Royals' Omar Infante tops players in World Series Game 2, Wednesday, Oct. 22

Omar Infante of the Royals is Player of the Day in Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series.

Infante doubled and hit a two-run homer, going 2-for-3 and scoring twice in the 7-2 win over the Giants. The Royals tie the best-of-seven game World Series 1-1.

Infante had a Box-Toppers game score of +3, the best of any Royals player Wednesday. (Pitchers Greg Holland and Wade Davis of the Royals also had Box-Toppers game scores of +3—see the chart below—but in cases of game score ties, Box-Toppers rules have batters finishing ahead of pitchers.)

During the regular season, Infante had 4.0 Box-Toppers points, ranking 243rd among all players, 51st among all AL batters and eighth among all AL second basemen.

This was the first time this postseaon Infante has earned Player of the Game honors. In fact, in the Royals’ nine postseason wins of 2014, a different player has earned Player of the Game honors each time. The previous eight are listed in this earlier post. (To compare, five different players have earned Player of the Game honors in the Giants' nine postseason wins of 2014.)

The World Series takes a day off Thursday before resuming Friday in San Francisco:

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The pitching matchup Friday:

Royals: Jeremy Guthrie, 7.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 113rd among all players, 40th among AL pitchers.

Giants: Tim Hudson, 8.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 71st among all players, 34th among NL pitchers.

Guthrie has started once this postseason and Hudson has started twice. Neither pitcher has earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors so far this postseason.

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 6 players in World Series Game 2 

Here are the top six Royals players in Wednesday's World Series Game 2, ranked from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (how game score is calculated). Omar Infante, who had a Box-Toppers game score of +3.0, is Player of the Game (POG). Under Box-Toppers rules, batters beat pitchers in cases of game score ties, so Infante finished ahead of two pitchers who also had game scores of +3.0—Greg Holland and Wade Davis.

1022 Score Team Player AB R H BI BB K IP H R ER BB K
POG 3.0 Royals Omar Infante 2B 3 2 2 2 0 0 - - - - - -
3.0 Royals Greg Holland - - - - - - 1.0 1 0 0 0 3
3.0 Royals Wade Davis - - - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
1.0 Royals Billy Butler DH 3 0 2 2 0 0 - - - - - -
1.0 Royals Terrance Gore PR, DH 0 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - - -
0.2 Royals Kelvin Herrera (W, 1-0) - - - - - - 1.2 0 0 0 2 1