Yankees' Luis Severino tops players in Thursday, March 29's opening day games

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Yankees pitcher Luis Severino is Thursday’s opening day Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Severino struck out seven over 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three walks, in the 6-1 win over the Blue Jays.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 206.8
4 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
5 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 192.7
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 187.8
7 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
8 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 176.2
9 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 172.4
10 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
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 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 156.7
17 Mike Mussina pi sp retired 155.6
18 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 155.0
19 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 153.9
20 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 153.4
BTP: Box-Toppers points

Severino had the day’s high Box-Toppers game score of +8.2. Also in the game, making his regular season Yankees debut, Giancarlo Stanton hit two homers and doubled, going 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in four runs. But he had a Box-Toppers game score less than Severino’s, +5.0, and so did not earn Player of the Game.

Severino earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and takes the very early lead in Box-Toppers player rankings. In 2017, Severino had 21.1 Box-Toppers points, seventh among all players and fourth among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson struck out six over six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three walks, in the 2-1, 12-inning win over the Padres. Anderson did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because after he exited, the Padres tied the game.

American League Batter of the Day—Matt Davidson of the White Sox hit three home runs, including a three-run homer, in the 14-7 win over the Royals. Davidson went 3-for-4, scoring four times and driving in five runs.

National League Batter of the Day—Freddie Freeman homered and went 1-for-2, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 8-5 win over the Phillies.

Streaks—Two players Thursday extended streaks of 10 or more straight seasons earning Box-Toppers points:

  • Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has now earned Box-Toppers points in 14 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 2-1 win over the Indians (5.1IP 2H 0R 2BB 4K W). Hernandez earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2005 with the Mariners and has 172.4 career points, ninth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails eighth-place player Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke (176.2). Hernandez’s best season was 2014 with the Mariners when he had 20.8 Box-Toppers points, third among AL pitchers. Hernandez is the highest-ranked player Box-Toppers career points (ranked ninth) who has never led his league category (AL pitching) in Box-Toppers points during a season. Hernandez ranks fifth among active players in career Box-Toppers points.
  • Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has now earned Box-Toppers points for 13 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 4-1 win over the Rangers (6IP 4H 0R 2BB 5K W). Verlander earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Tigers and has 155.0 career Box-Toppers points, 18th among all players since 1995 when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 17th-ranked player Mike Mussina (155.6). Verlander’s best seasons were 2011 (24.4 points) and 2012 (24.8), both with the Tigers, when he led all AL pitchers. Verlander ranks seventh among active players in career Box-Toppers points.

Scoring—Severino earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Anderson earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Davidson and Freeman 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 (BTG)
 
3/29 BTG Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 8.2 NYY 6, TOR 1 Luis Severino (W, 1‑0) 5.2 1 0 0 3 7
BAT 8.0 CHW 14, KC 7 Matt Davidson (DH) 4 4 3 5
8.0 `BAL 3, MIN 2 (F/11) Dylan Bundy 7.0 5 0 0 1 7
NL 8.0 `MIL 2, SD 1 (F/12) Chase Anderson 6.0 1 0 0 3 6
5.1 SEA 2, CLE 1 Felix Hernandez (W, 1‑0) 5.1 2 0 0 2 4
5.0 HOU 4, TEX 1 Justin Verlander (W, 1‑0) 6.0 4 0 0 2 5
BAT 4.0 ATL 8, PHI 5 Freddie Freeman (1B) 2 3 1 2
2.0 OAK 6, LAA 5 (F/11) Khris Davis (DH) 5 1 2 4
2.0 NYM 9, STL 4 Amed Rosario SS 4 2 2 2
2.0 TB 6, BOS 4 Denard Span (LF) 3 1 1 3
2.0 CHC 8, MIA 4 Tommy La Stella PH 1 0 1 2
2.0 SF 1, LAD 0 Ty Blach (W, 1‑0) 5.0 3 0 0 3 3
1.2 ARI 8, COL 2 Patrick Corbin (W, 1‑0) 5.2 7 2 2 1 8
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 (’18). also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’17-18), the period 2013-2018 (’13-18) and each players’ career point total. also shown is how their 2018 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2017 total (+/-).
 
Player of the Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 2.0 23.1 28.1 28.1 -19.1
Anderson, Chase 3328 pi sp mil nl 1.7 12.1 28.1 28.1 -8.7
Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 1.5 4.5 34.2 43.2 -1.5
Davidson, Matt 3292 dh 3b chi al 1.5 4.5 6.5 6.5 -1.5
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 1.0 15.7 50.8 155.0 -13.7
Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 1.0 10.7 37.2 43.2 -8.7
Bundy, Dylan 3655 pi sp bal al 1.0 10.4 16.4 16.4 -8.4
Davis, Khris 3242 dh lf oak al 1.0 5.5 22.2 22.2 -3.5
Span, Denard 2502 lf cf tb al 1.0 4.0 11.0 29.7 -2.0
Hernandez, Felix 2064 pi sp sea al 1.0 3.7 64.7 172.4 -1.7
Blach, Ty 3754 pi sp sf nl 1.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 -1.0
Rosario, Amed 3879 ss nym nl 1.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 -1.0
LaStella, Tommy 3367 3b 2b ph chi nl 1.0 1.0 5.0 5.0 1.0
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