Reds’ Luis Castillo tops players for Monday, Aug. 5, rises to 10th in season player rankings

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Reds pitcher Luis Castillo is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to 10th place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 5.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 20.8
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 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 15.1
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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Castillo struck out 13 over seven innings, allowing two runs, three hits and one walk, in the 7-4 win over the Angels.

Castillo earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 13.4 for the season, 10th among all players and sixth among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Rangers pitcher Mike Minor struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and one walk, in the 1-0 win over the Indians.

Minor becomes the 20th player to reach 10 Box-Toppers points in 2019. He earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 10.7 for the season, 17th among all players and eighth among AL pitchers.

This is Minor’s second season with 10 points. In 2013 with the Braves, he had 10.0 points, 24th among NL pitchers. He had 7.7 points in 2018 with the Rangers, 37th among AL pitchers. He has 47.5 career Box-Toppers points, 29th among active AL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—Mike Tauchman of the Yankees hit two home runs and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 9-6 win over the Orioles.

This was Tauchman’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Tauchman made his Major League debut June 27, 2017, and was playing in his 111th career game.

National League Batter of the Day—Christian Yelich of the Brewers hit two home runs and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 9-7 win over the Pirates.

Yelich earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 8.0 for the season, rising to third among NL batters, behind Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (10.2) and Josh Bell of the Pirates (9.7).

Notable—Two other players reached the 10 Box-Toppers point mark for the 2019 season after earning Player of the Game honors Monday:

  • Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom became the 21st player to reach 10 points (7IP 5H 2R BB 8K W in the 6-2 win over the Marlins). With 10.4 Box-Toppers points, he now ranks 18th among all players and 10th among NL pitchers. It is his fifth season with 10 points and third straight (all with the Mets). The only season in which he missed earning 10 points was 2016, when he had 9.7. His best season was 2015 when he had 22.4 points, third among all players and among all NL pitchers. In 2018, he had 16.8 points, third among NL pitchers. His 88.0 career points ranks 14th among active NL pitchers.

  • Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks became the 22nd player to reach 10 points (6.1IP H 2R 2BB 5K ND in the 6-5 win over the Athletics). With 10.7 Box-Toppers points, he now ranks 16th among all players and ninth among NL pitchers. It is his second season with 10 points; in 2016 with the Cubs he had 13.4 points, 10th among NL pitchers. He had 8.7 points in 2018 with the Cubs, 28th among NL pitchers. His 51.2 career points ranks 33rd among active NL pitchers.

Debut—In addition to Tauchman, two other players made their Box-Toppers debut Monday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin (6IP 2H 0R BB 7K W in the 8-0 win over the Cardinals) made his Major League debut June 26 and was playing in his third career game.

  • Blue Jays pitcher Jacob Waguespack (6IP 4H 0R BB 4K W in the 2-0 win over the Rays) made his Major League debut May 27 and was playing in his seventh career game.

Scoring—Castillo earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Minor earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Tauchman and Yelich each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)

8/5 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +12.0 CIN 7, LAA 4 Luis Castillo (W, 11‑4) 7.0 3 2 2 1 13
+10.0 LAD 8, STL 0 Tony Gonsolin (W, 1‑1) 6.0 2 0 0 1 7
AL +6.0 TEX 1, CLE 0 Mike Minor (W, 10‑6) 7.0 7 0 0 1 7
BAT +5.0 NYY 9, BAL 6 Mike Tauchman LF 4 3 3 3
+5.0 NYM 6, MIA 2 Jacob deGrom (W, 7‑7) 7.0 5 2 2 1 8
+5.0 TOR 2, TB 0 Jacob Waguespack (W, 3‑1) 6.0 4 0 0 1 4
+4.1 `CHC 6, OAK 5 Kyle Hendricks 6.1 1 2 2 2 5
+4.0 NYM 5, MIA 4 Seth Lugo (S, 2) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +3.0 MIL 9, PIT 7 Christian Yelich RF 5 2 4 2
+3.0 MIN 5, ATL 3 Miguel Sano PH 1 1 1 2
+3.0 BOS 7, KC 5 Rick Porcello (W, 10‑8) 6.0 4 1 1 2 5
+2.0 WSH 4, SF 0 Erick Fedde (W, 2‑2) 6.0 6 0 0 0 2
+1.0 CHW 7, DET 4 James McCann C 4 2 2 1
0.0 PHI 7, ARI 3 Jean Segura SS 4 0 2 2
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 +/‑
Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840 pi sp cin nl 13.4 21.4 29.8 29.8 +5.4
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 10.7 19.4 51.2 51.2 +2.0
Minor, Mike 2894 pi sp tex al 10.7 18.4 26.8 47.5 +3.0
deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 10.4 27.2 88.0 88.0 -6.4
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf mil nl 8.0 19.5 40.0 40.0 -3.5
Porcello, Rick 2573 pi sp bos al 6.0 17.4 41.1 63.1 -5.4
McCann, James 3649 ca chi al 4.0 5.0 9.0 9.0 +3.0
Lugo, Seth 3729 pi cp mr sp nym nl 2.0 6.0 11.0 11.0 -2.0
Fedde, Erick 4065 pi mr sp dc nl 2.0 3.7 3.7 3.7 +0.3
Tauchman, Mike 4212 lf nyy al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Segura, Jean 3173 ss phi nl 1.0 6.0 14.5 18.0 -4.0
Sano, Miguel 3527 3b ph min al 1.0 5.0 22.5 22.5 -3.0
Gonsolin, Tony 4211 pi sp lad nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Waguespack, Jacob 4213 pi sp tor al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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