Marlins' Fernandez tops players for Saturday, April 5, Mariners' Hernandez moves into 1st in season rankings

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is Saturday’s Player of the Day, while Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, American League Player of the Day, moves into first place among players in Box-Toppers points a week into the season.

Fernandez pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings and struck out eight in the 5-0 win over the Padres. He earned 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, moving him into second place behind Hernandez.

Hernandez struck out eight over 8 1/3 innings and allowed only one run in the 3-1 win over the Athletics. Hernandez earned 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 3.4 for the season, more than any other player so far into the young season.

Hernandez and Fernandez are the only two players so far this season who have earned Player of the Game honors more than once.

Nolan Arenado of the Rockies is National League Batter of the Day. Arenado homered twice, drove in three runs and went 3-4 in the 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks. This was Arenado’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has earned Player of the Game honors. He is the 3,306th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Torii Hunter of the Tigers is AL Batter of the Day. Hunter drove in five runs and went 2-4 with a homer and a double in the 7-6 win over the Orioles. Hunter now has 103.9 career Box-Toppers points, ranked 52nd among all players since 1995.

Fernandez receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Hernandez receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Arenado and Hunter each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Saturday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) receive 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

MLB9.2Marlins 000000000Jose Fernandez (W, 2-0)6.230028
AL7.1Mariners 000000000Felix Hernandez (W, 2-0)8.161118
 7.0Angels 000000000Tyler Skaggs (W, 1-0)8.041015
 6.2Blue Jays 000000000R.A. Dickey (W, 1-1)6.250016
 6.1`Royals 000000000Bruce Chen 6.161007
BAT5.0Rockies Nolan Arenado 3B4333000000.000000
 5.0Mets Ike Davis PH1114001000.000000
BAT4.0Tigers Torii Hunter RF4125100000.000000
 4.0Brewers 000000000Francisco Rodriguez (S, 2)1.000003
 3.1Giants 000000000Madison Bumgarner (W, 1-0)6.1822110
 3.0Phillies Chase Utley 2B3231100000.000000
 3.0Rays James Loney 1B2122200000.000000
 2.0Braves 000000000Julio Teheran (W, 1-1)7.032246
 1.0Cardinals Jhonny Peralta SS4212100000.000000
 1.0Twins Trevor Plouffe 3B3211210000.000000

` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.