Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season as of April 9:
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||3.7|
|2||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||3.0|
|3||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||ari nl||3.0|
|4||Sano, Miguel 3527||3b||min al||3.0|
|5||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||3.0|
|6||Taillon, Jameson 3658||pi sp||pit nl||2.7|
|7||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||hou al||2.7|
|8||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||2.7|
|9||Polanco, Gregory 3361||rf||pit nl||2.5|
|10||Bogaerts, Xander 3383||ss||bos al||2.5|
Also Monday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rises to first place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning National League Player of the Day honors.
Player of the Day—Kluber struck out 13 over eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 2-0 win over the Tigers.
National League Player of the Day—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking none, in the 2-0 win over the Braves.
Scherzer earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 3.7 points for the season, rising to the top spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings, passing previously leader, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (3.0 points). Scherzer previously led player rankings this season from March 30 to April 1.
Scherzer also now has 160.4 career points, ranked 15th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 14th-ranked player John Smoltz (160.9). (Smoltz would have an estimated 255 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked.) Scherzer ranks sixth among active players in career points.
Monday’s top two Player of the Game honorees were also last year’s Cy Young winners—Kluber in the American League and Scherzer in the National League. Kluber barely beat Scherzer Monday for Player of the Day—he had a Box-Toppers game score of +18.0 while Scherzer’s score was +17.0.
American League Batter of the Day—Mallex Smith of the Rays tripled, doubled and went 4-for-4, scoring once and driving in one run, in the 5-4 win over the White Sox.
National League Batter of the Day—Nick Williams of the Phillies hit a go-ahead, eighth-inning, pinch-hit home run, in the 6-5 win over the Reds.
Streak—Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018 Monday.
Happ (6IP 5H R 3BB 9K W in the 7-1 win over the Orioles) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2009 with the Phillies and has 57.9 career Box-Toppers points, 23rd among active AL pitchers. His best season was 2016 with the Blue Jays when he had 14.7 Box-Toppers points, third among AL pitchers. In 2017, he had 5.7 points, 45th among AL pitchers.
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||207.8|
|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|
|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||Max Scherzer||pi sp||dc nl||160.4|
|16||Tim Hudson||pi sp||retired||157.0|
|17||Justin Verlander||pi sp||hou al||156.0|
|18||Mike Mussina||pi sp||retired||155.6|
|19||Jon Lester||pi sp||chi nl||154.9|
|20||Cole Hamels||pi sp||tex al||154.4|
List of top 100 players since 1995 at the end of the 2017 season.
Notable—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander rises to 17th place in career Box-Toppers points since 1995, when tracking began, after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.
Verlander (7IP 4H 0R BB 9K W in the 2-0 win over the Twins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 156.0 career points. He passes Mike Mussina (155.6) on the “all-time” list and now trails 16th-ranked Tim Hudson (157.0). (It should be noted that Mussina would have an estimated 193 career Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1991 were tracked.) Verlander ranks seventh among active players in career points and has 2.0 points on the season, 14th place in season player rankings.
Scoring—Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Scherzer earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Smith and Williams each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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 (BTG)
|MLB||18.0||CLE 2, DET 0||Corey Kluber (W, 1‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||8.0||2||0||0||1||13|
|NL||17.0||WSH 2, ATL 0||Max Scherzer (W, 2‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||9.0||2||0||0||0||10|
|12.0||ARI 2, SF 1||Zack Godley (W, 2‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||4||0||0||0||9|
|11.0||HOU 2, MIN 0||Justin Verlander (W, 2‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||4||0||0||1||9|
|7.0||KC 10, SEA 0||Jakob Junis (W, 2‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||7.0||1||0||0||2||3|
|5.0||TOR 7, BAL 1||J.A. Happ (W, 2‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||5||1||1||3||9|
|4.0||SD 7, COL 6||Brad Hand (S, 3)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|BAT||2.0||TB 5, CHW 4||Mallex Smith (RF)||4||1||4||1||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|2.0||LAA 8, TEX 3||Martin Maldonado (C)||3||1||2||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|BAT||2.0||PHI 6, CIN 5||Nick Williams (PH)||1||1||1||1||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|2.0||NYM 4, MIA 2||Jeurys Familia (S, 5)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||2||0||0||0||3|
|1.0||MIL 5, STL 4 (F/10)||Travis Shaw (3B)||4||3||2||0||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
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 (’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 Game||Pos||Team||’18||’17‑18||’13‑18||Career||+/‑|
|Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||3.7||28.7||115.6||160.4||-21.3|
|Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||2.0||24.0||89.4||89.4||-20.0|
|Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||2.0||16.7||51.8||156.0||-12.7|
|Godley, Zack 3538||pi sp||ari nl||2.0||13.0||17.7||17.7||-9.0|
|Junis, Jake 3857||pi sp mr||kc al||2.0||5.0||5.0||5.0||-1.0|
|Smith, Mallex 3819||rf||tb al||1.5||4.0||4.0||4.0||-1.0|
|Shaw, Travis 3544||3b||mil nl||1.0||9.0||20.2||20.2||-7.0|
|Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||1.0||6.7||41.9||57.9||-4.7|
|Hand, Brad 2907||pi cp||sd nl||1.0||5.7||14.7||15.7||-3.7|
|Maldonado, Martin 3082||ca||ana al||1.0||2.0||6.5||9.5||0.0|
|Williams, Nick 3852||rf ph||phi nl||1.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||0.0|
|Familia, Jeurys 3446||pi cp||nym nl||1.0||1.0||17.0||17.0||1.0|
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.