Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, Thursday’s Player of the Day, rises to second place in Box-Toppers player rankings and takes the lead among American League pitchers in Box-Toppers points.
Scherzer struck out seven over eight innings, allowing two hits and one run, in the 8-1 win over the Rays. He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 14.4 for the season, moving from sixth to second in season player rankings (see the updated top 10 player list on the home page).
Scherzer passes Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees (12.7 points) to take the Box-Toppers points lead among AL pitchers. He trails only Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (14.4) in the rankings. (Scherzer and Kershaw both have 14.4 Box-Toppers points, but Kershaw ranks ahead because he has more points since the start of 2013—36.1 vs. 32.5.) In 2013, both Kershaw and Scherzer led their leagues in the final Box-Toppers points standings—Kershaw had 21.7, Scherzer had 18.1.
David Peralta of the Diamondbacks is National League Player of the Day. Peralta homered, went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in four runs in the 10-2 win over the Pirates. This was Peralta’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time he has earned Player of the Game honors. He is the 3,370th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995. He made his Major League debut June 1 and was playing in his 27th game.
Steve Pearce of the Orioles is AL Batter of the Day. Pearce went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs in the 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Notable: Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke rose to 10th place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) Greinke (8IP 8K W in the 3-2 win over the Rockies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.1 for the season.
Scherzer receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Peralta receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Pearce receives 1.5 for being AL Batter of the Day.
All of Thursday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) receive 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
Box-Toppers watches the daily performances of selected star players and Box-Toppers points leaders. To see how they performed Thursday, click here.
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||10.0||Tigers||Max Scherzer (W, 10-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||1||1||1||7|
|NL||4.0||Dbacks||David Peralta LF||5||2||3||4||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Athletics||Sonny Gray (W, 8-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||1||3||5|
|3.0||Cardinals||Carlos Martinez (W, 2-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.0||5||1||1||1||6|
|3.0||Yankees||David Robertson (S, 19)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||1||3|
|BAT||2.0||Orioles||Steve Pearce LF||5||1||4||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Angels||David Freese 3B||3||1||2||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Dodgers||Zack Greinke (W, 11-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||9||2||1||2||8|
|2.0||Phillies||Jonathan Papelbon (S, 19)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|