Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and takes the season lead in Box-Toppers points, passing Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who had led since May 7.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 25:
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||20.7|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||18.4|
|4||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||17.2|
|5||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||16.8|
|6||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||15.4|
|7||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|9||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||13.7|
|10||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||13.0|
Also Thursday, Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels rises to fifth in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.
Player of the Day—Scherzer pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out 10 and allowing two hits and no walks, in the 4-0 win over the Orioles.
Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 20.7 for the season, rising from second to first among all players. Scherzer becomes the second player this season to 20 points; previous leader Kershaw (20.0 Box-Toppers points) did it first it more than two months ago on June 20, the last time he earned Player of the Game before going on the disabled list.
Kershaw has led all players in Box-Toppers points this season since May 7, nearly 16 weeks, despite going on the disabled list two months ago on June 26. Kershaw is eligible to return from the disabled list Saturday and reports indicate he could return to pitch by mid-September.
Kershaw finished second in Box-Toppers points in 2015 with 25.7, behind overall leader, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta (29.1). Kershaw led all National League players in Box-Toppers points from 2011 to 2014 and led all players in 2011, 2013 and 2014.
Lead changesHere are the season’s lead changes among players in Box-Toppers points. Chart shows the date and the player’s Box-Toppers point (BTP) total when they took the lead.
|4/3||Francisco Liriano||pit nl||2.0|
|4/4||Clayton Kershaw||lad nl||2.0|
|4/14||Vince Velasquez||phi nl||4.0|
|4/21||Jake Arrieta||chi nl||5.0|
|5/1||Clayton Kershaw||lad nl||6.0|
|5/3||Jake Arrieta||chi nl||6.0|
|5/7||Clayton Kershaw||lad nl||7.0|
|8/25||Max Scherzer||dc nl||20.7|
This is Scherzer’s third straight 20-point season. He earned 22.1 points in 2014 with the Tigers, when he ranked fifth overall and second among American League pitchers. He earned 21.0 points in 2015 with the Nationals, when he ranked sixth overall and fourth among NL pitchers.
Scherzer now has 126.7 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 35th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Thursday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Angels pitcher Jered Weaver (125.1) and Mariano Rivera (126.4). Scherzer now trails 34th-ranked player Roy Oswalt (127.2).
American League Player of the Day—Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out eight and allowing two hits and no walks, in the 9-0 win over the Indians.
Hamels earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 16.8 for the season, rising to fifth among all players and maintaining his spot in second place among AL pitchers, behind Corey Kluber of the Indians (17.2).
Hamels also now has 143.0 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 23rd place among players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Thursday, he passes three players (all active) on the “all-time” list—Giants pitcher Jake Peavy (141.8), David Ortiz of the Red Sox (142.9) and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (142.9). Hamels now has the seventh-most career Box-Toppers points among active players. Hamels now trails 22nd-ranked player, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon (145.8).
National League Batter of the Day—Alejandro De Aza of the Mets hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in five runs, in the 10-6 win over the Cardinals.
American League Batter of the Day—James McCann of the Tigers hit a three-run homer, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 8-5 win over the Twins.
Debut—Rays pitcher Tyler Sturdevant made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday with his first career Player of the Game honor.
Sturdevant (0.2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K ND in the 2-1 win over the Red Sox) made his Major League debut May 24 and was playing in his 16th career game. He is the 3,718th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hamels earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. De Aza and McCann 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.
Top player from each game
Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|8/25||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||16.0||WSH 4, BAL 0||Max Scherzer (W,14-7)||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||0||0||0||10|
|AL||14.0||TEX 9, CLE 0||Cole Hamels (W,14-4)||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||0||0||0||8|
|11.2||SF 4, LAD 0||Matt Moore (W,8-10)||-||-||-||-||8.2||1||0||0||3||7|
|BAT||5.0||NYM 10, STL 6||Alejandro De Aza, CF||4||2||2||5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||ATL 3, ARI 1||Matt Wisler (W,5-11)||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||1||1||3||4|
|BAT||4.0||DET 8, MIN 5||James McCann, C||5||2||4||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||LAA 6, TOR 3||Mike Trout, CF||4||1||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||KC 5, MIA 2||Kelvin Herrera (S,9)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.2||`TB 2, BOS 1||Tyler Sturdevant||-||-||-||-||0.2||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||PIT 3, MIL 2 (10)||Andrew McCutchen, CF||5||1||3||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||CHW 7, SEA 6||Tim Anderson, SS||4||2||3||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the 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 playersHere are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Players of the Game. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (16). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (15-16), the period 2011-2016 (11-16) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2016 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2015 total (+/-).
|Player of Game||Pos||Team||16||15-16||11-16||Career||+/-|
|Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||20.7||41.7||106.3||126.7||-0.3|
|Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||16.8||32.2||83.8||143.0||1.4|
|Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||8.5||20.5||45.0||45.0||-3.5|
|Moore, Matt 2975||pi sp||sf nl||7.7||7.7||33.2||33.2||7.7|
|McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf||pit nl||5.5||16.0||46.7||52.4||-5.0|
|Wisler, Matt 3522||pi sp||atl nl||3.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||0.0|
|Anderson, Tim 3659||ss||chi al||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0|
|McCann, James 3649||ca||det al||2.5||2.5||2.5||2.5||2.5|
|De Aza, Alejandro 2950||cf||nym nl||1.5||3.0||11.7||11.7||0.0|
|Herrera, Kelvin 3149||pi cp||kc al||1.0||1.0||5.0||5.0||1.0|
|Sturdevant, Tyler 3718||pi mr||tb al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|