Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is Tuesday’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 10:
|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|
Ryu struck out eight over six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 4-0 win over the Athletics.
American League Player of the Day—Mookie Betts of the Red Sox hit a grand slam and doubled twice in the 14-1 win over the Yankees. Betts went 4-for-5, scoring five times and driving in four runs.
National League Batter of the Day—Francisco Cervelli of the Pirates hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4, in the 8-5 win over the Cubs.
American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Tuesday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Mookie Betts.
Streaks—Two players extended streaks of 10 or more consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points after earning their first Player of the Game honor of the season Tuesday:
Box-Toppers season streaksHere are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. Joe Mauer Tuesday extended his streak earning Box-Toppers points to 15 straight seasons, tied for the 24th-longest since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995. It is tied for the third-longest active streak. 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||192.7|
|7||17||Albert Pujols*||dh 1b||2001‑2017||187.8|
|15||16||Andy Pettitte||pi sp||1995‑2010||138.5|
|15||16||Jamie Moyer||pi sp||1995‑2010||104.0|
|15||16||Kevin Millwood||pi sp||1997‑2012||108.3|
|15||16||Derek Lowe||pi sp||1998‑2013||91.5|
|15||16||Mark Buehrle||pi sp||2000‑2015||116.7|
|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 2018.
Joe Mauer has now earned Box-Toppers points for 15 straight seasons (all with the Twins), tied for the third-longest active streak, after earning Player of the Game honors in the 4-1 win over the Astros (2-3 R 2BI). Mauer earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2004 and has 78.1 career points, 57th among all batters since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He ranks sixth among active AL batters. Mauer’s best season was 2008 when he had 9.5 points, eighth among AL batters. In 2017, he had 6.5 points, 26th among AL batters. His 15-season streak earning Box-Toppers points is tied for the 24th-longest since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995 and is tied for the third-longest active streak with Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who earned Box-Toppers points each season from 2003 to 2017. Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and Albert Pujols of the Angels have the longest active streaks of 17 seasons each—both are seeking to extend the streak to 18 in 2018.
Asdrubal Cabrera of the Mets has now earned Box-Toppers points in 12 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 8-6 win over the Marlins (2HR 2-4 2R 2BI). Cabrera earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2007 with the Indians and has 46.7 career points, 15th among active NL batters. His best season was 2011 with the Indians, when he had 14.7 points, first among AL batters. That was an anomalous year because in his second-best season he had more than 10 fewer points—4.5 in both 2008 and 2009. In 2017, he had 3.0 points with the Mets.
Notable—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg now has 106.4 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday (8IP 3H 0R 2BB 8K W in the 4-1 win over the Braves). Strasburg rises to 64th among players in career Box-Toppers points (since 1995, when tracking began), passing two players on the “all-time” list—Aramis Ramirez (105.8) and Frank Thomas (106.2). Strasburg now trails 63rd-ranked player, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (107.7).
Also notable—Andrew McCutchen of the Giants is Box-Toppers’ highest-ranked player among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday. McCutchen (1-3 R 2BI in the 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks) has 2.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, ranked 17th in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
Debut—Padres pitcher Joey Lucchesi made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors.
Lucchesi (6IP 4H 2R BB 8K W in the 5-2 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut March 30 and was playing in his third career game. He is the 3, 3936th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Ryu earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Betts earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Cervelli earns 1.5 points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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||12.0||LAD 4, OAK 0||Hyun‑Jin Ryu (W, 1‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||1||0||0||1||8|
|11.0||WSH 4, ATL 1||Stephen Strasburg (W, 2‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||8.0||3||0||0||2||8|
|AL||9.0||BOS 14, NYY 1||Mookie Betts (RF)||4||5||4||4||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|8.0||TB 6, CHW 5||Blake Snell (W, 1‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||1||1||1||5||10|
|6.0||PHI 6, CIN 1||Aaron Nola (W, 1‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||8.0||3||1||1||3||6|
|5.0||SD 5, COL 2||Joey Lucchesi (W, 1‑0)||‑||‑||‑||‑||6.0||4||2||2||1||8|
|BAT||3.0||PIT 8, CHC 5||Francisco Cervelli (C)||4||1||3||3||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|3.0||LAA 11, TEX 1||Justin Upton (LF)||1||2||1||1||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|3.0||STL 5, MIL 3 (F/11)||Dominic Leone (W, 1‑2)||‑||‑||‑||‑||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||SEA 8, KC 3||Jean Segura (SS)||5||2||3||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|2.0||NYM 8, MIA 6||Asdrubal Cabrera (2B)||4||2||2||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|2.0||MIN 4, HOU 1||Joe Mauer (1B)||3||1||2||2||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|2.0||CLE 2, DET 1||Roberto Perez (C)||2||1||2||1||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
|2.0||TOR 2, BAL 1||Aaron Sanchez (W, 1‑1)||‑||‑||‑||‑||8.0||3||1||1||5||4|
|1.0||SF 5, ARI 4||Andrew McCutchen (RF)||3||1||1||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 (’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||+/‑|
|McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf rf||sf nl||2.0||11.0||41.0||64.9||-7.0|
|Upton, Justin 2411||lf||ana al||2.0||9.5||37.9||60.6||-5.5|
|Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||2.0||7.0||28.1||28.1||-3.0|
|Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||1.7||7.7||18.9||18.9||-4.3|
|Cervelli, Francisco 3387||ca||pit nl||1.5||4.5||10.5||10.5||-1.5|
|Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||1.0||23.5||77.3||106.4||-21.5|
|Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||1.0||16.8||25.5||25.5||-14.8|
|Mauer, Joe 1869||1b||min al||1.0||7.5||21.5||78.1||-5.5|
|Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||1.0||6.0||10.0||10.0||-4.0|
|Cabrera, Asdrubal 2362||2b 3b||nym nl||1.0||4.0||12.5||46.7||-2.0|
|Leone, Dominic 3335||pi cp||stl nl||1.0||3.0||6.0||6.0||-1.0|
|Segura, Jean 3173||ss 2b||sea al||1.0||2.0||13.0||13.0||0.0|
|Perez, Roberto 3379||ca||cle al||1.0||2.0||4.5||4.5||0.0|
|Sanchez, Aaron 3392||pi sp||tor al||1.0||1.0||15.7||15.7||1.0|
|Lucchesi, Joey 3936||pi sp||sd nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||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.