Mets' Matt Harvey (8IP 9K ND) tops players for Monday, May 18, rises to 4th in Box-Toppers player rankings

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is Monday’s Player of the Day and rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season.

Also Monday, Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels rose to ninth place in player rankings for the season and 40th among all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of May 18.  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Hernandez, Felix 2064 pi sp sea al 8.7
2 Archer, Chris 3194 pi sp tb al 7.0
3 Miller, Shelby 3134 pi sp atl nl 7.0
4 Harvey, Matt 3075 pi sp nym nl 6.7
5 Harper, Bryce 3011 lf rf dc nl 6.5
6 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.0
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp pit nl 6.0
8 Harang, Aaron 1599 pi sp phi nl 5.1
9 Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp phi nl 5.0
10 Hosmer, Eric 2886 1b kc al 5.0
What are those numbers after players' names?

Player of the Day—Harvey pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out nine in the 2-1, 14-inning win over the Cardinals. Harvey did not pick up the win in the game because after he exited, the Cardinals tied the game.

Harvey earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.7 for the season, rising to fourth place in Box-Toppers player rankings for 2015. He ranks second among NL pitchers, behind Shelby Miller of the Braves (7.0).

American League Player of the Day—White Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out seven over eight innings, allowing one run and four hits, in the 2-1, 10-inning win over the Indians. Sale did not earn the win because he exited with the game tied, 1-1.

American League Batter of the Day—Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three, in the 10-6 win over the Angels.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no NL Batter of the Day for Monday because no NL batter earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors.

Notable—Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels rose to ninth place in season Box-Toppers player rankings and 40th among all players since 1995 after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Hamels (7IP R 7K W in the 4-3 win over the Rockies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 5.0 for the season and 115.8 for his career. With his point Monday, Hamels passes Josh Beckett (114.9 Box-Toppers points) on the list of players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. He now trails the 39th-place player on that list, Todd Helton (116.4). Hamels’ 115.4 career points ranks 27th among all pitchers since 1995 and eighth among active pitchers currently in the NL.

Debut—Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress made his Box-Toppers debut Monday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Jeffress (1IP R 3K W in the 3-2 win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 2010, and was playing in his 100th career game. He is the 3,473rd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Harvey earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Sale earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Bautista earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL 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.

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

5/18 Score Team Player AB R H BI BB K IP H R ER BB K
MLB 10.0 `Mets Matt Harvey - - - - - - 8.0 6 0 0 1 9
AL 7.0 `White Sox Chris Sale - - - - - - 8.0 4 1 1 2 7
5.1 Phillies Cole Hamels (W, 4-3) - - - - - - 7.1 6 1 1 1 7
BAT 5.0 Blue Jays Jose Bautista DH 4 3 3 3 1 0 - - - - - -
4.0 `Dbacks Rubby De La Rosa - - - - - - 9.0 6 2 2 0 5
4.0 `Athletics Evan Scribner (H, 5) - - - - - - 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
3.1 Brewers Jeremy Jeffress (W, 1-0) - - - - - - 1.1 1 0 0 0 3
`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.