Tigers' Scherzer, top player for Monday, May 5, takes AL Box-Toppers points lead; Tulowitzki increases overall lead among players

Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, Monday’s Player of the Day, rises to third place in Box-Toppers player rankings, while Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies increased his lead among players in Box-Toppers points.

Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out nine in the 2-0 win over the Astros. Earning 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, Scherzer now has 6.7 Box-Toppers points and is in third place among all players for the season. (See updated top 10 list on the home page.)

Scherzer now leads among all American League players in Box-Toppers points. He passes previous AL leader Chris Colabello of the Twins (5.2) and previous AL pitching leader Martin Perez of the Rangers (5.0). In 2013, Scherzer led all AL players with 18.1 Box-Toppers points.

Tulowitzki increased his season lead in Box-Toppers points after earning National League Player of the Day honors Monday. Tulowitzki  homered twice and went 2-for-3 and drove in four runs in the 8-2 win over the Rangers.

Tulowitzki earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 9.1 for the season. In a little over a week, Tulowitzki has earned Player of the Game honors four times, each time earning bonus points for either being NL Player or Batter of the Day. (See updated top 10 list on the home page.)

Tulowitzki has already more than doubled his Box-Toppers points total for 2013 (4.0). Just over a month into the season, he already has his second-highest Box-Toppers point total for a season—his highest point total was 11.5 in 2011.

There is no American League Batter of the Day for Monday because no AL batter earned Player of the Game honors.

Scherzer receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Tulowitzki receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. 

All of Monday’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

MLB13.0TigersMax Scherzer (W, 4-1)------8.030019
6.0AngelsJered Weaver (W, 3-2)------8.061117
NL5.0RockiesTroy Tulowitzki SS322420------
5.0BrewersCarlos Gomez CF222330------
5.0`MarlinsNathan Eovaldi------7.0533110
4.0GiantsBuster Posey 1B433210------
4.0`White SoxJose Quintana------7.011133
3.0`TwinsKyle Gibson------7.020031
3.0`Blue JaysAaron Loup (H, 4)------1.010003
3.0NationalsAaron Barrett (W, 2-0)------1.000002
2.0MarinersFernando Rodney (S, 8)------1.000001
1.0CardinalsMatt Carpenter 3B412210------
1.0PadresYasmani Grandal C411311------

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