Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of May 29:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||10.7|
|2||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||9.4|
|3||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||8.4|
|4||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||8.0|
|5||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||7.0|
|6||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||6.7|
|7||Judge, Aaron 3767||rf||nyy al||6.5|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||6.4|
|9||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||6.4|
|10||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||6.4|
Also Monday, Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.
Player of the Day—Roark pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing six hits, in the 3-0 win over the Giants.
American League Player of the Day—Carlos Beltran of the Astros hit a three-run homer and went 4-for-5, scoring three times, in the 16-8 win over the Twins.
Beltran earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 107.6 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 59th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Monday, he passes three players on the “all-time” list—Frank Thomas (106.2), Red Sox pitcher David Price (106.2) and Twins pitcher Ervin Santana (106.7), who was the starting opposing pitcher in Beltran’s game Monday. Beltran ranks 19th among all batters in career points since 1995 and fourth among all active batters.
Beltran has 2.7 Box-Toppers points in 2017 and earlier this season tied the record for longest consecutive season streak earning Box-Toppers points at 19 (1999-2017).
Box-Toppers season streaksHere are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. Carlos Beltran has tied Jason Giambi for the longest streak—19 straight seasons. Beltran has earned points each season from 1999 to 2017; Giambi earned points each season from 1995 to 2013. (Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.) Players are listed by length of their streak. Also shown is the duration of their streak and their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total.
|3||18||Jim Thome||1b dh||1995-2012||146.7|
|7||17||Mariano Rivera||pi cp||1995-2011||126.4|
|7||17||Tim Hudson||pi sp||1999-2015||157.0|
|7||17||CC Sabathia*||pi sp||2001-2017||188.0|
|14||16||Andy Pettitte||pi sp||1995-2010||138.5|
|14||16||Jamie Moyer||pi sp||1995-2010||104.0|
|14||16||Kevin Millwood||pi sp||1997-2012||108.3|
|14||16||Derek Lowe||pi sp||1998-2013||91.5|
|14||16||Mark Buehrle||pi sp||2000-2015||116.7|
|14||16||Albert Pujols*||dh 1b||2001-2016||182.3|
|24||15||Randy Johnson||pi sp||1995-2009||278.8|
|24||15||Livan Hernandez||pi sp||1997-2011||76.7|
|24||15||Kyle Lohse||pi sp||2001-2015||89.0|
|24||15||Jake Peavy||pi sp||2002-2016||141.8|
* Active streak of a player active in 2017
Updated Monday, May 29, 2017
National League Batter of the Day—Hunter Renfroe of the Padres hit a grand slam, going 1-for-4, in the 5-2 win over the Cubs.
American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall AL Player of the Day was batter Carlos Beltran.
Rankings—Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.
Carrasco (7IP 4H 2R BB 7K W in the 5-3 win over the Athletics) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.4 for the season. He ranks third among AL pitchers.
Streaks—Two players extended streaks of 10 or more consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points after earning their first Player of the Game honors of the season Monday:
- Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers has now earned Box-Toppers points for 15 straight seasons.
- Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez has now earned Box-Toppers points for 12 straight seasons.
Cabrera (2-3 R 3BI in the 10-7 win over the Royals) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2003 with the Marlins, making his 15-season streak tied (with 14 others) for the 24th-longest streak in Box-Toppers tracking history. It is the fifth-longest currently active streak.
Cabrera has 145.9 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 23rd place among all players since 1995 when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Monday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester (145.2) and David Ortiz (145.9). (While Cabrera and Ortiz both have the same career Box-Toppers point total, Cabrera ranks ahead because he has more 2017 points—1.0 vs. 0.0.) Cabrera now trails 22nd-ranked player Jim Thome (146.7).
Cabrera now has the seventh-most career Box-Toppers points among active players after passing Lester. And he has the seventh-most career points among all batters since 1995, passing Ortiz and trailing sixth-ranked Thome (146.7). Cabrera maintains his second-place rank in career points among active batters, trailing Albert Pujols of the Angels (182.3).
Cabrera’s best season was 2013 with the Tigers when he had 16.9 Box-Toppers points, first among AL batters and eighth among all players. Cabrera also led AL batters in 2009 with the Tigers with 16.5 points, ninth among all players that season. In 2016, Cabrera had 12.0 Box-Toppers points, fourth among AL batters.
Volquez (6IP 3H R 2BB 4K W in the 4-1 win over the Phillies) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Rangers and has 65.2 career points, 19th among active NL pitchers. His best season was 2008 with the Reds when he had 15.1 Box-Toppers points, sixth among NL pitchers. In 2016, he had 6.4 points with the Royals.
Scoring—Roark earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Beltran earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Renfroe 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
|5/29||Score||Game||Player of the Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||6.0||WSH 3, SF 0||Tanner Roark (W,5-2)||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||0||0||1||6|
|AL||5.0||HOU 16, MIN 8||Carlos Beltran, DH||5||3||4||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||TOR 17, CIN 2||Justin Smoak, 1B||5||3||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||CLE 5, OAK 3||Carlos Carrasco (W,5-2)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||2||2||1||7|
|4.0||NYM 4, MIL 2||Robert Gsellman (W,3-3)||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||2||1||2||5|
|4.0||TB 10, TEX 8||Alex Colome (S,14)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|3.0||CHW 5, BOS 4||Melky Cabrera, LF||4||1||2||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||DET 10, KC 7||Miguel Cabrera, 1B||3||1||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||3.0||SD 5, CHC 2||Hunter Renfroe, RF||3||1||1||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||MIA 4, PHI 1||Edinson Volquez (W,1-7)||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||1||1||2||4|
|3.0||`PIT 4, ARI 3||Trevor Williams||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||1||1||0||3|
|3.0||LAD 5, STL 1||Rich Hill (W,2-2)||-||-||-||-||5.0||2||1||1||2||4|
|3.0||BAL 3, NYY 2||Brad Brach (S,10)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|3.0||SEA 6, COL 5||Edwin Diaz (S,9)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||ATL 6, LAA 3||Jim Johnson (S,11)||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||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 the Game||Pos||Team||’17||’16-17||’12-17||Career||+/-|
|Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||6.4||18.8||47.5||52.9||-6.0|
|Roark, Tanner 3261||pi sp||dc nl||4.0||16.7||32.7||32.7||-8.7|
|Colome, Alex 3189||pi cp||tb al||4.0||13.0||21.7||21.7||-5.0|
|Smoak, Justin 2731||1b||tor al||3.5||7.0||20.2||26.4||0.0|
|Johnson, Jim 2417||pi cp||atl nl||3.0||7.0||18.0||24.7||-1.0|
|Cabrera, Melky 2143||lf ph||chi al||3.0||7.0||17.0||33.5||-1.0|
|Renfroe, Hunter 3749||rf||sd nl||3.0||5.5||5.5||5.5||0.5|
|Beltran, Carlos 1194||dh rf||hou al||2.7||8.7||20.9||107.6||-3.3|
|Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||lad nl||2.0||16.4||20.4||40.1||-12.4|
|Diaz, Edwin 3690||pi cp||sea al||2.0||9.0||9.0||9.0||-5.0|
|Williams, Trevor 3792||pi sp||pit nl||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.0|
|Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||1.0||13.0||58.8||145.9||-11.0|
|Volquez, Edinson 2220||pi sp||fla nl||1.0||7.4||37.1||65.2||-5.4|
|Brach, Brad 3374||pi cp mr||bal al||1.0||4.0||8.0||8.0||-2.0|
|Gsellman, Robert 3748||pi sp||nym nl||1.0||2.7||2.7||2.7||-0.7|