Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas tops players for Monday, May 21; Twins' Berrios tops AL players, ranks 5th

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Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas is Monday’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 May 21:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 11.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 10.7
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
4 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.0
5 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 9.4
6 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 7.7
7 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 7.0
8 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
9 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 6.7
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 5.7
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Also Monday, Twins pitcher Jose Berrios maintains his fifth-place ranking in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors. Plus, Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta rises to sixth place in player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Mikolas pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking one, in the 6-0 win over the Royals.

American League Player of the Day—Berrios struck out nine over eight innings, allowing two runs, three hits and two walks, in the 4-2 win over the Tigers.

Berrios earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 9.4 for the season. He maintains his fifth-place ranking in Box-Toppers season player rankings, fourth among AL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—Gleyber Torres of the Yankees hit two homers and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 10-5 win over the Rangers.

This was Torres’ Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Torres made his Major League debut April 22 and was playing in his 25th career game. He is the 3,972nd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

National League Batter of the Day—Mark Reynolds of the Nationals hit two homers and went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 10-2 win over the Padres.

Rankings—Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta rises from eighth to sixth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Pivetta (7IP 4H 0R BB 7K W in the 3-0 win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.7 for the season. He ranks second among NL pitchers, behind overall leader Max Scherzer of the Nationals (11.4 Box-Toppers points).

Streak—Mets pitcher Jason Vargas has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Vargas (5IP 2H 0R BB 7K W in the 2-0 win over the Marlins) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2005 with the Marlins. However, he earned no points in 2006, 2007 and 2008. His 10-season streak began in 2009 with the Mariners. He has 59.2 career Box-Toppers points, 15th among active NL pitchers. His best season was 2017 with the Royals when he had 11.0 Box-Toppers points, 12th among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Mikolas earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Berrios earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Torres and Reynolds 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 game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

5/21 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 STL 6, KC 0 Miles Mikolas (W, 6‑0) 9.0 4 0 0 1 9
9.0 PHI 3, ATL0 Nick Pivetta (W, 4‑2) 7.0 4 0 0 1 7
9.0 NYM 2, MIA 0 Jason Vargas (W, 1‑3) 5.0 2 0 0 1 7
AL 8.0 MIN 4, DET 2 Jose Berrios (W, 5‑4) 8.0 3 2 2 2 9
6.0 COL 2, LAD 1 German Marquez (W, 3‑5) 7.0 2 1 1 2 5
BAT 4.0 NYY 10, TEX 5 Gleyber Torres 2B 3 2 2 3
4.0 `BAL 3, CHW 2 Mychal Givens (H, 3) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
BAT 3.0 WSH 10, SD 2 Mark Reynolds 1B 5 3 3 2
2.0 MIL 4, ARI 2 Corey Knebel (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
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 +/‑
Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 9.4 18.4 18.4 18.4 0.4
Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 7.7 15.7 15.7 15.7 -0.3
Mikolas, Miles 3034 pi sp stl nl 5.0 5.0 6.7 7.7 5.0
Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 4.0 8.7 8.7 8.7 -0.7
Reynolds, Mark 2297 1b dc nl 3.0 8.0 21.0 59.4 -2.0
Knebel, Corey 3757 pi cp mil nl 2.0 8.0 9.0 9.0 -4.0
Torres, Gleyber 3972 2b nyy al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Vargas, Jason 2055 pi sp nym nl 1.0 12.0 29.7 59.2 -10.0
Givens, Mychal 3599 pi mr bal al 1.0 3.0 6.0 6.0 -1.0
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