Athletics’ Mike Fiers, pitching a no-hitter, tops players for Tuesday, May 7

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Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers, pitching a no-hitter, is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Fiers struck out eight and walked two, throwing 131 pitches over nine innings, in the 2-0 win over the Reds.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of May 7.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 7.0
2 Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi sp tb al 6.7
3 Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 6.7
4 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 6.4
5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 6.2
6 Bellinger, Cody 3781 rf lad nl 6.2
7 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 6.0
8 Ozuna, Marcell 3190 lf stl nl 5.5
9 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 5.4
10 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 5.0
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It is Fiers’ second career no-hitter. He did it previously with the Astros on Aug. 21, 2015, when he was also Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Fiers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.0 for the season, 20th among all players, eighth among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout, striking out six and allowing no walks, in the 9-0 win over the Braves.

American League Batter of the Day—Whit Merrifield of the Royals hit a grand slam and tripled in the 12-2 win over the Astros. Merrifield went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in five runs.

National League Batter of the Day—Pete Alonso of the Mets hit a ninth-inning, go-ahead, two-run homer in the 7-6 win over the Padres. Alonso went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs.

Notable—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester rises to 14th place among players in career Box-Toppers points since 1995 after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

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 195.4
6 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
7 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 190.8
8 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
9 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 184.5
10 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 181.8
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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Lester (6IP 8H 2R 0ER 0BB 6K ND in the 5-2 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 167.6 career points, which passes Manny Ramirez (167.2) on the “all-time” list. (It should be noted Ramirez would have an estimated 173 Box-Toppers points if his entire career from 1993 were tracked.) Lester now trails 13th-ranked player, teammate Cole Hamels (168.2). He ranks ninth among active players in career points.

Lester has 3.0 Box-Toppers points for the 2019 season, 17th among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Twins pitcher Jose Berrios is the highest-ranked in Box-Toppers season player rankings among the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday.

Berrios (7IP 4H 0R 0BB 5K W in the 3-0 win over the Blue Jays) has 4.0 Box-Toppers points and ranks 17th in season player rankings, sixth among AL pitchers.

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

  • Mac Williamson of the Giants (HR 2-4 2R 4BI in the 14-4 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut Sept. 23, 2015, and was playing in his 121st career game.

  • Angels pitcher Griffin Canning (5.1IP 4H 2R BB 7K W in the 5-2 win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut April 30 and was playing in his second career game.

  • Gio Urshela of the Yankees (HR 2B 2-4 2R 2BI in the 5-4 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut June 8, 2015, and was playing in his 194th career game. 

Scoring—Fiers earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Ryu earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Merrifield and Alonso each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s 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)

5/7 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 OAK 2, CIN 0 Mike Fiers (W, 3‑3) 9.0 0 0 0 2 6
NL +11.0 LAD 9, ATL 0 Hyun‑Jin Ryu (W, 4‑1) 9.0 4 0 0 0 6
+9.1 CHW 2, CLE 0 Lucas Giolito (W, 3‑1) 7.1 3 0 0 3 8
+8.0 MIN 3, TOR 0 Jose Berrios (W, 6‑1) 7.0 4 0 0 0 5
BAT +7.0 KC 12, HOU 2 Whit Merrifield 2B 5 3 4 5
+7.0 PHI 11, STL 1 Aaron Nola (W, 3‑0) 6.0 3 1 1 1 7
+5.0 MIL 6, WSH 0 Freddy Peralta (W, 2‑1) 5.0 3 0 0 2 5
BAT +4.0 NYM 7, SD 6 Pete Alonso 1B 5 2 3 4
+4.0 SF 14, COL 4 Mac Williamson LF 4 2 2 4
+4.0 BOS 8, BAL 5 J.D. Martinez DH 2 2 1 3
+3.1 LAA 5, DET 2 Griffin Canning (W, 1‑0) 5.1 4 2 2 1 7
+3.0 PIT 5, TEX 4 Felipe Vazquez (S, 10) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
+2.0 NYY 5, SEA 4 Gio Urshela 3B 4 2 2 2
+2.0 `CHC 5, MIA 2 Jon Lester 6.0 8 2 0 0 6
+1.1 TB 6, ARI 3 Jalen Beeks (W, 2‑0) 3.1 3 1 1 0 3
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 +/‑
Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 4.0 21.8 30.8 30.8 -13.8
Fiers, Mike 3029 pi sp oak al 4.0 14.7 39.5 47.2 -6.7
Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 3.7 13.8 30.2 39.9 -6.4
Lester, Jon 2173 pi sp chi nl 3.0 13.7 74.9 167.6 -7.7
Peralta, Freddy 3965 pi sp mr mil nl 3.0 11.7 11.7 11.7 -5.7
Beeks, Jalen 4047 pi mr tb al 2.7 4.7 4.7 4.7 +0.7
Alonso, Pete 4118 1b nym nl 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 +2.5
Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 2.0 23.1 47.6 47.6 -19.1
Vazquez, Felipe 3579 pi cp pit nl 2.0 8.0 13.0 13.0 -4.0
Giolito, Lucas 3900 pi sp chi al 2.0 6.0 9.0 9.0 -2.0
Merrifield, Whit 3855 2b kc al 1.5 2.5 6.5 6.5 +0.5
Martinez, J.D. 2922 dh lf rf bos al 1.0 13.5 31.2 36.2 -11.5
Canning, Griffin 4134 pi sp ana al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Urshela, Gio 4135 3b nyy al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Williamson, Mac 4133 lf sf nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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