Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, maintaining his spot in second place in season player rankings and rising to 20th in career points on Box-Toppers “all-time” list.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of July 15:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||21.1|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||19.0|
|3||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||13.1|
|4||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||13.0|
|5||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||12.4|
|6||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||11.4|
|7||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||11.4|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||10.4|
|9||Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||10.0|
|10||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||9.7|
Also Saturday, Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood rises to fourth in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Jay Bruce of the Mets retakes the lead among National League batters in Box-Toppers points after he earns Player of the Game honors.
Player of the Day—Scherzer struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and four walks, in the 10-7 win over the Reds.
Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 19.0 for the season. He remains in second place in Box-Toppers points, behind Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (21.1), who also leads all NL pitchers.
Scherzer now has 150.7 career Box-Toppers points and rises to 20th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Saturday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Chipper Jones (149.0) and Cubs pitcher Jon Lester (149.2). He now trails 19th-ranked player, Twins pitcher Bartolo Colon (151.2). Scherzer is the 20th player to reach 150 career Box-Toppers points.
All-time leadersHere are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
|1||Randy Johnson||pi sp||retired||278.8|
|2||Pedro Martinez||pi sp||retired||244.8|
|3||Clayton Kershaw||pi sp||lad nl||204.8|
|4||Curt Schilling||pi sp||retired||194.1|
|5||CC Sabathia||pi sp||nyy al||190.0|
|7||Albert Pujols||1b dh||ana al||184.3|
|8||Felix Hernandez||pi sp||sea al||171.4|
|9||Roy Halladay||pi sp||retired||170.7|
|10||Zack Greinke||pi sp||ari nl||167.5|
|11||Manny Ramirez||lf dh||retired||167.2|
|12||Johan Santana||pi sp||free agent||166.6|
|13||Roger Clemens||pi sp||retired||164.8|
|14||John Smoltz||pi sp||retired||160.9|
|15||Tim Hudson||pi sp||retired||157.0|
|16||Mike Mussina||pi sp||retired||155.6|
|18||Greg Maddux||pi sp||retired||151.7|
|19||Bartolo Colon||pi sp||min al||151.2|
|20||Max Scherzer||pi sp||dc nl||150.7|
List of top 100 players since 1995 at the close of the 2016 season.
Passing Lester, Scherzer is now seventh among active players in career Box-Toppers points, sixth among active pitchers.
American League Player of the Day—Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out five and allowing four hits and one walk, in the 1-0 win over the Royals. Hamels picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the game was in a scoreless tie when he exited.
Hamels earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 148.7 career points, rising to 23rd place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Saturday, he passes Javier Vazquez (148.3) on the “all-time” list and now trails 22nd-ranked player Chipper Jones (149.0).
Hamels has 4.7 Box-Toppers points on the season, 25th among AL pitchers.
American League Batter of the Day—Matt Chapman of the Athletics hit two home runs and doubled in the 5-3 win over the Indians. Chapman went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in two runs.
This was Chapman’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Chapman made his Major League debut June 15 and was playing in his 13th career game. He is the 3,849th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
National League Batter of the Day—Lane Adams of the Braves hit a pinch-hit, sixth-inning, three-run double in the 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks.
This was Adam’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Adams made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 2014, and was playing in his 39th career game. He is the 3,850th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Rankings—Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.
Wood (6IP 3H 0R BB 4K W in the 7-1 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.0 for the season. He ranks third among NL pitchers, behind Kershaw (21.1) and Scherzer (19.0).
Notable—Jay Bruce of the Mets regains the season Box-Toppers points lead among NL batters after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.
Bruce (HR 1-4 2R 3BI in the 9-3 win over the Rockies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.0 for the season. He passes previous leader Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (7.7). Bruce ranks 19th among all players in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
Debut—Jabari Blash of the Padres also made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors.
Blash (HR 2-4 2R 2BI in the 5-3 win over the Giants) made his Major League debut April, 4, 2016, and was playing in his 54th career game. He is the 3,851st 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. Chapman and Adams each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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
|7/15||Score||Game||Player of the Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||9.0||WSH 10, CIN 7||Max Scherzer (W, 11-5)||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||0||0||4||10|
|AL||7.2||`TEX 1, KC 0||Cole Hamels||-||-||-||-||7.2||4||0||0||1||5|
|6.2||`MIL 3, PHI 2||Jimmy Nelson||-||-||-||-||6.2||3||2||2||2||9|
|6.0||DET 11, TOR 1||Michael Fulmer (W, 10-6)||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||1||1||1||3|
|6.0||LAD 7, MIA 1||Alex Wood (W, 11-0)||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||0||0||1||4|
|BAT||5.0||OAK 5, CLE 3||Matt Chapman (3B)||3||3||3||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||`NYY 4, BOS 1 (F/16)||Luis Severino||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||1||2||6|
|BAT||4.0||ATL 8, ARI 5||Lane Adams (PH)||1||1||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||CHC 10, BAL 3||Jason Heyward (RF)||4||2||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.1||`MIN 4, HOU 2||Taylor Rogers (H, 22)||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||1|
|2.0||SD 5, SF 3||Jabari Blash (RF)||4||2||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||NYM 9, COL 3||Jay Bruce (RF)||4||2||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||`SEA 4, CHW 3||Nick Vincent (H, 13)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.1||STL 4, PIT 0||Lance Lynn (W, 8-6)||-||-||-||-||6.1||8||0||0||0||3|
|0.2||TB 6, LAA 3||Alex Cobb (W, 8-6)||-||-||-||-||7.2||6||1||1||3||4|
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||+/-|
|Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||19.0||44.7||122.9||150.7||-6.7|
|Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||13.0||14.0||32.4||32.4||12.0|
|Nelson, Jimmy 3299||pi sp||mil nl||9.0||12.0||22.4||22.4||6.0|
|Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||8.0||16.5||33.7||66.8||-0.5|
|Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||7.7||9.7||12.7||12.7||5.7|
|Lynn, Lance 2992||pi sp||stl nl||6.7||6.7||62.6||62.6||6.7|
|Fulmer, Michael 3640||pi sp||det al||5.7||18.4||18.4||18.4||-7.0|
|Cobb, Alex 2916||pi sp||tb al||5.4||5.4||35.8||36.8||5.4|
|Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||4.7||22.5||73.7||148.7||-13.1|
|Adams, Lane 3850||ph||atl nl||1.5||1.5||1.5||1.5||1.5|
|Chapman, Matt 3849||3b||oak al||1.5||1.5||1.5||1.5||1.5|
|Heyward, Jason 2695||rf||chi nl||1.0||2.0||12.5||19.5||0.0|
|Vincent, Nick 3203||pi mr||sea al||1.0||2.0||5.0||5.0||0.0|
|Rogers, Taylor 3648||pi mr||min al||1.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||0.0|
|Blash, Jabari 3851||rf||sd nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|