Angels' Nick Tropeano tops players for Tuesday, May 1; Scherzer regains player rankings lead

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Angels pitcher Nick Tropeano is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Tuesday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer regains the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of May 1:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 7.7
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 7.7
3 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
4 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 7.0
5 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 6.4
6 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 6.0
7 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 5.7
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.4
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7
10 McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 4.7
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Player of the Day—Tropeano pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, two walks and striking out five, in the 3-2 win over the Orioles. Tropeano picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the Orioles tied the game after he exited.

National League Player of the Day—Rockies pitcher Jon Gray struck out six over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Cubs.

American League Batter of the Day—Kendrys Morales of the Blue Jays homered twice and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 7-4, 10-inning win over the Twins.

National League Batter of the Day—Christian Walker of the Diamondbacks hit a pinch-hit home run in the 4-3 win over the Dodgers.

This was Walker’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Walker made his Major League debut Sept. 14, 2014, and was playing in his 38th career game. He is the 3,958th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

2018 lead changes

Here are the season’s lead changes among players in Box-Toppers points. Chart shows the date and the player’s Box-Toppers point (BTP) total when they took the lead.  
 
Date Leader Team BTP
3/29 Luis Severino nyy al 2.0
3/30 Max Scherzer dc nl 2.0
4/02 Paul DeJong stl nl 2.5
4/04 Luis Severino nyy al 3.0
4/09 Max Scherzer dc nl 3.7
4/12 Jose Berrios min al 4.0
4/13 Gerrit Cole hou al 5.0
4/14 Max Scherzer dc nl 5.7
4/18 Jose Berrios min al 6.0
4/20 Max Scherzer dc nl 6.7
4/22 Patrick Corbin ari nl 7.0
4/27 Luis Severinio nyy al 7.7
5/1 Max Scherzer dc nl 7.7
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Rankings—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rises from fourth to first place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Scherzer (6.1IP 3H 2R 2BB 8K W in the 12-4 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.7 for the season, passing previous leader, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino. (While Severino also has 7.7 points on the season, Scherzer ranks ahead because he had more 2017 Box-Toppers points—25.0 vs. 21.1.)

This is the fifth time this season that Scherzer has taken the lead in Box-Toppers player rankings.

Scherzer also now has 164.4 career Box-Toppers points, 14th-most 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.)

Debuts—In addition to Walker, two other players made their Box-Toppers debuts Tuesday with their first career Player of the Game honors:

  • Braves pitcher Mike Soroka (6IP 6H R 0BB 5K W in the 3-2 win over the Mets) was also making his Major League debut. He is the 3,956th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
  • Yankees pitcher Domingo German (4IP 4H 0R BB 4K ND in the 4-0 win over the Astros) made his Major League debut June 11, 2017, and was playing in his 12th career game. He is the 3,957th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Tropeano earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Gray earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Morales and Walker each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
 
5/1 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 8.1 `LAA 3, BAL 2 Nick Tropeano 6.1 1 0 0 2 5
NL 7.0 COL 3, CHC 1 Jon Gray (W, 3‑4) 7.0 3 1 1 1 6
6.0 `SD 3, SF 2 Tyson Ross 6.0 4 1 1 3 9
5.1 WSH 12, PIT 4 Max Scherzer (W, 6‑1) 6.1 3 2 2 2 8
BAT 4.0 TOR 7, MIN 4 (F/10) Kendrys Morales (DH) 3 2 3 2
3.0 DET 2, TB 1 Matthew Boyd (W, 1‑2) 6.0 7 1 1 1 7
3.0 ATL 3, NYM 2 Mike Soroka (W, 1‑0) 6.0 6 1 1 0 5
3.0 `NYY 4, HOU 0 Domingo German 4.0 4 0 0 1 4
3.0 `STL 3, CHW 2 Luke Gregerson 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.2 MIL 7, CIN 6 Jeremy Jeffress (S, 1) 1.2 0 0 0 0 1
BAT 2.0 ARI 4, LAD 3 Christian Walker (PH) 1 1 1 1
1.0 SEA 6, OAK 3 Dee Gordon (CF) 5 1 5 0
1.0 KC 7, BOS 6 (F/13) Jon Jay (RF) 5 1 4 1
1.0 MIA 2, PHI 1 (F/10) Justin Bour (PH‑1B) 2 1 1 1
1.0 TEX 8, CLE 6 (F/12) Alex Claudio (W, 1‑1) 3.0 2 0 0 0 0
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 7.7 32.7 119.6 164.4 -17.3
Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 4.7 9.4 16.4 16.4 0.0
Ross, Tyson 2840 pi sp sd nl 4.0 5.0 23.4 27.4 3.0
Tropeano, Nick 3451 pi sp ana al 3.0 3.0 8.7 8.7 3.0
Boyd, Matthew 3550 pi sp det al 2.0 5.0 12.1 12.1 -1.0
Morales, Kendrys 2142 dh tor al 1.5 8.0 27.7 47.2 -5.0
Walker, Christian 3958 ph ari nl 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Bour, Justin 3433 1b ph fla nl 1.0 6.5 19.0 19.0 -4.5
Jay, Jon 2861 rf kc al 1.0 3.0 11.5 15.0 -1.0
Claudio, Alex 3459 pi cp tex al 1.0 2.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Gordon, Dee 2990 cf 2b sea al 1.0 2.0 8.5 9.5 0.0
Gregerson, Luke 2563 pi mr cp stl nl 1.0 1.0 12.0 19.0 1.0
Jeffress, Jeremy 3473 pi cp mil nl 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 1.0
German, Domingo 3957 pi mr nyy al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Soroka, Mike 3956 pi sp atl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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