Twins’ Devin Smeltzer tops players for Tuesday, May 28; Reds’ Dietrich tops NL players

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Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, making his Major League debut.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of May 28.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 12.1
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 10.0
3 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf 1b lad nl 8.2
4 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 7.7
5 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 7.7
6 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 7.7
7 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 7.4
8 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 7.4
9 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.2
10 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 7.1
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Smeltzer struck out seven over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 5-3 win over the Brewers. Smeltzer did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was in a scoreless tie when he exited.

Smeltzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first of the season and his career, as he made both his Major League and Box-Toppers debut. He ranks 209th in Box-Toppers season player rankings, 64th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Derek Dietrich of the Reds hit three home runs, going 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in six runs, in the 11-6 win over the Pirates.

American League Batter of the Day—Alex Bregman of the Astros hit two home runs and went 2-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 9-6 win over the Cubs.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Tuesday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Derek Dietrich.

Notable—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg now has 119.1 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Strasburg (7IP 5H 2R 2BB 11K W in the 5-4 win over the Braves) rises to 43rd place in career points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He passes two players on the “all-time” list—Carlos Delgado (118.7) and Cliff Lee (119.1). Strasburg now trails 42nd-ranked player, Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (120.9). Strasburg ranks 14th among active players in career points.

Strasburg also now has 7.0 Box-Toppers points in 2019, most among the 16 who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday. He ranks 12th in season player rankings and fifth among NL pitchers.

Scoring—Smeltzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Dietrich earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Bregman earns 1.5 points for being AL 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)

5/28 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +10.0 `MIN 5, MIL 3 Devin Smeltzer 6.0 3 0 0 0 7
NL +8.0 CIN 11, PIT 6 Derek Dietrich 1B 4 3 3 6
+8.0 CHW 4, KC 3 Lucas Giolito (W, 7‑1) 8.0 3 3 3 1 10
+7.0 WSH 5, ATL 4 Stephen Strasburg (W, 5‑3) 7.0 5 2 2 2 11
+7.0 MIA 11, SF 3 Trevor Richards (W, 2‑5) 7.0 2 1 1 1 5
+7.0 DET 3, BAL 0 Matthew Boyd (W, 5‑4) 6.0 6 0 0 1 8
BAT +4.0 HOU 9, CHC 6 Alex Bregman DH 4 3 2 3
+4.0 COL 6, ARI 2 Chad Bettis (S, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 2
+3.1 SD 5, NYY 4 Eric Lauer (W, 4‑4) 5.1 4 1 1 0 4
+3.0 NYM 7, LAD 3 Michael Conforto RF 4 1 1 5
+3.0 TEX 11, SEA 4 Hunter Pence LF 3 2 2 2
+3.0 PHI 4, STL 3 Hector Neris (S, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.1 LAA 6, OAK 4 Ty Buttrey (W, 3‑2) 1.1 0 0 0 2 3
+2.0 CLE 7, BOS 5 Greg Allen LF 3 2 1 2
+1.2 TB 3, TOR 1 Ryan Yarbrough (W, 4‑1) 3.2 2 0 0 1 1
+1.0 CHW 2, KC 1 James McCann C 4 2 3 0
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 +/‑
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 7.0 13.7 82.0 119.1 +0.3
Giolito, Lucas 3900 pi sp chi al 6.0 10.0 13.0 13.0 +2.0
Boyd, Matthew 3550 pi sp det al 5.0 14.7 24.8 24.8 -4.7
Lauer, Eric 4017 pi sp sd nl 4.0 10.7 10.7 10.7 -2.7
Conforto, Michael 3622 rf nym nl 4.0 10.5 21.5 21.5 -2.5
Bregman, Alex 3721 3b dh hou al 3.5 9.7 14.7 14.7 -2.7
Pence, Hunter 2287 lf ph tex al 3.5 5.5 17.0 61.2 +1.5
Neris, Hector 3553 pi cp phi nl 3.0 5.0 15.0 15.0 +1.0
McCann, James 3649 ca chi al 3.0 4.0 8.0 8.0 +2.0
Buttrey, Ty 4124 pi mr cp ana al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Dietrich, Derek 3199 2b 1b lf cin nl 2.7 6.2 14.7 16.7 -0.8
Yarbrough, Ryan 3962 pi sp mr tb al 2.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 -5.0
Smeltzer, Devin 4149 pi sp min al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 +2.0
Richards, Trevor 3945 pi sp fla nl 1.0 8.7 8.7 8.7 -6.7
Bettis, Chad 3481 pi sp col nl 1.0 4.0 18.1 18.1 -2.0
Allen, Greg 4036 lf cle al 1.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 -0.5
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