Rockies’ Jon Gray tops players for Friday, Aug. 16; Athletics’ Trivino tops AL players

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Rockies pitcher Jon Gray is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Gray struck out seven over eight scoreless innings, allowing five hits and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the Marlins.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 16.
 
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 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 15.4
8 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
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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Gray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season, 27th among all players and 14th among National League pitchers.

Gray becomes the 27th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his second straight season with 10 or more points. In 2018, he had 11.7 points with the Rockies, 15th among NL pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Athletics pitcher Lou Trivino struck out four over three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 3-2, 13-inning win over the Astros.

National League Batter of the Day—Kevin Pillar of the Giants hit two home runs and went 2-for-4, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 10-9, 11-inning win over the Diamondbacks.

American League Batter of the Day—James McCann of the White Sox hit a grand slam, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 7-2 win over the Angels.

Scoring—Gray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Trivino earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Pillar and McCann 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)

8/16 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 COL 3, MIA 0 Jon Gray (W, 11‑8) 8.0 5 0 0 0 7
+8.1 `PIT 3, CHC 2 Joe Musgrove 7.1 4 2 2 0 9
BAT +5.0 SF 10, ARI 9 (F/11) Kevin Pillar CF 4 3 2 4
AL +5.0 OAK 3, HOU 2 (F/13) Lou Trivino (W, 4‑5) 3.0 1 0 0 1 4
BAT +4.0 CHW 7, LAA 2 James McCann C 4 1 3 4
+4.0 DET 2, TB 0 Drew VerHagen (W, 3‑2) 5.0 3 0 0 1 3
+3.0 STL 13, CIN 4 Dexter Fowler CF‑RF 6 2 3 4
+3.0 BOS 9, BAL 1 Andrew Benintendi LF 4 2 3 2
+2.0 PHI 8, SD 4 Bryce Harper RF 5 2 2 3
+2.0 LAD 8, ATL 3 Julio Urias (S, 4) 3.0 1 0 0 1 1
+2.0 NYY 3, CLE 2 Aroldis Chapman (S, 34) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2
+2.0 `WSH 2, MIL 1 Daniel Hudson 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
+1.0 TOR 7, SEA 3 Vladimir Guerrero 3B 4 1 2 2
+1.0 MIN 4, TEX 3 Jonathan Schoop 2B 3 1 1 2
+1.0 KC 4, NYM 1 Mike Montgomery (W, 3‑5) 6.0 5 1 0 2 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, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 10.0 21.7 33.4 33.4 -1.7
Harper, Bryce 3011 rf phi nl 7.0 14.5 33.5 48.9 -0.5
McCann, James 3649 ca chi al 6.5 7.5 11.5 11.5 +5.5
Guerrero, Vladimir Jr. 4142 3b tor al 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.2 +6.2
Musgrove, Joe 3705 pi sp pit nl 6.0 10.0 15.7 15.7 +2.0
Fowler, Dexter 2698 cf rf stl nl 6.0 6.0 21.0 33.0 +6.0
Urias, Julio 3652 pi sp mr cp lad nl 6.0 6.0 12.7 12.7 +6.0
Hudson, Dan 2776 pi mr dc nl 5.0 6.0 9.0 26.0 +4.0
Benintendi, Andrew 3815 lf bos al 4.0 8.5 15.7 15.7 -0.5
Schoop, Jonathan 3307 2b min al 4.0 7.5 23.0 23.0 +0.5
Montgomery, Mike 3513 pi sp kc al 4.0 7.0 22.0 22.0 +1.0
Chapman, Aroldis 2826 pi cp nyy al 3.0 7.0 31.1 55.1 -1.0
Trivino, Lou 3939 pi mr cp oak al 2.7 10.7 10.7 10.7 -5.3
Pillar, Kevin 3486 rf cf sf nl 2.5 4.5 12.0 12.0 +0.5
VerHagen, Drew 3584 pi mr sp det al 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 +1.0
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