Nationals’ Anibal Sanchez tops players for Wednesday, May 29; Cubs’ Hendricks rises to 5th in player rankings

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Nationals pitcher Anibal Sanchez is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Wednesday, Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of May 29.
 
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 Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 7.7
6 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 7.7
7 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 7.7
8 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 7.4
9 Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp min al 7.4
10 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.2
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Player of the Day—Sanchez struck out seven over six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, in the 14-4 win over the Braves.

Sanchez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first points of the season. He ranks 162nd in Box-Toppers season player rankings, 49th among National League pitchers.

American League Player of the Day—Yankees pitcher James Paxton struck out seven over four scoreless innings, allowing no hits and two walks, in the 7-0 win over the Padres. 

Paxton did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because he did not pitch the required five innings to earn the win. But since he pitched at least three innings he was qualified to be considered for Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors if he had the highest Box-Toppers game score of players on the winning team, which he did.

American League Batter of the Day—Carlos Santana of the Indians homered, tripled and doubled in the 14-9 win over the Red Sox. Santana went 3-for-4, scoring four times and driving in five runs.

Santana has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019. He earned his first points in 2010 with the Indians and now has 28.7 career points, 33rd among active AL batters and seventh among active AL first basemen. Santana has kept his 10-year streak barely alive in three seasons in which earned just 1.0 Box-Toppers point (2010, 2013 and 2017). His best season was 2014 with the Indians when he had 5.7 points. In 2018, he had 3.5 points with the Phillies.

National League Batter of the Day—Andrew McCutchen of the Phillies homered and went 1-for-1, scoring four times and driving in two runs, in the 11-4 win over the Cardinals.

Rankings—Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.

Hendricks (8IP 4H R BB 7K W in the 2-1 win over the Astros) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.7 for the season. He now ranks second among NL pitchers, behind Josh Hader of the Brewers (10.0).

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

  • Tigers pitcher Nick Ramirez (3IP 0H 0R 0BB 5K W in the 4-2 win over the Orioles) made his Major League debut May 11 and was playing in his fifth career game. 

  • Rays pitcher Hunter Wood (3IP 2H 0R 0BB K ND in the 4-3, 11-inning win over the Blue Jays) made his Major League debut May 30, 2017, and was playing in his 39th career game.

Scoring—Sanchez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Paxton earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Santana and McCutchen 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)

5/29 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 WSH 14, ATL 4 Anibal Sanchez (W, 1‑6) 6.0 1 0 0 1 7
AL +9.0 `NYY 7, SD 0 James Paxton 4.0 0 0 0 2 7
BAT +8.0 CLE 14, BOS 9 Carlos Santana 1B 4 4 3 5
+8.0 CHC 2, HOU 1 Kyle Hendricks (W, 5‑4) 8.0 4 1 1 1 7
+8.0 DET 4, BAL 2 Nick Ramirez (W, 1‑0) 3.0 0 0 0 0 5
BAT +6.0 PHI 11, STL 4 Andrew McCutchen LF 1 4 1 2
+6.0 `LAA 12, OAK 7 (F/11) Griffin Canning 6.0 3 1 1 0 5
+5.1 PIT 7, CIN 2 Steven Brault (W, 2‑1) 5.1 3 0 0 2 5
+4.0 `MIA 4, SF 2 Pablo Lopez 6.0 4 1 1 1 5
+3.0 TEX 8, SEA 7 Jesse Chavez (W, 1‑1) 2.0 1 0 0 1 3
+2.0 LAD 9, NYM 8 Corey Seager SS 4 2 3 1
+2.0 `TB 4, TOR 3 (F/11) Hunter Wood 3.0 2 0 0 0 1
+2.0 COL 5, ARI 4 Scott Oberg (S, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2
+1.0 CHW 8, KC 7 Leury Garcia CF 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 +/‑
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 7.7 16.4 48.2 48.2 -1.0
Paxton, James 3280 pi sp nyy al 5.4 22.4 44.5 47.2 -11.6
Lopez, Pablo 4028 pi sp fla nl 4.0 5.7 5.7 5.7 +2.3
Canning, Griffin 4134 pi sp ana al 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 +3.7
McCutchen, Andrew 2637 lf phi nl 3.5 7.0 40.0 69.9 0.0
Sanchez, Anibal 2187 pi sp dc nl 2.0 10.4 20.8 77.7 -6.4
Oberg, Scott 4024 pi mr cp col nl 2.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 -2.0
Brault, Steven 3911 pi mr sp pit nl 2.0 3.0 5.0 5.0 +1.0
Santana, Carlos 2757 1b cle al 1.5 5.0 18.7 28.7 -2.0
Chavez, Jesse 2780 pi mr cp sp tex al 1.0 3.0 23.1 27.1 -1.0
Seager, Corey 3587 ss lad nl 1.0 2.0 14.5 14.5 0.0
Garcia, Leury 4019 cf chi al 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Ramirez, Nick 4150 pi mr det al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Wood, Hunter 4151 pi mr tb al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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