Mets’ Noah Syndergaard tops players for Thursday, May 2; Nationals’ Strasburg rises to 7th in player rankings

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Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is Thursday’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 2.
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 6.4
2 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 6.2
3 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 6.2
4 Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 5.5
5 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 5.4
6 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 5.0
7 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 5.0
8 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 5.0
9 Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 4.7
10 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 4.7
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Also Thursday, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Syndergaard pitched a complete game shutout in the 1-0 win over the Reds. He struck out 10, allowing four hits and one walk and also hit a home run, the only run score in the game.

Syndergaard earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the season and ranks 81st among all players, 29th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Charlie Morton struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run, five hits and one walk, in the 3-1 win over the Royals.

Morton did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the game was tied, 1-1, when he exited.

American League Batter of the Day—Jason Castro of the Twins homered, doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-2 win over the Astros.

National League Batter of the Day—David Dahl of the Rockies homered, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 11-6 win over the Brewers.

Rankings—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Strasburg (6.2IP 6H R 2BB 9K W in the 2-1 win over the Cardinals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 5.0 for the season. He ranks third among NL pitchers.

Strasburg also now has 117.1 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 46th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 1.0 point Thursday, he passes four players on the “all-time” list—Todd Helton (116.4), Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (116.4), Mark Buehrle (116.7) and Adrian Beltre (116.8). He now trails 45th-ranked player Barry Zito (117.4). Passing Bumgarner, Strasburg ranks 14th among active players in career points.

Streak—Ian Kinsler of the Padres has now earned Box-Toppers points in 14 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Thursday.

Kinsler (HR 2-2B 3-6 3R 2BI in the 11-2 win over the Braves) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2006 with the Rangers and has 70.6 career points, fourth among active NL batters. His best season was 2009 with the Rangers, when he had 11.2 points, eighth among AL batters. In 2018, he had 6.0 points with the Angels and Red Sox, second among AL second basemen.

Scoring—Syndergaard earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Morton earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Castro and Dahl each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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)

5/2 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +14.0 NYM 1, CIN 0 Noah Syndergaard (W, 2‑3) 9.0 4 0 0 1 10
AL +7.2 `TB 3, KC 1 Charlie Morton 6.2 5 1 1 1 9
+5.2 WSH 2, STL 1 Stephen Strasburg (W, 3‑1) 6.2 6 1 1 2 9
BAT +4.0 MIN 8, HOU 2 Jason Castro C 4 2 2 4
BAT +3.0 COL 11, MIL 6 David Dahl CF 5 2 3 3
+3.0 CHW 6, BOS 4 James McCann C 3 2 2 2
+2.0 SD 11, ATL 2 Ian Kinsler 2B 6 3 3 2
+1.0 LAA 6, TOR 2 Mike Trout CF 4 2 2 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 +/‑
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 5.0 11.7 80.0 117.1 -1.7
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 3.7 18.5 39.9 53.9 -11.1
Trout, Mike 2949 cf ana al 2.0 10.0 48.0 64.0 -6.0
Syndergaard, Noah 3472 pi sp nym nl 2.0 10.0 40.1 40.1 -6.0
Dahl, David 3714 cf col nl 1.5 5.0 6.0 6.0 -2.0
Castro, Jason 2743 ca min al 1.5 1.5 4.5 11.0 +1.5
Kinsler, Ian 2144 2b sd nl 1.0 7.0 26.5 70.6 -5.0
McCann, James 3649 ca chi al 1.0 2.0 6.0 6.0 0.0
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