Nationals’ Max Scherzer tops players for Tuesday, June 5, regains player rankings lead

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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, regaining top spot in season player rankings and rising to 10th place in career points on Box-Toppers “all-time” points list.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of June 5:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 15.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 13.7
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 10.1
4 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 10.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.0
6 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 9.4
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 9.0
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 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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Also Tuesday, three others earning Player of the Game honors are among the top 10 in Box-Toppers season player rankings—Mariners pitcher James Paxton, Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin and Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.

Player of the Day—Scherzer struck out 13 over eight innings, allowing two runs, five hits and no walks, in the 4-2 win over the Rays.

Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 15.4 for the season, rising from second to first place in season player rankings, passing Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (13.7 points), who only took the lead from Scherzer Monday.

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
6/5 Max Scherzer dc nl 15.4
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Scherzer also now has 172.1 career Box-Toppers points and rises to 10th place in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Tuesday, he passes Roy Halladay (170.7) and now trails ninth-ranked player, Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (174.1). 

Scherzer is now one of six active players in Box-Toppers top 10 career points list. It is the most active players in the career points top 10 list since the end of the 2008 season, when there were eight active players on the list.

Scherzer is the first player to reach 15.0 Box-Toppers points this season. It is the seventh straight season he has earned 15.0 or more points in a season.

This is the 17th lead change in player rankings in 2018 and the second in two days, after Severino took the lead for one day Monday. The last time there were more lead changes in a season was 2013, when there was a new leader 26 times.

American League Player of the Day—Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout, striking out four and allowing one walk, in the 1-0 win over the Royals.

National League Batter of the Day—Freddie Freeman of the Braves homered and hit two doubles, going 4-for-4, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 14-1 win over the Padres.

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 196.7
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 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 172.1
11 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
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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American League Batter of the Day—Eduardo Escobar of the Twins hit a three-run homer and doubled, going 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 4-2 win over the White Sox.

Rankings—In addition to Scherzer, three other players among the top 10 in Box-Toppers season player rankings earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday:

  • Mariners pitcher James Paxton (7.2IP 9H R BB 6K W in the 7-1 win over the Astros) rises from sixth to fourth place in rankings with 10.0 Box-Toppers points. He is the fifth player this season to reach 10.0 Box-Toppers points.
  • Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin (6.1IP 4H R 2BB 7K W in the 3-2 win over the Giants) maintains his seventh place spot in rankings with 9.0 Box-Toppers points.
  • Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (7IP 7H 2R BB 6K W in the 3-2 win over the Brewers) rises to eighth place in rankings with 7.7 Box-Toppers points.

Streak—Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2018 Tuesday.

Gonzalez (HR 3-5 2R 4BI in the 9-6 win over the Reds) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2008 with the Athletics and now has 65.2 career points, eighth among active NL batters. His best year was 2015 with the Rockies when he had 11.5 Box-Toppers points, first among NL batters. In 2017, he had 5.5 Box-Toppers points with the Rockies, 16th among NL outfielders.

Notable—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia now has 196.7 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Sabathia (7IP 3H 2R BB 6K W in the 7-2 win over the Blue Jays) ranks fourth in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails third-ranked player, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (209.8). Sabathia is second among active players in career points, behind Kershaw.

Sabathia has 4.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 22nd among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Heaney earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Freeman and Escobar each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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)

6/5 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 12.0 WSH 4, TB 2 Max Scherzer (W, 10‑1) 8.0 5 2 2 0 13
AL 11.0 LAA 1, KC 0 Andrew Heaney (W, 3‑4) 9.0 1 0 0 1 4
8.0 BOS 6, DET 0 Steven Wright (W, 2‑0) 7.0 2 0 0 3 6
8.0 BAL 2, NYM 1 Alex Cobb (W, 2‑7) 6.0 2 1 1 1 7
8.0 LAD 5, PIT 0 Ross Stripling (W, 4‑1) 5.0 4 0 0 0 7
5.1 ARI 3, SF 2 Patrick Corbin (W, 6‑2) 6.1 4 1 1 2 7
BAT 5.0 ATL 14, SD 1 Freddie Freeman 1B 4 3 4 2
5.0 CLE 3, MIL 2 Corey Kluber (W, 9‑2) 7.0 7 1 1 0 7
5.0 NYY 7, TOR 2 CC Sabathia (W, 3‑1) 7.0 3 2 2 1 6
4.0 COL 9, CIN 6 Carlos Gonzalez RF 5 2 3 4
4.0 TEX 7, OAK 4 Keone Kela (S, 14) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
3.0 CHW 6, MIN 3 Tyler Duffey (W, 1‑1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
2.0 MIA 7, STL 4 Brian Anderson RF 5 1 3 3
BAT 2.0 MIN 4, CHW 2 Eduardo Escobar 3B 4 1 2 3
1.2 SEA 7, HOU 1 James Paxton (W, 5‑1) 7.2 9 1 1 1 6
1.0 PHI 6, CHC 1 Aaron Altherr 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 15.4 40.4 127.3 172.1 -9.6
Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 10.0 23.7 34.8 34.8 -3.7
Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 9.0 18.7 45.2 51.2 -0.7
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 7.7 29.7 95.1 95.1 -14.3
Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 6.5 9.5 39.2 48.2 +3.5
Stripling, Ross 3629 pi sp lad nl 4.7 5.7 10.4 10.4 +3.7
Sabathia, C.C. 1492 pi sp nyy al 4.0 11.7 29.1 196.7 -3.7
Kela, Keone 3789 pi cp tex al 4.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +2.0
Heaney, Andrew 3515 pi sp ana al 3.7 4.7 8.7 8.7 +2.7
Escobar, Eduardo 3135 3b ss min al 3.5 7.2 18.9 18.9 -0.2
Anderson, Brian W. 3954 rf fla nl 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Cobb, Alex 2916 pi sp bal al 1.0 9.4 30.8 40.8 -7.4
Altherr, Aaron 3563 rf phi nl 1.0 8.5 12.0 12.0 -6.5
Gonzalez, Carlos 2460 rf col nl 1.0 6.5 36.0 65.2 -4.5
Duffey, Tyler 3558 pi mr sp min al 1.0 2.0 13.0 13.0 0.0
Wright, Steven 3224 pi sp bos al 1.0 1.0 14.1 14.1 +1.0
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