Cardinals’ Michael Wacha tops players for Sunday, June 3; Mariners’ Hernandez tops AL players

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Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha 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 June 3:  
 

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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Wacha struck out eight over eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks, in the 5-0 win over the Pirates. Wacha had a no-hitter intact until giving up his first and only hit in the ninth inning.

American League Player of the Day—Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez struck out seven over eight innings, allowing one run, five hits and one walk, in the 2-1 win over the Rays.

Hernandez earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 174.1 career points, ninth-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails eighth-ranked player, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke (180.2). Hernandez ranks fifth among active players in career points.

Hernandez also now has 2.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, 44th among AL pitchers.

American League Batter of the Day—Eddie Rosario of the Twins hit three home runs, including a ninth-inning, two-run, walk-off shot, in the 7-5 win over the Indians. Rosario went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in four runs.

This is the second straight day Rosario has earned Player of the Game honors. He was also Player of the Game in the Twins’ 7-1 win over the Indians on Saturday.

Rosario earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 5.0 for the season, most among the 14 who earned Player of the Game honors Sunday. He is 38th in Box-Toppers season player rankings, fourth among AL batters.

National League Batter of the Day—Hunter Renfroe of the Padres hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam in the fifth inning in the 6-3 win over the Reds.

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 180.2
9 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
10 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
11 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 170.1
12 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
13 Johan Santana pi sp free agent 166.6
14 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
15 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 161.7
16 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
17 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 158.8
18 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 157.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 155.9
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List of top 100 players since 1995 at the end of the 2017 season.

Notable—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester rises to 18th place in career Box-Toppers points since 1995 after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Lester (7IP 2H 0R 3BB 7K W in the 2-0 win over the Mets) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 157.9 career points. He passes Tim Hudson (157.0) on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” list and now trails 17th-ranked player, Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels (158.8). Lester ranks ninth in career points among active players.

Lester has 4.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 29th among NL pitchers.

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

Rodriguez (6IP 5H R 2BB 6K W in the 6-1 win over the Phillies) made his Major League debut May 29 and was playing in his second career game. He is the 3,986th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Rodriguez is the son of Hall-of-Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who played from 1991 to 2011. From 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began, Rodriguez had 79.0 career Box-Toppers points, third among all catchers.

Scoring—Wacha earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hernandez earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Rosario and Renfroe 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)

6/3 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 STL 5, PIT 0 Michael Wacha (W, 7‑1) 8.0 1 0 0 2 8
10.0 ARI 6, MIA 1 Matt Koch (W, 4‑3) 7.0 3 0 0 0 6
9.0 CHC 2, NYM 0 Jon Lester (W, 6‑2) 7.0 2 0 0 3 7
AL 7.0 SEA 2, TB 1 Felix Hernandez (W, 6‑4) 8.0 5 1 1 1 7
7.0 `ATL 4, WSH 2 Anibal Sanchez 7.0 2 2 0 1 5
6.0 TOR 8, DET 4 Aaron Sanchez (W, 3‑5) 6.0 2 1 1 3 7
BAT 5.0 MIN 7, CLE 5 Eddie Rosario LF 5 3 3 4
BAT 5.0 SD 6, CIN 3 Hunter Renfroe PH 1 1 1 4
5.0 LAA 3, TEX 1 Tyler Skaggs (W, 4‑4) 6.0 4 0 0 3 6
4.0 `CHW 6, MIL 1 Dylan Covey 5.0 4 1 0 3 7
3.1 LAD 10, COL 7 Tony Cingrani (W, 1‑2) 1.1 0 0 0 0 2
3.0 BOS 9, HOU 3 Mitch Moreland 1B 4 2 3 2
3.0 SF 6, PHI 1 Dereck Rodriguez (W, 1‑0) 6.0 5 1 1 2 6
3.0 OAK 5, KC 1 Lou Trivino (W, 3‑0) 2.0 0 0 0 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 +/‑
Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf min al 5.0 11.2 15.7 15.7 -1.2
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp chi nl 4.0 14.7 77.9 157.9 -6.7
Wacha, Michael 3276 pi sp stl nl 4.0 11.0 30.7 30.7 -3.0
Moreland, Mitch 2799 1b bos al 3.5 8.5 24.2 27.2 -1.5
Skaggs, Tyler 3183 pi sp ana al 3.0 6.0 18.4 18.4 0.0
Hernandez, Felix 2064 pi sp sea al 2.7 5.4 66.4 174.1 0.0
Sanchez, Anibal 2187 pi sp atl nl 2.7 4.7 30.2 70.0 +0.7
Sanchez, Aaron 3392 pi sp tor al 2.0 2.0 16.7 16.7 +2.0
Covey, Dylan 3974 pi sp chi al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Trivino, Lou 3939 pi cp mr oak al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Renfroe, Hunter 3749 rf ph sd nl 1.5 5.5 8.0 8.0 -2.5
Cingrani, Tony 3158 pi mr cp lad nl 1.0 1.0 10.4 10.4 +1.0
Koch, Matt 3740 pi sp ari nl 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 +1.0
Rodriguez, Dereck 3986 pi sp sf nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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