Nationals’ Max Scherzer tops players for Tuesday, Sept. 25, regains season player rankings lead

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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and regains the lead in season player rankings in his final start of 2018, passing Rays pitcher Blake Snell.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Sept. 25:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 25.1
2 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 24.5
3 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 22.1
4 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 21.7
5 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1
6 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 19.1
7 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 18.8
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.0
9 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 17.7
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
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Meanwhile, Christian Yelich of the Brewers rises to first place among National League batters in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning NL Batter of the Day honors, passing previous leader Javier Baez of the Cubs.

Player of the Day—Scherzer struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing one run, five hits and no walks, in the 9-4 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 Severino nyy al 7.7
5/1 Max Scherzer dc nl 7.7
5/2 Luis Severino nyy al 9.7
5/11 Max Scherzer dc nl 11.4
6/4 Luis Severino nyy al 13.7
6/5 Max Scherzer dc nl 15.4
7/1 Luis Severino nyy al 16.7
7/27 Max Scherzer dc nl 18.4
8/12 Chris Sale bos al 20.1
8/17 Max Scherzer dc nl 21.1
9/23 Blake Snell tb al 24.5
9/25 Max Scherzer dc nl 25.1
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Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 25.1 for the season, rising from second to first in Box-Toppers season player rankings, passing Snell (24.5), who only took the lead for the first time this season on Sunday.

Scherzer needed at least 1.5 points Tuesday to have a chance to finish the season leading in Box-Toppers season player rankings. However, Snell still has a chance to regain the lead for good and win Box-Toppers Player of the Year honors for 2018. If Snell earns at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point in his start scheduled for Saturday, he would pass Scherzer. If not, Scherzer would win his second Box-Toppers Player of the Year honor—he led all players in 2016 with 25.7 points.

Scherzer became the first player this season to reach 25 Box-Toppers points, reaching the milestone for the third straight season. Only Randy Johnson has a longer streak with 25 or more Box-Toppers points per season—Johnson did it five times from 1998 to 2002 (Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995). Scherzer had 25.7 points in 2016 (first among all players) and 25.0 points in 2017 (second among all players).

Best seasons

Here are all players who have earned 25 or more Box-Toppers points in a single season since 1995, ranked by their single-season Box-Toppers point total. When Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer reached 25.1 points Tuesday, it marked the 26th time a player reached 25 points in a season. Scherzer's 25.1 points for 2018 now ranks tied for 24th-best for a single season.
 
Player Team Pos Year BTP
1 Randy Johnson Dbacks pi sp 2000 33.7
1 Randy Johnson Dbacks pi sp 2002 33.7
3 Pedro Martinez Red Sox pi sp 2000 33.5
4 Randy Johnson Dbacks pi sp 1999 31.5
4 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers pi sp 2014 31.5
6 Pedro Martinez Red Sox pi sp 1999 31.4
7 Randy Johnson Dbacks pi sp 2001 29.4
8 Jake Arrieta Cubs pi sp 2015 29.1
9 Pedro Martinez Red Sox pi sp 2002 28.8
10 Curt Schilling Dbacks pi sp 2002 28.4
11 Roger Clemens Blue Jays pi sp 1997 27.4
12 Johan Santana Twins pi sp 2004 26.8
13 Pedro Martinez Expos pi sp 1997 26.7
13 CC Sabathia Indians/Brewers pi sp 2008 26.7
15 Randy Johnson Mariners/Astros pi sp 1998 26.4
16 John Smoltz Braves pi sp 1996 26.1
16 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers pi sp 2011 26.1
18 Roger Clemens Blue Jays pi sp 1998 25.8
18 Corey Kluber Indians pi sp 2014 25.8
20 Johan Santana Twins pi sp 2006 25.7
20 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers pi sp 2015 25.7
20 Max Scherzer Nationals pi sp 2016 25.7
23 Cliff Lee Phillies pi sp 2011 25.4
24 Chris Sale Red Sox pi sp 2017 25.1
24 * Max Scherzer Nationals pi sp 2018 25.1
26 Max Scherzer Nationals pi sp 2017 25.0
* Current season

This is the 26th time in Box-Toppers’ 24 seasons of player tracking that a player has reached 25 points in a season. Scherzer’s 25.1 points in 2018 now ranks tied for 24th for the highest single-season point total in a season (Chris Sale of the Red Sox led all players in 2017 with 25.1 points.)

Scherzer’s rise to lead Box-Toppers season player rankings marks the 23rd time this season there has been a lead change in season player rankings, most since 2013, when there were 26 lead changes. It is the 10th time this season Scherzer has held the lead.

Scherzer will lead all NL players in Box-Toppers points for 2018 for the third straight season. He currently has a 6.0-point lead over second-place NL player, Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola (19.1).

Scherzer also now has 181.8 career Box-Toppers points, ninth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails eighth-ranked player Alex Rodriguez (187.0). Scherzer ranks fifth among active players in career points.

American League Player of the Day—Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker struck out seven over five innings, allowing one run, four hits and no walks, in the 4-1 win over the Rangers. Shoemaker did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Angels trailed when he exited.

National League Batter of the Day—Christian Yelich of the Brewers homered, tripled and went 2-for-6, scoring once and driving in six runs, in the 12-4 win over the Cardinals.

Yelich earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 10.5 for the season, rising to lead NL batters, passing previous leader Javier Baez of the Cubs (10.0).

Yelich becomes the 49th player with 10 or more Box-Toppers points this season, but just the fourth batter. The fewest batters to reach 10 points in a season is five in 2014.

Though Yelich now leads all NL batters, his current point total would still set the record for the lowest Box-Toppers point to lead a category for a season in Box-Toppers’ 24-year tracking history. His 10.5 points is below the record-low 10.7 points Nolan Arenado of the Rockies had in 2016 to lead NL batters.

This is Yelich’s first season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. His previous high was 2014 with the Marlins when he had 7.5 points, ninth among NL batters.

This is the second time in three days Yelich has earned NL Batter of the Day honors. He also did it Sunday. That means Yelich has earned 3.0 of his 10.5 Box-Toppers points in the past three days. Additionally, he has earned 4.0 points in the past nine days and 5.5 points—more than half his season total—in the past month.

American League Batter of the Day—Gary Sanchez of the Yankees homered and went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in four runs, in the 9-2 win over the Rays.

Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Tuesday, each with their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • White Sox pitcher Caleb Frare (1.2IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K ND in the 5-4 win over the Indians) made his Major League debut Sept. 2 and was playing in his 10th career game.

  • Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull (6IP 6H R BB 5K ND in the 4-2 win over the Twins) made his Major League debut Sept. 14 and was playing in his third career game. 

Scoring—Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Shoemaker earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Yelich and Sanchez 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)

9/25 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 WSH 9, MIA 4 Max Scherzer (W, 18‑7) 7.0 5 1 1 0 10
+9.0 PIT 6, CHC 0 Chris Archer (W, 6‑8) 6.0 4 0 0 2 9
AL +6.0 `LAA 4, TEX 1 Matt Shoemaker 5.0 4 1 1 0 7
+3.2 `CHW 5, CLE 4 Caleb Frare 1.2 0 0 0 0 2
BAT +3.0 MIL 12, STL 4 Christian Yelich RF‑LF 6 1 2 6
+3.0 COL 10, PHI 3 David Dahl RF‑CF 5 1 3 4
BAT +3.0 NYY 9, TB 2 Gary Sanchez C 4 1 2 4
+3.0 SEA 10, OAK 8 (F/11) Chris Herrmann PH 1 1 1 2
+2.0 ATL 7, NYM 3 Kurt Suzuki C 4 2 2 2
+2.0 ARI 4, LAD 3 Eduardo Escobar PH‑3B 1 1 1 1
+2.0 `DET 4, MIN 2 Spencer Turnbull 6.0 6 1 1 1 5
+1.0 SF 5, SD 4 (F/12) Hunter Pence RF 5 3 2 1
+1.0 KC 4, CIN 3 Ryan O'Hearn 1B 4 1 2 2
+1.0 HOU 4, TOR 1 Josh James (W, 2‑0) 5.0 4 1 1 1 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 25.1 50.1 137.0 181.8 +0.1
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 10.5 15.5 31.0 31.0 +5.5
Archer, Chris 3194 pi sp pit nl 5.7 13.7 62.8 62.8 -2.3
Sanchez, Gary 3701 ca nyy al 5.5 9.0 13.5 13.5 +2.0
Escobar, Eduardo 3135 3b ari nl 4.5 8.2 19.9 19.9 +0.8
Dahl, David 3714 rf cf col nl 3.5 3.5 4.5 4.5 +3.5
James, Josh 4059 pi sp hou al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Shoemaker, Matt 3290 pi sp ana al 2.7 5.7 31.1 31.1 -0.3
Suzuki, Kurt 2344 ca atl nl 2.0 7.5 18.0 39.5 -3.5
Pence, Hunter 2287 rf ph sf nl 2.0 5.5 20.0 57.7 -1.5
O’Hearn, Ryan 4043 dh 1b kc al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Herrmann, Chris 3196 ca ph sea al 1.0 3.0 8.5 8.5 -1.0
Frare, Caleb 4085 pi mr chi al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Turnbull, Spencer 4086 pi sp det al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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