Braves pitcher Alex Wood is Sunday’s Player of the Day, while Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw extends his overall lead in Box-Toppers player rankings.
Wood struck out 12 over 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run, in the 3-1 win over the Nationals.
Kershaw bolstered his spot atop Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) Kershaw (8IP R 6K W in the 5-1 win over the Brewers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 22.1 for the season. He beats his point total from 2013 of 21.7, when he led all players. This is the second-most points Kershaw has earned in a season—the most was 26.1 in 2011, when he also led all players.
Twins pitcher Phil Hughes is American League Player of the Day. Hughes struck out seven over seven innings, allowing one run, in the 6-1 win over the Athletics. Hughes became the 25th player this season with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points. He earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 11.1 for the season and ranks 19th among all players, 11th among AL pitchers.
Devin Mesoraco of the Reds is NL Batter of the Day. Mesoraco hit two homers, including a grand slam, in the 7-2 win over the Marlins.
Austin Jackson of the Mariners is AL Batter of the Day. Jackson went 3-for-4 and drove in all four of his team’s runs in the 4-2 win over the White Sox.
Wood receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Hughes receives 1.7 for AL Player of the Day. Mesoraco and Jackson each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.
All of Sunday’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 Sunday, 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||9.1||Braves||Alex Wood (W, 8-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.1||5||1||1||3||12|
|AL||7.0||Twins||Phil Hughes (W, 12-8)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||1||1||7|
|7.0||Indians||Carlos Carrasco (W, 4-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.0||2||0||0||0||4|
|BAT||6.0||Reds||Devin Mesoraco C||4||2||2||6||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||Red Sox||Rubby De La Rosa (W, 4-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||3||8|
|5.0||`Blue Jays||Aaron Sanchez||-||-||-||-||-||-||3.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|4.0||Phillies||Chase Utley 2B||4||2||3||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Cardinals||Peter Bourjos PR, CF||1||1||1||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Dodgers||Clayton Kershaw (W, 14-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||6||1||1||2||6|
|4.0||Rockies||LaTroy Hawkins (S, 18)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|BAT||3.0||Mariners||Austin Jackson CF||4||0||3||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Padres||Seth Smith RF||4||2||2||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Royals||Norichika Aoki RF||2||2||2||1||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Rangers||Alex Rios RF||2||1||1||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.