Nationals’ Scherzer tops players for Friday, July 27, regains player rankings lead

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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and regains the lead 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 July 27:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 18.4
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 18.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
5 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.4
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 14.0
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 14.0
8 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 13.4
9 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 12.7
10 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 12.1
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Also Friday, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale maintains his second place ranking in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

Plus, three players in Box-Toppers “all-time” top 10 in career points earned Player of the Game honors Friday—Scherzer, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke.

Player of the Day—Scherzer struck out 11 over eight innings, allowing one run (none earned), three hits and one walk, in the 9-1 win over the Marlins.

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
7/1 Luis Severinio nyy al 16.7
7/27 Max Scherzer dc nl 18.4
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Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 18.4 for the season, rising from third to first in season player rankings. Scherzer regains the lead from Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (16.7 points), who falls to third place overall. This is the eighth time this season Scherzer has led all players in Box-Toppers points. He last led from June 5 to 30, when Severino the took the lead he just relinquished.

Scherzer also now has 175.1 career Box-Toppers points, rising to ninth place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers player tracking began. With his points Friday, he passes Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (174.1) on the “all-time” list and moves into fifth place among all active players. Scherzer trails eighth-ranked player Alex Rodriguez (187.0).

American League Player of the Day—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, in the 4-3, 10-inning win over the Twins. Sale did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Twins tied the game and took the lead after he exited.

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 211.8
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 196.7
5 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 189.3
7 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 188.2
8 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
9 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 175.1
10 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
11 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
12 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 168.4
13 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
14 Johan Santana pi sp free agent 166.6
15 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
16 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
17 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 160.6
18 Cole Hamels pi sp tex al 159.8
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp tex al 155.9
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Sale earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 18.1 for the season. He maintains his second-place spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings—he was passed by Scherzer (18.4 points), who was in third place, but he passes Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (16.7 points), who moves from first to third place. Passing Severino, Sale rises to first place among AL pitchers in 2018 Box-Toppers points.

Sale also now has 129.6 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 34th place among all players since 1995, when player tracking began. With his points Friday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Vladimir Guerrero (128.3) and Trevor Hoffman (129.4). Sale now trails 33rd-ranked player Jason Giambi (133.4).

National League Batter of the Day—David Freese of the Pirates homered and went 3-for-3, scoring once and driving in five runs, in the 5-4 win over the Mets.

American League Batter of the Day—Adam Jones of the Orioles hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 15-5 win over the Rays.

Notable—Three players in Box-Toppers “all-time” top 10 in career points earned Player of the Game honors Friday. In addition to Scherzer, who rose to ninth place:

  • Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (7.2IP 6H R 0BB 8K W in the 4-1 win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 211.8 career points. He ranks third among all players since 1995 and first among active players. He trails second-ranked player Pedro Martinez (244.8). Kershaw now has 5.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 39th among NL pitchers. Kershaw has earned 20 or more Box-Toppers points for seven straight seasons and has finished among the top three players each of those seven seasons.
  • Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke (7IP 6H R 0BB 6K W in the 6-2 win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 188.2 career points. He ranks seventh among all players since 1995 and trails sixth-ranked player Albert Pujols of the Angels (189.3). Greinke has 12.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 11th among all players and third among NL pitchers.

Scoring—Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Sale earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Freese and Jones each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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)

7/27 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +14.0 WSH 9, MIA 1 Max Scherzer (W, 14‑5) 8.0 3 1 0 1 11
AL +11.0 `BOS 4, MIN 3 (F/10) Chris Sale 6.0 3 0 0 2 10
+7.2 LAD 4, ATL 1 Clayton Kershaw (W, 4‑5) 7.2 6 1 1 0 8
BAT +6.0 PIT 5, NYM 4 David Freese 3B‑1B 3 1 3 5
+5.0 ARI 6, SD 2 Zack Greinke (W, 12‑5) 7.0 6 1 1 0 6
+4.1 TEX 11, HOU 2 Yovani Gallardo (W, 5‑1) 5.1 2 0 0 4 5
+4.1 CIN 6, PHI 4 David Hernandez (W, 4‑0) 2.1 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +4.0 BAL 15, TB 5 Adam Jones CF 5 2 3 4
+4.0 STL 5, CHC 2 Paul DeJong SS 3 1 3 3
+4.0 CLE 8, DET 3 Brandon Guyer PH‑RF 1 1 1 3
+3.0 TOR 10, CHW 5 Curtis Granderson RF 2 2 1 2
+3.0 COL 3, OAK 1 Kyle Freeland (W, 9‑6) 6.0 5 0 0 3 5
+3.0 MIL 3, SF 1 Chase Anderson (W, 7‑7) 6.0 4 1 1 0 3
+2.0 LAA 4, SEA 3 (F/10) Kole Calhoun RF 4 1 2 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 +/‑
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 18.4 43.4 130.3 175.1 -6.6
Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 18.1 43.2 108.9 129.6 -7.0
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 12.0 32.1 98.4 188.2 -8.1
Freeland, Kyle 3763 pi sp col nl 5.7 11.7 11.7 11.7 -0.3
Granderson, Curtis 2051 dh rf tor al 5.7 8.9 20.9 74.7 +2.5
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 5.0 28.1 131.4 211.8 -18.1
Anderson, Chase 3328 pi sp mil nl 4.7 15.1 31.1 31.1 -5.7
Jones, Adam 2347 cf bal al 4.0 10.0 36.0 59.5 -2.0
DeJong, Paul 3827 ss stl nl 3.5 8.0 8.0 8.0 -1.0
Calhoun, Kole 3279 rf ana al 3.0 6.5 22.2 22.2 -0.5
Hernandez, David 2649 pi mr cin nl 3.0 3.0 5.0 16.0 +3.0
Freese, David 2710 3b 1b pit nl 2.5 4.5 13.0 28.7 +0.5
Gallardo, Yovani 2333 pi sp tex al 2.0 3.0 28.4 92.7 +1.0
Guyer, Brandon 3363 rf ph cle al 1.0 1.0 5.5 5.5 +1.0
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