Rangers’ Lance Lynn tops players for Friday, Aug. 2; Padres’ Lauer tops NL players

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Rangers pitcher Lance Lynn is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Lynn struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and two walks, in the 5-4 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. 2.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 18.8
2 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 17.1
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 15.8
4 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 15.7
5 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 15.7
6 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
7 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 14.1
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 13.7
9 Corbin, Patrick 3027 sp pi dc nl 13.4
10 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp hou al 13.2
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Lynn earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 12.0 for the season, 12th among all players and sixth among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Padres pitcher Eric Lauer struck out six over six innings, allowing two runs, three hits and no walks, in the 5-2 win over the Dodgers.

American League Batter of the Day—Nelson Cruz of the Twins homered, hit two doubles and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 11-9 win over the Royals.

Cruz earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 8.0 for the season, rising to third place among AL batters in 2019 Box-Toppers points, behind Alex Bregman of the Astros and Albert Pujols of the Angels. Though all three players have 8.0 points on the season, Bregman ranks first because he has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points (6.2), followed by Pujols (3.0) and Cruz (2.5).

This is Cruz’s best season since 2014 with the Orioles when he had 8.5 Box-Toppers points, sixth among AL batters, which was also his best season in his 14 seasons earning points. He has 69.7 career Box-Toppers points, fourth among active AL batters.

National League Batter of the Day—Joey Votto of the Reds homered and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 5-2 win over the Braves.

Debut—Yordan Alvarez of the Astros made his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Alvarez (HR 2-3 2R BI in the 10-2 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut June 9 and was playing in his 39th career game.

Scoring—Lynn earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Lauer earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Cruz and Votto 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)

8/2 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +9.0 TEX 5, DET 4 Lance Lynn (W, 14‑6) 7.0 4 1 1 2 10
BAT +6.0 MIN 11, KC 9 Nelson Cruz DH 4 2 3 5
+5.1 CLE 7, LAA 3 Mike Clevinger (W, 6‑2) 6.1 3 1 1 4 8
NL +5.0 SD 5, LAD 2 Eric Lauer (W, 6‑8) 6.0 3 2 2 0 6
BAT +4.0 CIN 5, ATL 2 Joey Votto 1B 3 2 2 3
+4.0 COL 5, SF 4 Jairo Diaz (W, 4‑2) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3
+4.0 CHW 4, PHI 3 (F/15) Josh Osich (W, 1‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.0 CHC 6, MIL 2 Javier Baez SS 5 2 3 3
+3.0 TOR 5, BAL 2 Freddy Galvis 2B 4 2 3 2
+3.0 NYY 4, BOS 2 Gleyber Torres SS 3 1 1 4
+2.1 WSH 3, ARI 0 Joe Ross (W, 1‑3) 5.1 1 0 0 5 3
+2.0 PIT 8, NYM 4 Starling Marte CF 5 2 2 3
+2.0 HOU 10, SEA 2 Yordan Alvarez DH 3 2 2 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 +/‑
Lynn, Lance 2992 pi sp tex al 12.0 15.0 45.8 79.6 +9.0
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 9.4 23.1 37.5 37.5 -4.3
Cruz, Nelson Ramon 2224 dh min al 8.0 10.5 33.0 69.7 +5.5
Lauer, Eric 4017 pi sp sd nl 6.7 13.4 13.4 13.4 0.0
Torres, Gleyber 3972 ss  nyy al 6.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 +5.0
Baez, Javier 3395 ss chi nl 4.0 14.0 23.7 23.7 -6.0
Marte, Starling 3122 cf pit nl 3.0 4.0 15.5 19.0 +2.0
Votto, Joey 2366 1b cin nl 2.5 2.5 22.0 70.7 +2.5
Ross, Joe 3499 pi mr sp dc nl 2.0 2.0 15.7 15.7 +2.0
Galvis, Freddy 3202 2b ss tor al 1.0 5.0 15.0 18.0 -3.0
Osich, Josh 3677 pi cp chi al 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Diaz, Jairo 3592 pi mr col nl 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 +1.0
Alvarez, Yordan 4209 dh hou al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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