Cubs' Edwin Jackson tops players for Saturday, May 17; Dbacks' Goldschmidt tops NL batters

Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson is Saturday’s Player of the Day. Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 11, in the 3-0 win over the Brewers.

Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is American League Player of the Day. Wilson pitched a complete game shutout, striking out seven, in the 6-0 win over the Rays.

Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks is National League Batter of the Day. Goldschmidt homered twice, doubled twice, went 4-for-5, scored five times and drove in six runs in the 18-7 win over the Dodgers. This is the first time this season Goldschmidt has earned Player of the Game honors and he now has 1.5 Box-Toppers points. In 2013, he led NL batters in Box-Toppers points with 13.7.

Josh Donaldson of the Athletics is AL Batter of the Day. Donaldson tripled, went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs in the 6-2 win over the Indians. Donaldson earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points, giving him 5.0 for the season, moving him into 15th place among all players and second among AL batters, trailing Chris Colabello of the Twins (5.2).

Jackson receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Wilson receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Goldschmidt and Donaldson each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.

All of Saturday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) receive 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

MLB13.0CubsEdwin Jackson (W, 3-3)------7.0400111
BAT10.0DbacksPaul Goldschmidt 1B554611------
10.0PhilliesCole Hamels (W, 1-2)------7.0311210
AL9.0AngelsC.J. Wilson (W, 5-3)------9.050027
8.0MarlinsTom Koehler (W, 4-3)------7.040027
7.0RoyalsDanny Duffy (W, 2-3)------7.020002
6.0CardinalsShelby Miller (W, 6-2)------7.051027
4.1Blue JaysSteve Delabar (W, 3-0)------1.100003
BAT4.0AthleticsJosh Donaldson 3B423300------
4.0TwinsBrian Dozier 2B322301------
3.0AstrosDexter Fowler CF423211------
3.0PadresCarlos Quentin PH111200------
3.0MetsBartolo Colon (W, 3-5)------8.052215
3.0TigersRick Porcello (W, 7-1)------8.061114
2.0YankeesDavid Phelps (W, 1-0)------5.050035