Braves’ Max Fried tops player for Thursday, Sept. 5; White Sox’ Lopez tops AL players

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Braves pitcher Max Fried is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Fried struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and no walks, in the 4-2 win over the Nationals.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Sept. 5.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 24.2
2 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 23.8
3 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 18.7
4 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 16.8
5 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 16.7
6 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 16.1
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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Fried earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season, 42nd among all players and 20th among National League pitchers.

Fried becomes the 41st player to reach 10 Box-Toppers points this season. It is his first season with 10 points after earning 1.0 point in his debut season of 2018 with the Braves.

American League Player of the Day—White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez pitched a complete-game one-hitter, allowing one run, three walks and striking out 11, in the 7-1 win over the Indians.

Lopez earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 11.4 for the season, 26th among all players and 11th among AL pitchers.

Lopez becomes the 42nd player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points. It is his first season with 10 points. He had 5.7 points in 2018 with the White Sox and has 19.1 career points since making his Box-Toppers debut in 2016.

American League Batter of the Day—Josh Reddick of the Astros homered and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in one run, in the 11-9, 13-inning win over the Mariners.

National League Batter of the Day—Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs hit a grand slam, doubled and went 2-for-3, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 10-5 win over the Brewers.

Notable—Reds pitcher Sonny Gray has the most 2019 Box-Toppers points among the 12 who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Gray (6IP 4H R 0BB 7K ND in the 4-3, 11-inning win over the Phillies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.4 for the season, 16th among all players and ninth among NL pitchers.

Scoring—Fried earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Lopez earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Reddick and Schwarber each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

9/5 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +15.0 ATL 4, WSH 2 Max Fried (W, 16‑4) 7.0 1 0 0 0 9
AL +14.0 CHW 7, CLE 1 Reynaldo Lopez (W, 9‑12) 9.0 1 1 1 3 11
+7.0 `CIN 4, PHI 3 (F/11) Sonny Gray 6.0 4 1 1 0 7
+5.0 STL 10, SF 0 Dakota Hudson (W, 15‑6) 6.0 1 0 0 2 2
BAT +4.0 HOU 11, SEA 9 (F/13) Josh Reddick CF 3 3 3 1
BAT +4.0 CHC 10, MIL 5 Kyle Schwarber LF 3 1 2 4
+3.0 OAK 10, LAA 6 Marcus Semien SS 4 3 4 0
+3.0 TB 6, TOR 4 Austin Meadows DH 4 2 3 2
+3.0 DET 6, KC 4 Jordy Mercer SS 2 2 2 1
+2.0 MIA 10, PIT 7 Neil Walker 1B 4 1 2 3
+2.0 TEX 3, BAL 1 Nick Solak DH 3 2 1 2
+1.0 MIN 2, BOS 1 Willians Astudillo PH‑2B 1 0 1 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 +/‑
Gray, Sonny 3259 pi sp cin nl 13.4 22.1 59.3 63.3 +4.7
Lopez, Reynaldo 3712 pi sp chi al 11.4 17.1 19.1 19.1 +5.7
Fried, Max 4011 pi sp atl nl 10.0 11.0 11.0 11.0 +9.0
Semien, Marcus 3302 ss oak al 7.7 10.2 21.2 22.2 +5.2
Hudson, Dakota 4035 pi sp stl nl 7.7 8.7 8.7 8.7 +6.7
Schwarber, Kyle 3536 lf chi nl 5.0 9.0 18.5 18.5 +1.0
Walker, Neil 2756 dh 3b 1b fla nl 3.5 4.5 21.0 37.0 +2.5
Meadows, Austin 4079 dh lf tb al 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 +2.5
Mercer, Jordy 3206 ss det al 2.0 4.0 15.0 16.0 0.0
Solak, Nick 4227 2b dh tex al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Reddick, Josh 2936 cf hou al 1.5 4.0 24.7 36.4 -1.0
Astudillo, Willians 4090 2b ca ph min al 1.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 -0.5
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