Yankees' Domingo German tops players for Sunday, May 6; Scherzer rises to 2nd in player rankings

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Yankees pitcher Domingo German 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 6:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 9.7
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 9.4
3 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 9.0
4 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 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 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 5.2
10 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 4.7
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Also Sunday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rises to second place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning National League Player of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—German struck out nine over six scoreless innings, allowing no hits and two walks, in the 7-4 win over the Indians. German picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the game was in a scoreless tie when he exited.

While German exited pitching a no-hitter after 84 pitches, subsequent Yankees relievers gave up a total of four hits in the final three innings.

National League Player of the Day—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 15 over 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run, five hits and two walks, in the 5-4 win over the Phillies. Scherzer picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because the Phillies took the lead after he exited.

Scherzer earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 9.4 for the season, rising from third to second in season player rankings, just behind overall leader, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (9.7). He maintains his first place ranking among NL pitchers.

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 209.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 195.7
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 187.8
7 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
8 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 178.2
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 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 166.1
14 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
15 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
16 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 158.7
17 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
18 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 155.9
19 Mike Mussina pi sp retired 155.6
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 154.9
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Scherzer also now has 166.1 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 13th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Sunday, he passes Roger Clemens (164.8) on the “all-time” list. (It should be noted that Clemens would have an estimated 320 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1984 were tracked.) Scherzer now trails 12th-ranked player Johan Santana (166.6).

American League Batter of the Day—Mike Trout of the Angels hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 8-2 win over the Mariners.

National League Batter of the Day—A.J. Pollock of the Diamondbacks tripled and went 2-for-3, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 3-1 win over the Astros.

Notable—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale now has 114.5 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Sale (7IP 4H R BB 12K W in the 6-1 win over the Rangers) rises to 50th place among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Sunday, he passes teammate David Price (113.6) on the “all-time” list. Sale now trails 49th-ranked player Josh Beckett (114.9). Sale has 3.0 points on the season, 13th among AL pitchers. Sale led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 25.1.

Debut—Giants pitcher Andrew Suarez made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Suarez (5.1IP 7H R 0ER BB 6K W in the 4-3 win over the Braves) made his Major League debut April 11 and was playing in his third career game. He is the 3,963rd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—German earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Scherzer earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Trout and Pollock (that sounds fishy, but it’s true) each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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)
 
5/6 Score Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 `NYY 7, CLE 4 Domingo German 6.0 0 0 0 2 9
NL 12.1 `WSH 5, PHI 4 Max Scherzer 6.1 5 1 1 2 15
12.0 BOS 6, TEX 1 Chris Sale (W, 3‑1) 7.0 4 1 1 1 12
12.0 OAK 2, BAL 1 Andrew Triggs (W, 3‑1) 7.0 2 1 1 0 9
12.0 PIT 9, MIL 0 Chad Kuhl (W, 4‑2) 7.0 1 0 0 2 8
6.0 COL 3, NYM 2 Kyle Freeland (W, 2‑4) 7.0 4 2 2 1 8
5.0 MIA 8, CIN 5 Nick Wittgren (W, 1‑0) 2.0 1 0 0 0 4
4.0 SD 3, LAD 0 Brad Hand (S, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
BAT 3.0 LAA 8, SEA 2 Mike Trout (CF) 4 1 3 3
2.2 `MIN 5, CHW 3 Kyle Gibson 6.2 4 3 3 2 8
2.1 SF 4, ATL 3 Andrew Suarez (W, 1‑1) 5.1 7 1 0 1 6
BAT 2.0 ARI 3, HOU 1 A.J. Pollock CF 3 1 2 2
2.0 KC 4, DET 2 Mike Moustakas (3B) 3 1 1 3
1.0 `TOR 2, TB 1 Marco Estrada 6.0 4 0 0 4 3
0.0 STL 4, CHC 3 (F/14) Jedd Gyorko (3B) 5 2 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 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 9.4 34.4 121.3 166.1 -15.6
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp sd nl 4.0 8.7 17.7 18.7 -0.7
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 3.0 28.1 93.8 114.5 -22.1
Triggs, Andrew 3723 pi sp oak al 3.0 8.4 9.4 9.4 -2.4
Pollock, A.J. 3142 cf ari nl 3.0 5.5 20.2 20.2 0.5
German, Domingo 3957 pi mr nyy al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Freeland, Kyle 3763 pi sp col nl 2.7 8.7 8.7 8.7 -3.3
Gibson, Kyle 3312 pi sp min al 2.7 4.7 21.7 21.7 0.7
Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 2.5 7.5 44.0 56.5 -2.5
Estrada, Marco 2847 pi sp tor al 2.0 8.0 38.4 51.1 -4.0
Moustakas, Mike 2967 3b kc al 1.0 6.0 20.7 28.2 -4.0
Kuhl, Chad 3687 pi sp pit nl 1.0 5.0 7.0 7.0 -3.0
Gyorko, Jedd 3164 3b stl nl 1.0 3.7 18.9 18.9 -1.7
Wittgren, Nick 3647 pi mr fla nl 1.0 2.0 3.0 3.0 0.0
Suarez, Andrew 3963 pi sp sf nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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