Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is Friday’s Player of the Day. Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 10 in the 9-4 win over the Cardinals.
Bumgarner earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 8.7 for the season and rising to fifth place in Box-Toppers player rankings (see the updated top 10 list on the home page). He is in third place among National League pitchers in Box-Toppers points.
Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is American League Player of the Day. Kluber struck out 12 over 7 1/3 innings in the 5-2 win over the Rockies.
Kluber earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 7.4 for the season, rising to 10th place in Box-Toppers player rankings (see the updated top 10 list on the home page). He ranks third among AL pitchers in Box-Toppers points.
Josh Donaldson of the Athletics is AL Batter of the Day. Donaldson hit two home runs and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in four runs in the 9-5 win over the Angels.
Devin Mesoraco of the Reds is NL Batter of the Day. Mesoraco hit two homers, including a grand slam, in the 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
Notables: Braves pitcher Julio Teheran rises to third place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. Teheran (7.1IP 2R 5K W in the 3-2 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.7 for the season (see the updated top 10 list on the home page). He is in second place among NL pitchers.
Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers rises to eighth place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. Cabrera (2-3 HR 2R 2RBI in the 6-3 win over the Mariners) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.5 for the season (see the updated top 10 list on the home page). Cabrera, who has now earned Player of the Game honors three of the past four days, maintains his lead in Box-Toppers points among AL batters. He moves into the top 10 for the first time this season—in 2013, he was the only batter among the top 10 in Box-Toppers points, finishing in eighth place with 16.9.
Bumgarner receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Kluber receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Donaldson and Mesoraco each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.
All of Friday’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
|MLB||13.0||Giants||Madison Bumgarner (W, 7-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||1||10|
|AL||9.1||Indians||Corey Kluber (W, 6-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.1||5||2||2||1||12|
|6.2||Pirates||Francisco Liriano (W, 1-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.2||5||0||0||2||8|
|BAT||6.0||Athletics||Josh Donaldson 3B||4||3||3||4||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|6.0||Nationals||Stephen Strasburg (W, 4-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||6||2||0||1||9|
|6.0||Padres||Ian Kennedy (W, 4-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||1||1||3||9|
|BAT||5.0||Reds||Devin Mesoraco C||4||2||2||5||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Royals||Lorenzo Cain CF, RF||4||1||3||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Brewers||Rickie Weeks 2B||4||3||3||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.1||Astros||Chad Qualls (S, 5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||2|
|3.0||Tigers||Miguel Cabrera 1B||3||2||2||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Phillies||Justin De Fratus (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|2.1||Braves||Julio Teheran (W, 5-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.1||5||2||2||1||5|
|2.0||Twins||Trevor Plouffe 3B||3||2||1||2||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||`Red Sox||Koji Uehara||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.