Padres' Tyson Ross tops players for Friday, April 20; Nationals' Scherzer rises to top player rankings

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Padres pitcher Tyson Ross is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of April 20:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.7
2 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 6.0
3 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 6.0
4 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 5.0
5 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 5.0
6 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 4.4
7 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 3.7
8 Ramirez, Hanley 2119 1b dh bos al 3.5
9 Stratton, Chris 3883 pi sp sf nl 3.4
10 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 3.2
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Also Friday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer reclaims top spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Ross struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run, one hit and three walks, in the 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Ross picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the game was tied, 1-1, when he exited.

American League Player of the Day—Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy struck out nine over six innings, allowing one run, five hits and two walks, in the 3-1 win over the Indians.

National League Batter of the Day—Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 16-5 win over the Rockies.

American League Batter of the Day—Mitch Haniger of the Mariners homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 6-2 win over the Rangers.

Rankings—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer reclaimed first place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Scherzer (6IP 4H R 3BB 9K W in the 5-2 win over the Dodgers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.7 for the season. He passes previous leader, Twins pitcher Jose Berrios (6.0 points). This is the fourth time this season Scherzer has led Box-Toppers season player rankings. He last led from April 14 to 17.

Scherzer also now has 163.4 career Box-Toppers points, 14th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 13th-ranked player Roger Clemens (164.8). (It should be noted that Clemens would have an estimated 320 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1984 were tracked.)

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 209.8
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 177.2
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 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 163.4
15 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
16 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 157.0
17 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
18 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 155.9
19 Mike Mussina pi sp retired 155.6
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 154.9
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Notable—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander rises to 16th place in career Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995 after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.

Verlander (6IP 2H 0R 3BB 5K W in the 10-0 win over the White Sox) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 157.0 career points. He passes Tim Hudson (157.0) on the “all-time” rankings and now trails 15th-ranked player John Smoltz (160.9). (It should be noted Smoltz would have an estimated 255 career points if his entire career from 1988 were tracked). While Verlander and Hudson have the same career Box-Toppers point total, Verlander ranks ahead because he has more 2018 Box-Toppers points (3.0 vs. 0.0).

Debut—JaCoby Jones of the Tigers makes his Box-Toppers debut Friday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Jones (HR 2-4 2R 2BI in the 3-2, 10-inning win over the Royals) made his Major League debut Aug. 30, 2016, and was playing in his 82nd career game. He is the 3,942nd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Ross earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bundy earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Schwarber and Haniger each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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)
 
4/20 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.2 `SD 4, ARI 1 Tyson Ross 7.2 1 1 1 3 10
6.0 WSH 5, LAD 2 Max Scherzer (W, 4‑1) 6.0 4 1 1 3 9
AL 6.0 BAL 3, CLE 1 Dylan Bundy (W, 1‑2) 6.0 5 1 1 2 9
6.0 HOU 10, CHW 0 Justin Verlander (W, 3‑0) 6.0 2 0 0 3 5
BAT 5.0 CHC 16, COL 5 Kyle Schwarber (LF) 4 2 3 4
4.0 MIL 8, MIA 0 Jhoulys Chacin (W, 1‑1) 6.0 4 0 0 3 5
3.0 SF 8, LAA 1 Nick Hundley (C) 3 2 2 2
3.0 KC 3, DET 2 Jakob Junis (W, 3‑1) 8.0 4 2 2 1 4
3.0 NYM 5, ATL 3 (F/12) Robert Gsellman (W, 2‑0) 2.0 1 0 0 1 3
3.0 `PHI 2, PIT 1 Adam Morgan 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.2 `TB 8, MIN 7 (F/10) Chris Archer 6.2 4 2 2 1 5
BAT 2.0 SEA 6, TEX 2 Mitch Haniger (RF) 4 1 3 2
2.0 DET 3, KC 2 (F/10) JaCoby Jones (LF) 4 2 2 2
2.0 BOS 7, OAK 3 Mitch Moreland (1B) 4 1 1 4
2.0 TOR 8, NYY 5 Teoscar Hernandez (LF) 3 1 1 3
0.2 STL 4, CIN 2 Michael Wacha (W, 3‑1) 6.2 6 1 1 1 3
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 Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 6.7 31.7 118.6 163.4 -18.3
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 3.0 17.7 52.8 157.0 -11.7
Junis, Jakob (Jake) 3857 pi sp kc al 3.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 0.0
Ross, Tyson 2840 pi sp sd nl 3.0 4.0 22.4 26.4 2.0
Bundy, Dylan 3655 pi sp bal al 2.7 12.1 18.1 18.1 -6.7
Schwarber, Kyle 3536 lf chi nl 2.5 7.0 12.0 12.0 -2.0
Haniger, MItch 3772 rf sea al 2.5 7.0 7.0 7.0 -2.0
Gsellman, Robert 3748 pi mr sp nym nl 2.0 5.0 6.7 6.7 -1.0
Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp mil nl 1.0 12.4 23.8 40.2 -10.4
Archer, Chris 3194 pi sp tb al 1.0 9.0 58.1 58.1 -7.0
Wacha, Michael 3276 pi sp stl nl 1.0 8.0 27.7 27.7 -6.0
Moreland, Mitch 2799 1b dh ph bos al 1.0 6.0 21.7 24.7 -4.0
Hundley, Nick 2497 ca sf nl 1.0 5.5 15.0 28.0 -3.5
Hernandez, Teoscar 3713 lf tor al 1.0 2.7 4.2 4.2 -0.7
Morgan, Adam 3572 pi mr phi nl 1.0 1.0 4.0 4.0 1.0
Jones, Jacoby 3942 lf det al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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