Nationals’ Max Scherzer tops players for Wednesday, May 30, extends player rankings lead

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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, extending his lead in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of May 30:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 13.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 11.7
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 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 7.7
9 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 7.7
10 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 7.7
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Also Wednesday, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino extends his Box-Toppers points lead among American League pitchers after earning Player of the Game honors. Severino maintains his second place spot in season player rankings.

Player of the Day—Scherzer struck out 12 over eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 2-0 win over the Orioles.

Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 13.4 for the season. He’s 1.7 points ahead of second-place overall player Severino (11.7) and a whopping 5.4 points ahead of second-place National League player, Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin (8.0).

Scherzer now has 170.1 career Box-Toppers points and ranks 11th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 10th-place player Roy Halladay (170.7). Scherzer rank sixth among active players in career points.

American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Corey Kluber struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 9-1 win over the White Sox.

American League Batter of the Day—Jorge Soler of the Royals homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 11-8 win over the Twins.

National League Batter of the Day—Eugenio Suarez of the Reds went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in one run, in the 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Suarez earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 6.5 in 2018 and rising to first place among NL batters in season player rankings, passing previous leader, Brandon Crawford of the Giants (6.0). Suarez ranks 13th among all players and is the highest-ranking batter, just ahead of Mookie Betts of the Red Sox, who ranks 14th overall with 6.2 points, first among AL batters.

Rankings—Yankees pitcher Luis Severino extended his 2018 Box-Toppers points lead among AL players after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Severino (7.0IP 4H 2R BB 11K W in the 5-3 win over the Astros) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.7 for the season. He maintains his second-place ranking among all players behind Scherzer (13.4). And he extends his lead among AL players, ahead of second-place player, Astros pitcher Charlie Morton (10.1).

Notable—Rays pitcher Nathan Eovaldi pitched six no-hit innings and earned Player of the Game honors in the 6-0 win over the Athletics.

Eovaldi (6.0IP 0H 0R BB 4K W) was pulled after 70 pitches. The bullpen gave up one hit. Eovaldi’s Box-Toppers game score of +9.0 was enough to earn Player of the Game, but was the fourth-best game score of Wednesday and third-best among AL players, so he earned no overall or league Player of the Day bonus points.

Also notable—Tigers pitcher Louis Coleman earned his first Box-Toppers point in more than seven years after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Coleman (1.1IP 0H 0R BB 2K W in the 6-1 win over the Angels) last earned Player of the Game honors May 11, 2011, with the Royals. That was his Box-Toppers debut, the only other time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors and he now has 2.0 career points.

Since his debut and since he last earned Player of the Game honors, 1,122 other players have made their Box-Toppers debuts.

Scoring—Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Kluber earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Soler and Suarez each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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)

5/30 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 17.0 WSH 2, BAL 0 Max Scherzer (W, 9‑1) 8.0 2 0 0 1 12
AL 13.0 CLE 9, CHW 1 Corey Kluber (W, 8‑2) 6.0 3 0 0 0 10
9.0 NYY 5, HOU 3 Luis Severino (W, 8‑1) 7.0 4 2 2 1 11
9.0 TB 6, OAK 0 Nathan Eovaldi (W, 1‑0) 6.0 0 0 0 1 4
9.0 `MIL 3, STL 2 Junior Guerra 6.0 4 0 0 0 7
8.0 LAD 8, PHI 2 Ross Stripling (W, 3‑1) 7.0 4 1 1 2 9
5.2 BOS 6, TOR 4 Eduardo Rodriguez (W, 6‑1) 6.2 3 2 2 1 7
4.0 NYM 4, ATL 1 Jason Vargas (W, 2‑3) 5.0 2 0 0 1 2
BAT 3.0 KC 11, MIN 8 Jorge Soler RF 5 2 4 2
3.0 SD 3, MIA 2 Matt Strahm (W, 1‑2) 2.0 0 0 0 0 1
2.1 DET 6, LAA 1 Louis Coleman (W, 2‑0) 1.1 0 0 0 1 2
BAT 2.0 CIN 7, ARI 4 Eugenio Suarez 3B 4 2 3 1
2.0 TEX 7, SEA 6 Nomar Mazara RF 4 2 2 2
1.0 SF 7, COL 4 Pablo Sandoval 2B 2 1 1 1
0.0 PIT 2, CHC 1 Josh Harrison 2B 4 1 2 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 Player of the Game winners. 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 the Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 13.4 38.4 125.3 170.1 -11.6
Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 11.7 32.8 37.8 37.8 -9.4
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 6.7 28.7 94.1 94.1 -15.3
Suarez, Eugenio 3355 3b cin nl 6.5 10.0 24.0 24.0 +3.0
Mazara, Nomar 3614 rf tex al 6.0 11.0 18.0 18.0 +1.0
Rodriguez, Eduardo 3480 pi sp bos al 5.0 13.7 24.4 24.4 -3.7
Stripling, Ross 3629 pi sp lad nl 3.7 4.7 9.4 9.4 +2.7
Guerra, Junior 3633 pi sp mil nl 3.0 3.0 12.0 12.0 +3.0
Vargas, Jason 2055 pi sp nym nl 2.0 13.0 30.7 60.2 -9.0
Harrison, Josh 2947 2b 3b pit nl 2.0 3.0 9.5 11.0 +1.0
Soler, Jorge 3403 rf kc al 1.5 1.5 8.2 8.2 +1.5
Sandoval, Pablo 2524 2b 3b sf nl 1.0 3.0 14.0 33.5 -1.0
Strahm, Matt 3724 pi cp sd nl 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 0.0
Eovaldi, Nathan 2928 pi sp tb al 1.0 1.0 23.1 26.8 +1.0
Coleman, Louis 2860 pi mr det al 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 +1.0
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