Yankees’ Luis Severino tops players for Monday, June 4, rises to lead Box-Toppers player rankings

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Yankees pitcher Luis Severino is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to first place 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 June 4:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 13.7
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 13.4
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 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 7.7
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 7.7
10 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 7.7
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Severino struck out 10 over eight innings, allowing two runs (one earned), four hits and no walks, in the 7-4 win over the Tigers.

Severino earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 13.7 for the season, passing Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (13.4 Box-Toppers points) for first place in season player rankings. Scherzer, who falls to second, still leads among National League players.

This is the 16th Box-Toppers points lead change  of 2018, already more than the 14 lead changes in all of 2017 and as many as in all of 2015. The last time there was this many lead changes in a season was 2013, when there were 26 lead changes.

2018 lead changes

Here are the season’s lead changes among players in Box-Toppers points. Chart shows the date and the player’s Box-Toppers point (BTP) total when they took the lead.  
Date Leader Team BTP
3/29 Luis Severino nyy al 2.0
3/30 Max Scherzer dc nl 2.0
4/02 Paul DeJong stl nl 2.5
4/04 Luis Severino nyy al 3.0
4/09 Max Scherzer dc nl 3.7
4/12 Jose Berrios min al 4.0
4/13 Gerrit Cole hou al 5.0
4/14 Max Scherzer dc nl 5.7
4/18 Jose Berrios min al 6.0
4/20 Max Scherzer dc nl 6.7
4/22 Patrick Corbin ari nl 7.0
4/27 Luis Severinio nyy al 7.7
5/1 Max Scherzer dc nl 7.7
5/2 Luis Severinio nyy al 9.7
5/11 Max Scherzer dc nl 11.4
6/4 Luis Severinio nyy al 13.7
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This is the first lead change since May 11, the longest stretch of the season so far without a lead change. And this is the fifth time Severino has held the lead. He last led from May 2 to May 10.

National League Player of the Day—Rafael Lopez of the Padres homered and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 11-4 win over the Braves.

This was Lopez’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Lopez made his Major League debut Sept. 2, 2014, and was playing in his 61st career game. He is the 3,987th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Lopez had a Box-Toppers game score of +3.0, tied with Pablo Sandoval of the Giants, who was Player of the Game in the 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks with a practically identical line score (HR 3-4 2R 2BI). Lopez had the edge to earn NL Player of the Day over Sandoval on a low-level, rarely-used tiebreaker—he batted lower in his team’s lineup (eighth) than Sandoval batted in his lineup (sixth). But that was the difference between Lopez earning 1.7 Box-Toppers points as NL Player of the Day and Sandoval earning 1.0 point as Player of the Game.

American League Batter of the Day—Mike Trout of the Angels went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 9-6 win over the Royals.

Trout earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 5.5 for the season, rising to third place among AL batters.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Rafael Lopez.

Scoring—Severino earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Lopez earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Trout earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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)

6/4 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 NYY 7, DET 4 Luis Severino (W, 9‑1) 8.0 4 2 1 0 10
BAT 4.0 LAA 9, KC 6 Mike Trout CF 4 3 3 2
NL 3.0 SD 11, ATL 4 Rafael Lopez C 4 2 3 2
3.0 SF 10, ARI 3 Pablo Sandoval 1B 4 2 3 2
3.0 DET 4, NYY 2 Shane Greene (S, 15) 1.0 1 0 0 0 3
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 +/‑
Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 13.7 34.8 39.8 39.8 -7.4
Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 5.5 10.5 47.0 59.5 +0.5
Greene, Shane 3381 pi cp det al 3.0 5.0 18.0 18.0 +1.0
Sandoval, Pablo 2524 2b 1b 3b sf nl 2.0 4.0 15.0 34.5 0.0
Lopez, Rafael 3987 ca sd nl 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.7 +1.7
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