Giants’ Madison Bumgarner tops players for Thursday, June 21; Nationals’ Scherzer extends player rankings lead

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Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, his first Player of the Day honor in nearly two years.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of June 21:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 14.7
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 12.4
4 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 11.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 11.0
6 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 10.7
7 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
8 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 9.7
9 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 9.7
10 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 9.0
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Also Thursday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer increases his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Bumgarner struck out eight over eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, in the 3-0 win over the Padres.

Bumgarner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 109.7 career points, rising to 59th place among all players in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Thursday, he passes five players on the “all-time” list—Lance Berkman (108.1), Kevin Millwood (108.3), Carlos Beltran (108.6), Billy Wagner (108.7) and Jeff Kent (109.7). He now trails 58th-ranked player Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (110.1).

This was Bumgarner’s first points of the season and matches the 2.0 points he earned in all of his 2017 injury-shortened season. In 2016, he had 13.0 Box-Toppers points, which was his sixth straight season of earning 10 or more points. He last earned overall Player of the Day honors on July 10, 2016. His best season was 2014 with the Giants when he had 22.6 points, third among all players.

American League Player of the Day—Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello struck out five over seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 9-2 win over the Twins.

National League Batter of the Day—Nolan Arenado of the Rockies homered, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in five runs, in the 6-4 win over the Mets.

American League Batter of the Day—Aaron Judge of the Yankees homered and went 1-for-3, scoring once and driving in two runs, in the 4-3 win over the Mariners.

Judge and teammate Miguel Andujar tied for best Box-Toppers game score among Yankees Thursday (+1.0) and had identical line scores (HR 1-3 R 2BI). Judge only edged Andujar out to win Player of the Day honors on a low-level tiebreaker—he left fewer runners on base—two vs. three.

Rankings—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer extends his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Scherzer (7IP 5H 2R BB 9K ND in the 4-2 win over the Orioles) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 16.4 for the season. He leads second-place player, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (14.7 points). He also leads second-place NL pitcher Nick Pivetta of the Phillies (9.7).

Scherzer now has 173.1 career Box-Toppers points, 10th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails ninth-ranked player, Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (174.1). Scherzer joined the “all-time” top 10 list on June 5, the sixth active player among the 10.

Scoring—Bumgarner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Porcello earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Arenado and Judge each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

6/21 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 SF 3, SD 0 Madison Bumgarner (W, 1‑2) 8.0 3 0 0 2 8
AL 10.0 BOS 9, MIN 2 Rick Porcello (W, 9‑3) 7.0 1 0 0 1 5
6.2 LAA 8, TOR 5 Noe Ramirez (W, 3‑3) 2.2 0 0 0 0 4
6.0 `WSH 4, BAL 2 Max Scherzer 7.0 5 2 2 1 9
5.0 MIL 11, STL 3 Brent Suter (W, 8‑4) 7.0 2 2 2 1 5
BAT 4.0 COL 6, NYM 4 Nolan Arenado 3B 4 1 2 5
4.0 CIN 6, CHC 2 Jesse Winker RF 2 1 1 4
2.0 ARI 9, PIT 3 Ketel Marte 2B 5 3 2 2
BAT 1.0 NYY 4, SEA 3 Aaron Judge RF 3 1 1 2
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 16.4 41.4 128.3 173.1 -8.6
Porcello, Rick 2573 pi sp bos al 4.7 7.7 34.4 50.4 +1.7
Judge, Aaron 3767 rf nyy al 4.0 15.2 15.2 15.2 -7.2
Arenado, Nolan 3306 3b col nl 4.0 13.2 33.9 33.9 -5.2
Marte, Ketel 3630 ss 2b ari nl 4.0 4.0 5.0 5.0 +4.0
Suter, Brent 3843 pi sp mil nl 3.0 6.7 6.7 6.7 -0.7
Bumgarner, Madison 2753 pi sp sf nl 2.0 4.0 72.3 109.7 0.0
Ramirez, Noe 3989 pi mr ana al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Winker, Jesse 3988 lf rf ph cin nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
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