Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Pineda struck out 11 over 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run and two hits, in the 8-1 win over the Rays. Pineda retired the first 20 Rays batters.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of April 10:
|1||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||3.0|
|2||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||det al||2.7|
|3||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||2.7|
|4||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||2.0|
|5||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||2.0|
|6||Martinez, Carlos 3371||pi sp||stl nl||2.0|
|7||Finnegan, Brandon 3535||pi sp||cin nl||2.0|
|8||Mazara, Nomar 3614||rf||tex al||2.0|
|9||Pineda, Michael 2841||pi sp||nyy al||2.0|
|10||Chacin, Jhoulys 2711||pi mr sp||sd nl||2.0|
Pineda receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first of the season and rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
National League Player of the Day—Giants pitcher Matt Moore allowed one run and three hits over eight innings, striking out five, in the 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
National League Batter of the Day—Stephen Drew of the Nationals doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 14-6 win over the Cardinals.
American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Monday because no AL batter earned Player of the Game honors.
Rankings—Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander rose to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.
Verlander (7IP 3H R 2BB 4K ND in the 2-1 win over the Red Sox) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.7 for the season.
Verlander now has 142.0 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 27th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He passes Jake Peavy (141.8) on the “all-time” list and now trails 26th-ranked player, Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels (144.0).
Streaks—Two players extended their streaks of 10 or more consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Monday:
- Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has now earned Box-Toppers points for 12 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 3-2 win over the Dodgers (6IP 4H R BB 7K ND). Lester earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Red Sox and has 144.2 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 25th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He passes Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels (144.0) on the “all-time” list. He now trails 24th-ranked player Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (144.9). Lester also rises to eighth among active players in career Box-Toppers points. Lester’s best season was 2010 with the Red Sox when he led all players with 23.4 points. In 2016, he was fourth among all players with 22.1.
- Jay Bruce of the Mets has now earned Box-Toppers points for 10 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 4-3 win over the Phillies (2HR 2-3 3R 3BI). Bruce earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2008 with the Reds and has 59.8 career Box-Toppers points, 10th among active NL batters. His best season was 2010 with the Reds when he had 12.7 Box-Toppers points, third among active NL batters. In 2016, he had 8.5 Box-Toppers points, eighth among NL batters.
Debut—Reds pitcher Cody Reed made his Box-Toppers debut Monday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Reed (3IP 0H 0R 0BB 4K ND in the 7-1 win over the Pirates) made his Major League debut June 18, 2016, and was playing in his 12th career game. He is the 3,765th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Pineda earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Moore earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Drew earns 1.5 points for being NL 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.
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Top player from each gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|MLB||14.2||NYY 8, TB 1||Michael Pineda (W,1-1)||-||-||-||-||7.2||2||1||1||0||11|
|9.0||SEA 6, HOU 0||James Paxton (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||2||8|
|NL||8.0||SF 4, ARI 1||Matt Moore (W,1-1)||-||-||-||-||8.0||3||1||1||0||5|
|8.0||OAK 2, KC 0||Jharel Cotton (W,1-1)||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||3||6|
|7.0||`CIN 7, PIT 1||Cody Reed||-||-||-||-||3.0||0||0||0||0||4|
|BAT||6.0||WSH 14, STL 6||Stephen Drew, SS||4||3||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|6.0||`CHC 3, LAD 2||Jon Lester||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||1||1||1||7|
|5.0||NYM 4, PHI 3||Jay Bruce, RF||3||3||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||`DET 2, BOS 1||Justin Verlander||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||1||0||2||4|
|4.0||SD 5, COL 3||Wil Myers, 1B||4||2||4||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
AL—Overall American League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
NL—Overall National League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
BAT—Top AL or NL Batter of the Day, worth 1.5 total Box-Toppers points.
All other players listed here earn Player of the Game honors, worth 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
` 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 (’17). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’16-17), the period 2012-2017 (’12-17) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2017 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2016 total (+/-).
|Player of Game||Pos||Team||’17||’16-17||’12-17||Career||+/-|
|Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||det al||2.7||17.4||62.6||142.0||-12.0|
|Pineda, Michael 2841||pi sp||nyy al||2.0||8.0||24.4||36.1||-4.0|
|Moore, Matt 2975||pi sp||sf nl||1.7||14.1||37.6||39.6||-10.7|
|Drew, Stephen 2210||ss 2b||dc nl||1.5||1.5||17.5||37.5||1.5|
|Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||1.0||23.1||68.6||144.2||-21.1|
|Myers, Wil 3228||1b||sd nl||1.0||10.7||19.2||19.2||-8.7|
|Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||1.0||9.5||26.7||59.8||-7.5|
|Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||1.0||5.4||12.1||12.1||-3.4|
|Cotton, Jharel 3733||pi sp||oak al||1.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||-1.0|
|Reed, Cody 3765||pi mr||cin nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|