Giants’ Madison Bumgarner tops players for Friday, Aug. 30; Rays’ Pruitt tops AL players

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Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Bumgarner struck out nine over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and two walks, in the 8-3 win over the Padres.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 30.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 22.5
2 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 21.8
3 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 16.7
4 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 16.1
5 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 15.8
6 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil 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 14.4
10 Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 14.4
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Bumgarner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season, 33rd among all players and 17th among National League pitchers.

Bumgarner is the 34th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his seventh season with 10 or more points and his first since 2016. Bumgarner had six straight seasons with 10 or more points from 2011 to 2016. His best season was 2014 with the Giants when he had 22.6 Box-Toppers points, third among all players. In 2017, he had 2.0 points and in 2018, he had 6.7 points.

Bumgarner also now has 124.4 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 42nd among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 2.0 points Friday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (123.9) and Gary Sheffield (124.1). Bumgarner now trails 41st-ranked player Mariano Rivera (126.4). Passing Wainwright, Bumgarner now ranks 14th among active players in career points.

American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Austin Pruitt struck out eight over 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and no walks, in the 4-0 win over the Indians. Pruitt did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was in a scoreless tie when he exited.

National League Batter of the Day—Todd Frazier of the Mets hit two three-run home runs and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in six runs in the 11-5 win over the Phillies.

American League Batter of the Day—George Springer of the Astros hit a three-run homer, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 7-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Notable—C.J. Cron of the Twins earned Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Friday—and the third time in six days.

Cron (HR 2B 2-5 2R 3BI in the 13-5 win over the Tigers) was also Player of the Game Thursday in the 10-5 win over the White Sox (HR 2B 3-5 2R 3BI). Cron was also Player of the Game Sunday in the 7-4 win over the Tigers (HR 1-2 2R 3BI).

Cron has 5.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 33rd among AL batters, with 3.0 of those points earned in the past week.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Friday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Hanser Alberto of the Orioles (2B 5-6 2R 2BI in the 14-2 win over the Royals) made his Major League debut May 29, 2015, and was playing in his 204th career game.

  • Jose Trevino of the Rangers (2-2B 3-3 R 2BI in the 6-3 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut June 15, 2018, and was playing in his 21st career game.

Scoring—Bumgarner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Pruitt earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Frazier and Springer 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)

8/30 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +8.0 SF 8, SD 3 Madison Bumgarner (W, 9‑8) 7.0 4 1 1 2 9
AL +7.1 `TB 4, CLE 0 Austin Pruitt 5.1 4 0 0 0 6
BAT +6.0 NYM 11, PHI 5 Todd Frazier 3B 4 2 2 6
+6.0 `BOS 7, LAA 6 (F/15) Nick Eovaldi 4.0 3 1 1 1 8
+5.0 ATL 10, CHW 7 Max Fried (W, 15‑4) 6.0 4 4 3 1 11
+4.0 CHC 7, MIL 1 Nicholas Castellanos RF 4 2 2 4
BAT +4.0 HOU 7, TOR 4 George Springer CF 4 2 2 4
+4.0 OAK 8, NYY 2 Seth Brown PH‑LF 3 1 3 3
+3.2 ARI 5, LAD 4 Archie Bradley (W, 4‑5) 1.2 1 0 0 0 3
+3.0 BAL 14, KC 2 Hanser Alberto 3B 6 2 5 2
+3.0 WSH 7, MIA 6 Anthony Rendon 3B 4 1 3 3
+3.0 PIT 9, COL 4 Starling Marte CF 4 4 3 0
+3.0 TEX 6, SEA 3 Jose Trevino C 3 1 3 2
+2.0 MIN 13, DET 5 C.J. Cron 1B 5 2 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 +/‑
Bumgarner, Madison 2753 pi sp sf nl 10.0 16.7 71.3 124.4 +3.3
Fried, Max 4011 pi sp atl nl 8.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 +7.0
Castellanos, Nicholas 3349 rf chi nl 5.0 11.5 29.7 29.7 -1.5
Cron, C.J. 3338 1b min al 5.0 7.0 18.7 18.7 +3.0
Springer, George 3337 cf hou al 4.2 8.7 24.2 24.2 -0.3
Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b dc nl 4.0 10.5 29.5 30.5 -2.5
Marte, Starling 3122 cf pit nl 4.0 5.0 16.5 20.0 +3.0
Bradley, Archie 3438 pi cp mr ari nl 3.0 3.0 8.0 8.0 +3.0
Brown, Seth 4239 lf ph oak al 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Pruitt, Austin 3773 pi sp cp mr tb al 1.7 3.7 9.4 9.4 -0.3
Frazier, Todd 2929 3b nym nl 1.5 5.5 25.6 36.1 -2.5
Eovaldi, Nathan 2928 pi sp bos al 1.0 9.7 25.1 35.5 -7.7
Alberto, Hanser 4240 3b bal al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Trevino, Jose 4241 ca tex al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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