Yankees' Didi Gregorius tops players for Tuesday, April 3; Padres' Villanueva tops NL players

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Didi Gregorius of the Yankees is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Gregorius hit a pair of three-run homers and doubled in the 11-4 win over the Rays. Gregorius also went 4-for-4, scoring three times and driving in eight runs.

This is the first time this season a batter has earned Player of the Day honors. It was done 10 times in the 179 days of the 2017 season.

Tuesday was unusual because batters won both overall Player of the Day honors and National League Player of the Day honors, meaning pitchers earn no bonus Box-Toppers points.

National League Player of the Day—Christian Villanueva of the Padres hit three homers, including a three-run shot, in the 8-4 win over the Rockies. Villanueva also went 3-for-3, scoring four times and driving in five runs.

This was also Villanueva’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Villanueva made his Major League debut Sept. 18, 2017, and was playing in his 14th career game. He is the 3,930th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

AL & NL Batter of the Day—There are no separate league Batter of the Day honorees for Tuesday because both the overall Player of the Day (Gregorius) and NL Player of the Day (Villanueva) are batters.

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 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 158.7
16 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
17 Mike Mussina pi sp retired 155.6
18 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 155.0
19 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 154.4
20 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 153.9
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List of top 100 players since 1995 at the end of the 2017 season.

Streak—Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018.

Hamels (5IP 4H R 3BB 11K W in the 4-1 win over the Athletics) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Phillies and has 154.4 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 19th among all player since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Tuesday, he passes Cubs pitcher Jon Lester (153.9) and now trails 18th-ranked player, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (155.0). Hamels now rises to eighth place in career Box-Toppers points among active players.

Hamels’ best season was 2016 with the Rangers when he had 17.8 Box-Toppers points, sixth among all players.

Notable—Last season’s Box-Toppers Player of the Year, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, earned his first Box-Toppers point of 2018 Tuesday.

Sale (5IP 5H R 0BB 6K ND in the 4-2, 13-inning win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 112.5 career points, rising to 55th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He rises past teammate David Price (111.9) and now trails 54th-ranked player Kevin Brown (112.8).

Sale led all players in 2017 with 25.1 Box-Toppers points.

Rankings—Freddie Freeman of the Braves rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Freeman (HR 2-3 3R 4BI in the 13-6 win over the Nationals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.5 for the season. While that’s the same point total as Paul DeJong of the Cardinals, DeJong is deemed the overall leader and ranks ahead because he had more 2017 points than Freeman (4.5 vs. 3.0).

Freeman is one of three players Tuesday who earned Player of the Game honors for the second time in the 2018 season. The season is six days old. The others who did it Tuesday: Mariners closing pitcher Edwin Diaz and Christian Yelich of the Brewers. They join DeJong, who was the first player to earn Player of the Game honors twice for the season on Monday.

Scoring—Gregorius earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Villanueva earns 1.7 points for being NL Player 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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
 
4/3 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 NYY 11, TB 4 Didi Gregorius (SS) 4 3 4 8
NL 9.0 SD 8, COL 4 Christian Villanueva (3B) 3 4 3 5
9.0 KC 1, DET 0 Jakob Junis (W, 1‑0) 7.0 3 0 0 1 6
8.0 `NYM 2, PHI 0 Matt Harvey 5.0 1 0 0 1 5
7.0 TEX 4, OAK 1 Cole Hamels (W, 1‑1) 5.0 4 1 1 3 11
6.0 HOU 10, BAL 6 Josh Reddick (RF‑LF) 4 2 2 6
6.0 ATL 13, WSH 6 Freddie Freeman (1B) 3 3 2 4
5.2 LAA 13, CLE 2 Garrett Richards (W, 1‑0) 5.2 1 2 2 4 9
5.0 TOR 14, CHW 5 Aledmys Diaz (SS) 3 2 3 3
4.0 `BOS 4, MIA 2 (F/13) Chris Sale 5.0 5 1 1 0 6
3.0 ARI 6, LAD 1 Zack Godley (W, 1‑0) 7.0 4 1 1 1 3
3.0 SEA 6, SF 4 Edwin Diaz (S, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.0 MIL 5, STL 4 Christian Yelich (RF) 5 2 3 2
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 +/‑
Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 2.5 5.5 35.2 44.2 -0.5
Diaz, Edwin 3690 pi cp sea al 2.0 11.0 18.0 18.0 -7.0
Yelich, Christian 3334 lf rf mil nl 2.0 7.0 22.5 22.5 -3.0
Gregorius, Didi 3184 ss nyy al 2.0 4.0 10.5 10.5 0.0
Villanueva, Christian 3930 3b sd nl 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 1.0 26.1 91.8 112.5 -24.1
Godley, Zack 3538 pi sp ari nl 1.0 12.0 16.7 16.7 -10.0
Hamels, Cole 2135 pi sp tex al 1.0 10.4 66.4 154.4 -8.4
Reddick, Josh 2936 rf lf hou al 1.0 9.0 28.7 33.4 -7.0
Junis, Jake 3857 pi sp mr kc al 1.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 -2.0
Diaz, Aledmys 3612 ss tor al 1.0 2.0 7.5 7.5 0.0
Harvey, Matt 3075 pi sp nym nl 1.0 2.0 35.4 38.4 0.0
Richards, Garrett 3042 pi sp ana al 1.0 2.0 33.4 35.4 0.0
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