 43.8 123.9 +3.0
Rogers, Taylor 3648 pi cp min al 4.0 6.0 9.0 9.0 +2.0
Anderson, Nick 4145 pi mr tb al 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 +4.0
Hernandez, Teoscar 3713 cf lf tor al 3.5 6.0 9.2 9.2 +1.0
Montgomery, Mike 3513 pi sp kc al 3.0 6.0 21.0 21.0 0.0
Granderson, Curtis 2051 dh lf ph fla nl 2.5 10.7 25.9 79.7 -5.7
Alvarez, Yordan 4209 dh hou al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Houser, Adrian 4162 pi cp sp mil nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Guillorme, Luis 4216 3b ph nym nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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