Nationals' Max Scherzer tops players for Thursday, May 4, rises to 3rd in Box-Toppers player rankings

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to third in season player rankings.

Scherzer struck out 11 over seven innings, allowing one run and two hits, in the 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of May 4:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 6.7
2 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 6.7
3 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.0
4 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 6.0
5 Kimbrel, Craig 2825 pi cp bos al 5.0
6 Nova, Ivan 2796 pi sp pit nl 5.0
7 Vargas, Jason 2055 pi sp kc al 5.0
8 Holland, Greg 2906 pi cp col nl 5.0
9 Judge, Aaron 3767 rf nyy al 5.0
10 Keuchel, Dallas 3050 pi sp hou al 4.4
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Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, rising to third in player rankings, first among National League pitchers, passing previous leader, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Though Scherzer and Kershaw both have 6.0 points on the season, Scherzer ranks ahead because he had more 2016 Box-Toppers points—25.7 vs. 24.4. Scherzer led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2016; Kershaw was second.

Scherzer also now has 137.7 career Box-Toppers points, ranked 30th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 29th-ranked player Andy Pettitte (138.5).

American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Matt Andriese pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and allowing five hits, in the 5-1 win over the Marlins.

American League Batter of the Day—Ben Gamel of the Mariners doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 11-3 win over the Angels.

This was Gamel’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Gamel made his Major League debut May 6, 2016, and was playing in his 41st career game. He is the 3,784th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

National League Batter of the Day—Joey Votto of the Reds doubled twice and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 4-2 win over the Pirates.

Debut—Keon Broxton of the Brewers made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday with his first career Player of the Game honor. Broxton (HR 2B 4-5 R 2BI in the 5-4 win over the Cardinals) made his Major League debut Sept. 21, 2015, and was playing in his 107th career game. He is the 3,785th 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 Andriese earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Gamel and Votto 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.

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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score 

5/4 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 12.0 WSH 4, ARI 2 Max Scherzer (W,4-2) - - - - 7.0 2 1 1 2 11
AL 7.0 TB 5, MIA 1 Matt Andriese (W,2-1) - - - - 7.0 5 0 0 3 8
6.2 CHW 8, KC 3 Derek Holland (W,3-2) - - - - 6.2 3 2 1 1 7
BAT 5.0 SEA 11, LAA 3 Ben Gamel, RF 3 3 3 2 - - - - - -
4.0 BAL 8, BOS 3 Seth Smith, RF 4 2 4 2 - - - - - -
4.0 OAK 8, MIN 5 Jharel Cotton (W,3-3) - - - - 6.0 3 3 2 3 9
3.1 `COL 3, SD 2 (F/11) Kyle Freeland - - - - 6.1 3 1 1 2 4
BAT 3.0 CIN 4, PIT 2 Joey Votto, 1B 3 2 2 2 - - - - - -
2.0 MIL 5, STL 4 Keon Broxton, CF 5 1 4 2 - - - - - -
2.0 TEX 10, HOU 4 Joey Gallo, 3B 5 2 2 3 - - - - - -
2.0 CHC 5, PHI 4 (F/13) Koji Uehara (W,1-2) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
MLB—Overall Box-Toppers Player of the Day, worth 2.0 total Box-Toppers points.
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 players

Here 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 +/-
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.0 31.7 109.9 137.7 -19.7
Gallo, Joey 3485 3b tex al 4.0 4.0 5.5 5.5 4.0
Holland, Derek 2634 pi sp chi al 3.0 7.0 29.1 48.8 -1.0
Andriese, Matt 3505 pi sp mr tb al 2.7 4.7 7.7 7.7 0.7
Smith, Seth 2489 rf bal al 2.0 7.0 19.5 40.2 -3.0
Cotton, Jharel 3733 pi sp oak al 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Freeland, Kyle 3763 pi sp col nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Votto, Joey 2366 1b cin nl 1.5 12.0 26.7 65.7 -9.0
Gamel, Ben 3784 rf sea al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Uehara, Koji 2802 pi cp chi nl 1.0 5.0 25.0 31.0 -3.0
Broxton, Keon 3785 cf mil nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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