Royals’ Jason Hammel tops players for Sunday, May 27; Blue Jays’ Happ rises to 9th in player rankings

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Royals pitcher Jason Hammel is Sunday’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 27:  
 

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 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 9.0
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 8.0
8 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 7.7
9 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 7.7
10 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 6.7
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Also Sunday, Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Hammel struck out 10 over 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks, in the 5-3 win over the Rangers.

National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler struck out eight over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and no walks, in the 6-1 win over the Padres.

National League Batter of the Day—Jesus Aguilar of the Brewers hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-7 win over the Mets.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Sunday because no AL batter earned Player of the Game honors.

Rankings—Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ rises from 10th to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Happ (6.2IP 6H 3R 2ER 2BB 8K W in the 5-3 win over the Phillies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.7 for the season. He ranks sixth among AL pitchers.

Notable—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg now has 110.1 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Strasburg (5IP 3H 0R 2BB 8K W in the 5-2 win over the Marlins) rises to 58th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Sunday, he passes Jeff Kent (109.7) on the “all-time” list and now trails 57th-ranked player Tom Glavine (110.6). (It should be noted that if Glavine’s entire career from 1987 were tracked, he’d have an estimated 170 career Box-Toppers points.)

Strasburg ranks sixth among active NL pitchers in career points. He has 4.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 14th among NL pitchers.

Debut—Cubs pitcher Randy Rosario made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Rosario (2.1IP H 0R 2BB 3K W in the 8-3 win over the Giants) made his Major League debut June 2, 2017, and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 3,980th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Hammel earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Buehler earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Aguilar earns 1.5 points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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)

5/27 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 9.1 KC 5, TEX 3 Jason Hammel (W, 2‑5) 5.1 4 0 0 2 10
NL 9.0 LAD 6, SD 1 Walker Buehler (W, 3‑1) 7.0 4 1 1 0 8
8.0 WSH 5, MIA 2 Stephen Strasburg (W, 6‑4) 5.0 3 0 0 2 8
7.2 TB 8, BAL 3 Austin Pruitt (S, 1) 5.2 3 0 0 0 5
7.0 DET 3, CHW 2 Blaine Hardy (W, 1‑0) 7.0 3 1 1 1 6
6.0 ATL 7, BOS 1 Mike Foltynewicz (W, 4‑3) 7.0 3 1 1 3 7
6.0 NYY 3, LAA 1 Masahiro Tanaka (W, 6‑2) 6.0 3 1 1 3 8
6.0 OAK 2, ARI 1 Frankie Montas (W, 1‑0) 6.0 3 1 1 2 7
5.1 `CLE 10, HOU 9 (F/14) Trevor Bauer 7.1 5 4 4 2 13
BAT 5.0 MIL 8, NYM 7 Jesus Aguilar 1B 3 2 2 4
4.0 SEA 3, MIN 1 Mike Leake (W, 5‑3) 8.0 4 1 1 0 2
4.0 COL 8, CIN 2 German Marquez (W, 4‑5) 7.0 5 1 1 2 6
2.1 CHC 8, SF 3 Randy Rosario (W, 1‑0) 2.1 1 0 0 2 3
2.0 STL 6, PIT 4 Jedd Gyorko PH 1 0 1 2
1.2 TOR 5, PHI 3 J.A. Happ (W, 7‑3) 6.2 6 3 2 2 8
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 +/‑
Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 7.7 13.4 48.6 64.6 2.0
Marquez, German 3788 pi sp col nl 5.0 9.7 9.7 9.7 0.3
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 4.7 27.2 81.0 110.1 -17.8
Buehler, Walker 3943 pi sp lad nl 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.4
Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 4.0 13.7 41.2 43.2 -5.7
Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 3.7 15.1 49.9 49.9 -7.7
Foltynewicz, Mike 3455 pi sp atl nl 3.0 7.0 13.7 13.7 -1.0
Hammel, Jason 2235 pi sp kc al 3.0 4.0 38.1 63.2 2.0
Aguilar, Jesus 3787 1b mil nl 2.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 -2.5
Gyorko, Jedd 3164 3b ph stl nl 2.0 4.7 19.9 19.9 -0.7
Leake, Mike 2709 pi sp sea al 1.0 6.7 37.4 51.3 -4.7
Pruitt, Austin 3773 pi cp mr sp  tb al 1.0 6.7 6.7 6.7 -4.7
Montas, Frankie 3803 pi sp oak al 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Hardy, Blaine 3470 pi sp det al 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0
Rosario, Randy 3980 pi mr chi nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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