Dodgers’ Maeda tops players for Wednesday, May 15; Astros’ Verlander extends player rankings lead

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Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of May 15.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 10.1
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 8.0
3 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.2
4 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 7.2
5 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 6.7
6 Eflin, Zach 3679 pi sp phi nl 6.7
7 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 6.7
8 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 6.7
9 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 6.4
10 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 6.0
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Also Wednesday, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander extends his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors. Plus, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader and Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke both rise in player rankings top 10 after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Maeda struck out 12 over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 2-0 win over the Padres.

Maeda earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, 31st among all players and 13th among National League pitchers.

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 217.5
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 201.4
5 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 196.4
6 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
7 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 192.3
8 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 188.2
9 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
10 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 182.8
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
13 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 168.2
14 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 167.6
15 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
16 Johan Santana pi sp retired 166.6
17 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
18 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
19 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
20 Bartolo Colon pi sp free agent 155.9
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American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander struck out 11 over seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and two walks, in the 5-1 win over the Tigers.

Verlander earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 10.1 for the season, extending his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings. He now leads second-place player, Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (8.0), by 2.1 points.

Verlander is the first player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. It is his fourth straight season with 10 or more points and his 11th season with at least 10 points (he’s earned points in 14 seasons).

Verlander also has 188.2 career Box-Toppers points, rising to eighth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Wednesday, he passes Alex Rodriguez (187.0) on the “all-time” list and now trails seventh-ranked player Albert Pujols of the Angels (192.3). Verlander ranks fifth among active players in career points.

National League Batter of the Day—Eugenio Suarez of the Reds homered, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 6-5, 10-inning win over the Cubs.

American League Batter of the Day—J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox homered and went 2-for-4, scoring once and driving in three runs, in the 6-5, 10-inning win over the Rockies.

Martinez edged Ronald Guzman of the Rangers as AL Batter of the Day on a tiebreaker. Guzman, who was Player of the Game in the 6-1 win over the Royals, had the same Box-Toppers game score (+2.0) as Martinez and a similar line score (HR 2-4 R 3BI), but Martinez held the tiebreaking edge because he had more walks (one vs. zero).

Rankings—Two players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 list after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday:

  • Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (1IP 0H 0R 0BB K Sv in the 5-2 win over the Phillies) rises from third to second place with 8.0 Box-Toppers points on the season. Hader regains the lead among NL players, passing Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (7.2), who passed Hader Tuesday. Hader maintains his lead among NL pitchers, now ahead of Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke (7.2).

  • Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Grienke (7.2IP 4H 0R 0BB 5K W in the 11-1 win over the Pirates) rises from ninth to third place with 7.2 Box-Toppers points on the season. He rises to second place among NL pitchers, behind Hader (8.0). Greinke also now has 196.4 career Box-Toppers points, fifth among all players since 1995, when player tracking began. He trails fourth-ranked player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (201.4). Greinke ranks third among active players in career points, behind Sabathia and overall active leader, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (217.5).

Scoring—Maeda earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Verlander earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Suarez and Martinez each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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)

5/15 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +15.2 LAD 2, SD 0 Kenta Maeda (W, 5‑2) 6.2 3 0 0 0 12
+12.0 WSH 5, NYM 1 Patrick Corbin (W, 4‑1) 8.0 4 1 1 1 11
AL +10.0 HOU 5, DET 1 Justin Verlander (W, 7‑1) 7.0 2 1 1 2 9
+8.2 ARI 11, PIT 1 Zack Greinke (W, 6‑1) 7.2 4 0 0 0 5
+6.0 NYY 3, BAL 1 Domingo German (W, 8‑1) 7.0 6 1 1 1 8
+5.0 ATL 4, STL 0 Luke Jackson (S, 5) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
+4.0 SF 4, TOR 3 Will Smith (S, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 3
+3.0 TB 1, MIA 0 Jaleen Beeks (W, 3‑0) 3.0 4 0 0 0 4
BAT +2.0 CIN 6, CHC 5 (F/10) Eugenio Suarez 3B 5 1 3 3
BAT +2.0 BOS 6, COL 5 (F/10) J.D. Martinez DH 4 1 2 3
+2.0 TEX 6, KC 1 Ronald Guzman 1B 4 1 2 3
+2.0 NYY 5, BAL 3 Gleyber Torres SS 4 2 2 2
+2.0 MIN 8, LAA 7 Ehire Adrianza SS 3 1 2 2
+2.0 MIL 5, PHI 2 Josh Hader (S, 11) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
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 (’19). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’18-19), the period 2014-2019 (’14-19) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2019 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2018 total (+/-).

Player of the Game Pos Team ’19 ’18‑19 ’14‑19 Career +/‑
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 10.1 34.2 74.0 188.2 -14.0
Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 8.0 19.7 22.7 22.7 -3.7
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.2 20.2 87.2 196.4 -5.8
Maeda, Kenta 3609 pi sp mr lad nl 4.0 14.7 34.7 34.7 -6.7
German, Domingo 3957 pi sp nyy al 4.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 -4.0
Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp dc nl 3.7 19.7 38.5 61.9 -12.3
Beeks, Jalen 4047 pi mr tb al 3.7 5.7 5.7 5.7 +1.7
Martinez, J.D. 2922 dh rf bos al 3.5 16.0 33.7 38.7 -9.0
Suarez, Eugenio 3355 3b cin nl 3.0 10.5 28.0 28.0 -4.5
Smith, Will 3073 pi cp sf nl 2.0 7.7 9.7 15.7 -3.7
Torres, Gleyber 3972 ss 2b nyy al 2.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 +0.5
Jackson, Luke 4139 pi cp atl nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Guzman, Ronald 3978 1b tex al 1.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 -4.5
Adrianza, Ehire 3902 ss min al 1.0 3.7 4.7 4.7 -1.7
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