Rockies' Senzatela tops players in Tuesday, March 7's spring training games

Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers spring training Player of the Day.

Box-Toppers is tracking several days of spring training during 2017 as a sort of a test and demonstration of the Box-Toppers player tracking metric. Even after 22 seasons of tracking (including sharing those results for the past four seasons on, we need to spend a little time in the batting cage working on the swing and getting in shape for the 2,430 games to be tracked during the regular season.

Senzatela pitched three scoreless innings of middle relief, striking out four and allowing one hit, in the 3-2 win over the Rangers. Senzatela picked up a no decision because after he exited, the Rangers tied the game at 2-2, before the Rockies went ahead in the ninth inning.

Senzatela has yet to make his Box-Toppers debut by earning Player of the Game honors during the regular season.

American League Player of the Day—Marcus Semien of the Athletics doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 21-13 win over the Diamondbacks. Semien had 6.0 Box-Toppers points in 2016 with the Athletics, 39th among AL batters.

National League Batter of the Day—Brock Stassi of the Phillies hit a grand slam and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 11-6 win over the Tigers. Stassi has yet to make his Box-Toppers debut by earning Player of the Game honors during the regular season.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Tuesday because the overall AL Player of the Day was batter Marcus Semien.

Scoring—No Box-Toppers points are awarded in spring training games, but if it were the regular season, Senzatela would earn 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, Semien would earn 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day and Stassi would earn 1.5 points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) would earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

Note—Thirteen spring training games were scheduled for Tuesday—nine are listed below. Four games in which Major League teams played against national World Baseball Classic teams are not included. Also not included are three World Baseball Classic games. Should I be including those and tracking those games? I’m just not feeling it. Let me know if you’d like to see Box-Toppers coverage of that tournament.

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.

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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

3/7 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 6.0 `COL 3, TEX 2 Antonio Senzatela - - - - 3.0 1 0 0 0 4
BAT 5.0 PHI 11, DET 6 Brock Stassi (1B) 4 3 2 4 - - - - - -
AL 5.0 OAK 21, ARI 13 Marcus Semien (SS) 3 1 3 4 - - - - - -
3.0 `SF 4, LAD 2 Matt Moore - - - - 3.0 3 0 0 2 5
3.0 `CIN 7, KC 3 Sal Romano - - - - 3.0 2 1 1 0 4
2.0 STL 9, MIA 2 Jhonny Peralta (3B) 3 1 2 2 - - - - - -
2.0 NYY 7, TB 6 (F/10) Kyle Higashioka (C) 2 1 1 2 - - - - - -
2.0 BOS 5, WSH 3 Hanley Ramirez (DH) 2 2 1 1 - - - - - -
2.0 PIT 6, ATL 3 Steven Brault (W, 2-0) - - - - 3.0 3 0 0 1 3
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.