Blue Jays' Drew Hutchison tops players for Friday, May 16; Tigers' Scherzer rises to lead AL pitchers in Box-Toppers points

Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison is Friday’s Player of the Day, while Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer takes the Box-Toppers points lead among American League pitchers.

Hutchison pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout, striking out six, in the 2-0 win over the Rangers.

Scherzer took the Box-Toppers points lead among AL pitchers and also rose to second place overall after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Scherzer (6IP 0R 7K W in the 1-0 win over the Red Sox) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 7.7 for the season. He passes previous AL pitching leader, Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees (7.7). He trails only Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies (9.1 Box-Toppers points). While Scherzer and Tanaka both have 7.7 Box-Toppers points, Scherzer wins the tie-breaker because he has more points over 2013-14—25.8 vs. 7.7. (See the updated top 10 player rankings on the home page.)

Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa is National League Player of the Day. De La Rosa pitched seven scoreless innings—and had a no-hitter through six innings before giving up a hit in the seventh—in the 3-1 win over the Padres.

Christian Yelich of the Marlins is NL Batter of the Day. Yelich homered, went 2-for-4 and scored four runs in the 7-5 win over the Giants. This was Yelich’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has earned Player of the Game honors. He is the 3,334th player to debut on Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995. He made his Major League debut on July 23, 2013 and was playing in his 102nd game.

Adam Dunn of the White Sox is AL Batter of the Day. Dunn hit a three-run home run and went 2-for-4 in the 7-2 win over the Astros.

Notable: Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke rises to seventh in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. Greinke (8IP 0R 6K W in 7-0 win over the Diamondbacks) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 6.4 for the season. (See the updated top 10 player rankings on the home page.)

Hutchison receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. De La Rosa receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Yelich and Dunn each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Friday'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

MLB11.0Blue JaysDrew Hutchison (W, 2-3)------9.030016
NL10.0RockiesJorge De La Rosa (W, 5-3)------7.010015
9.2RedsAlfredo Simon (W, 5-2)------7.250018
8.0AthleticsSonny Gray (W, 5-1)------6.021139
7.0DodgersZack Greinke (W, 7-1)------8.050026
6.0OriolesChris Tillman (W, 4-2)------9.050013
6.0TigersMax Scherzer (W, 6-1)------6.030047
3.2RaysChris Archer (W, 3-2)------5.220055
BAT3.0MarlinsChristian Yelich CF, LF442110------
3.0CardinalsTrevor Rosenthal (S, 12)------1.000002
BAT2.0White SoxAdam Dunn 1B412311------
1.0BrewersJean Segura SS513201------
1.0TwinsBrian Dozier 2B522201------
1.0NationalsScott Hairston LF312100------