Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, making his Major League debut.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of May 28.
|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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)
|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||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑||‑|
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 playersHere 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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Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.