Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg tops players for Thursday, April 4; Indians’ Bauer rises to lead season player rankings

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Thursday, Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer rises to lead Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning American League Player of the Day honors.

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An overview of Box-Toppers category leaders over several time frames after 2018

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer leads two of Box-Toppers’ four main leaderboards and came within 2.1 Box-Toppers points of leading three of the four after the 2018 season.

Scherzer has the most Box-Toppers points of any player over the past two seasons (50.1 over 2017 and 2018) and the most points of any player over the past six seasons (137.0 from 2013 to 2018). Scherzer finished second in overall points in 2018 with 25.1, just behind leader Rays pitcher Blake Snell (27.2).

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Max Scherzer leads players in Box-Toppers points since start of 2013

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer leads players in Box-Toppers points since the start of 2013.

Scherzer has 137.0 Box-Toppers points over the period 2013-2018, just 2.6 points ahead of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has 134.4 points over that span.

In fact, Scherzer unseats Kershaw from atop the six-year rolling Box-Toppers point total, a spot Kershaw has held at the end of each season since 2013, five straight seasons.

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Max Scherzer leads players in Box-Toppers points over past 2 seasons

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has more Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons than any other player.

Scherzer has earned 50.1 Box-Toppers points over 2017 and 2018. He ranked second among all players in both seasons.

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A look at Box-Toppers top 100 players of 'all-time' after the 2018 season

Randy Johnson leads all players in career Box-Toppers points and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The most likely rival to Johnson’s throne at the moment is Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw who has 214.8 career Box-Toppers points, third among all players since 1995 and most among active players. 

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A look at Box-Toppers' top 100 players for 2017-18 and 2013-18

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Box-Toppers’ top-ranked player over both the past two seasons and past six seasons.

Scherzer has the most Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons (50.1 over 2017 and 2018) and the most points over the past six seasons (137.0 from 2013 to 2018).

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Box-Toppers’ big dippers—players whose 2018 point total declined most from 2017: Ervin Santana leads list

Twins pitcher Ervin Santana had the biggest decline in Box-Toppers points from 2017 to 2018.

Santana, who earned 16.1 Box-Toppers points in 2017 (ninth among all players), earned no points in 2018. His decline of 16.1 points was just ahead of Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, whose 6.7 points in 2018 represented a 15.1-point drop from the 22.5 points he earned in 2017.

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Rays' pitcher Blake Snell is Box-Toppers' Most Improved Player in 2018

Rays pitcher Blake Snell had the biggest improvement in Box-Toppers point totals from 2017 to 2018, and is this season’s Box-Toppers’ Most Improved Player.

Snell had 22.2 more Box-Toppers points in 2018 than he did in 2017. In 2017, he had 5.0 Box-Toppers points and in 2018, he had 27.2 points, first among all players.

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A detailed look at Box-Toppers points leaders for 2018: Top players by position in each league

Here is a detailed look at Box-Toppers point leaders for 2018.

The chart accompanying this post shows points leaders for the season by several different categories and classifications.

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A look at Box-Toppers’ top 100 players for 2018

Blake Snell tops Box-Toppers list of the top 100 players in 2018.

The Rays pitcher had 27.2 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, which is the 12th-highest single-season point total since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.

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Rays' Blake Snell passes Max Scherzer in Box-Toppers season player rankings race this week

Rays pitcher Blake Snell took the lead this week in Box-Toppers season player rankings, passing previous leader, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer.

Meanwhile, Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves rises to lead National League batters in Box-Toppers points this week.

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Nationals’ Scherzer maintains Box-Toppers player rankings lead; Rays’ Snell closes in

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer maintains top spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings this week.

However, Rays pitcher Blake Snell, in second overall, has closed in to within 1.0 point of Scherzer. Snell leads American League players in Box-Toppers points.

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Scherzer maintains Box-Toppers player rankings lead; Rays’ Snell rises to lead AL players, Cubs’ Rizzo rises to lead NL batters

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer maintains top spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings this week.

Meanwhile, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs is this week’s new leader among National League batters in 2018 Box-Toppers points. Rizzo also led NL batters in 2017.

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Nationals’ Max Scherzer maintains lead in Box-Toppers player rankings

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer maintains top spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings this week.

Meanwhile, all of last week’s category leaders remain the same, even though none of them picked up any points in the past week:

  • Scherzer still leads NL pitchers.

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Nationals’ Max Scherzer maintains lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer maintained top spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings this week.

Meanwhile, David Peralta of the Diamondbacks is the new leader this week among National League batters in 2018 Box-Toppers points. Leaders in all other categories remain the same.

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Nationals’ Max Scherzer maintains lead in Box-Toppers player rankings for third week

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer maintains his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings for the third straight week.

Scherzer has 20.1 Box-Toppers points, holding a narrow lead over second-place player, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (19.1 points).

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