Nationals’ Scherzer tops players for Saturday, July 6, rises to 3rd in ’19 player rankings, 6th in ‘all-time’ career points

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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, rising to third place in season player rankings and sixth place on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” career points list.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of July 6.
 
Player Pos Team BTP
1 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 14.8
2 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 14.7
3 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4
4 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp tb al 13.8
5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 13.2
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 13.1
7 Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 12.1
8 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 11.7
9 Giolito, Lucas 3900 sp pi chi al 10.7
10 Castillo, Luis 3840 pi sp cin nl 10.4
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Also Saturday, two other players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 list after earning Player of the Game honors—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole rises to sixth place and Indians pitcher Shane Bieber rises to seventh place.

Player of the Day—Scherzer struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, in the 6-0 win over the Royals.

Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 14.4 for the season, rising from fifth to third place in season player rankings, behind Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (14.8) and Brewers closing pitcher Josh Hader (14.7). Scherzer rises to second place among National League pitchers behind Hader and now leads all NL starting pitchers, passing Zack Greinke of the Diamondbacks (13.2).

Scherzer also rises to sixth place in career Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his 2.0 points earned Saturday, Scherzer now has 196.2 career points, passing Albert Pujols of the Angels (194.8). Scherzer now trails fifth-ranked player Greinke (202.4). Passing Pujols, Scherzer now ranks fourth among active players in career points.

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 220.5
4 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 203.4
5 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 202.4
6 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 196.2
7 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 194.8
8 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
9 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 192.9
10 Alex Rodriguez dh retired 187.0
11 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 174.1
12 Cole Hamels pi sp chi nl 171.2
13 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
14 Jon Lester pi sp chi nl 170.6
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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American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks, in the 4-0 win over the Angels.

Cole earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 13.1 for the season, rising from seventh to sixth place in season player rankings, third among AL pitchers, behind Verlander (14.8) and Rays pitcher Charlie Morton (13.8).

National League Batter of the Day—Austin Slater of the Giants hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the 8-4 win over the Cardinals.

American League Batter of the Day—Travis d'Arnaud of the Rays hit a walk-off home run in the 4-3 win over the Yankees. d’Arnaud went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs.

Rankings—Indians pitcher Shane Bieber rises from eighth to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Bieber (8IP 4H 2R 0BB 8K W in the 7-2 win over the Reds) now has 12.1 Box-Toppers points for the season, fourth among AL pitchers.

Notable—Padres pitcher Chris Paddack becomes the 11th player this season to reach 10 Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Paddack (5.2IP 3H 0R BB 6K ND in the 3-1 win over the Dodgers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.4 for the season, 11th among all players and sixth among NL pitchers.

This is Paddack’s rookie season and therefore, his first season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points.

Streak—Cubs closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of 2019 Saturday.

Kimbrel (1IP 0H 0R BB 3K Sv in the 6-2 win over the White Sox) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2010 with the Braves and now has 75.4 career points, second among active NL closing pitchers (though the active leader Francisco Liriano of the Pirates with 106.2 points has primarily been a starting pitcher). Kimbrel’s best season was 2012 with the Braves when he had 15.0 Box-Toppers points, first among NL closing pitchers and tied for the second-highest single-season Box-Toppers point total for a closing pitcher since 1998. In 2018, Kimbrel had 7.0 Box-Toppers points with the Red Sox, fourth among AL closing pitchers.

Also notable—Mookie Betts of the Red Sox earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Saturday.

Betts (3B 2B 3-5 2R 2BI in the 10-6 win over the Tigers) was also Player of the Game in the Red Sox’ 9-6 win over the Tigers on Friday (2B 3-4 2R BI). Betts now has 5.0 Box-Toppers points for the season—2.0 earned in the past two days—and ranks 11th among AL batters.

Scoring—Scherzer earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Cole earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Slater and d’Arnaud each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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)

7/6 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +13.0 WSH 6, KC 0 Max Scherzer (W, 9‑5) 7.0 4 0 0 1 11
AL +11.0 HOU 4, LAA 0 Gerrit Cole (W, 9‑5) 7.0 3 0 0 2 9
+8.0 CLE 7, CIN 2 Shane Bieber (W, 8‑3) 8.0 4 2 2 0 8
+7.2 `SD 3, LAD 1 Chris Paddack 5.2 3 0 0 1 6
+7.1 MIN 7, TEX 4 Taylor Rogers (S, 12) 2.1 0 0 0 0 5
+6.0 BAL 8, TOR 1 Andrew Cashner (W, 9‑3) 7.0 3 1 1 0 4
BAT +5.0 SF 8, STL 4 Austin Slater PH 1 1 1 4
+5.0 ARI 4, COL 2 Robbie Ray (W, 6‑6) 6.0 2 1 1 5 8
+4.0 PIT 12, MIL 2 Colin Moran 3B 5 2 4 3
+4.0 SEA 6, OAK 3 Marco Gonzales (W, 10‑7) 8.0 5 2 2 1 6
BAT +3.0 TB 4, NYY 3 Travis d'Arnaud C 4 2 3 2
+3.0 CHC 6, CHW 3 Craig Kimbrel (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 1 3
+2.0 BOS 10, DET 6 Mookie Betts RF 5 2 3 2
+1.0 NYM 6, PHI 5 Jeff McNeil RF 5 1 4 1
+1.0 MIA 5, ATL 4 Starlin Castro 2B 5 2 3 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 +/‑
Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 14.4 39.5 133.3 196.2 -10.7
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 13.1 31.1 69.3 74.0 -4.9
Bieber, Shane 4005 pi sp cle al 12.1 18.5 18.5 18.5 +5.7
Paddack, Chris 4093 pi sp sd nl 10.4 10.4 10.4 10.4 +10.4
Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 5.0 15.9 33.1 33.1 -5.9
Moran, Colin 3931 3b pit nl 5.0 8.5 8.5 8.5 +1.5
Cashner, Andrew 2807 pi sp bal al 5.0 7.0 24.7 38.4 +3.0
Gonzales, Marco 3408 pi sp sea al 4.7 15.1 19.1 19.1 -5.7
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 3.7 11.4 38.1 38.1 -4.0
d’Arnaud, Travis 3384 ca 1b tb al 3.5 3.5 14.7 14.7 +3.5
Rogers, Taylor 3648 pi cp min al 2.0 4.0 7.0 7.0 0.0
McNeil, Jeff 4050 lf rf nym nl 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +1.0
Slater, Austin 3818 1b lf ph sf nl 1.5 2.5 4.5 4.5 +0.5
Kimbrel, Craig 2825 pi cp chi nl 1.0 8.0 41.7 75.4 -6.0
Castro, Starlin 2767 2b fla nl 1.0 3.0 21.5 33.5 -1.0
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