Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez is Sunday’s Player of the Day, while Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner bolsters his third-place spot in Box-Toppers player rankings.
Sanchez pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out 12, in the 4-0 win over the Rockies. This was the first time this season Sanchez has earned Player of the Game honors. Last season, he ranked second among all American League players with 17.1 Box-Toppers points. He now has 2.0 Box-Toppers points for 2014.
Bumgarner, Sunday’s National League Player of the Day, strengthens his third-place spot in Box-Toppers player rankings. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) Bumgarner pitched a complete game shutout, allowing two hits and striking out 10, in the 9-0 win over the Mets. Bumgarner earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points, giving him 17.9 for the season, which is now his highest total for any season—in 2012, he had 17.7. He ranks second among NL pitchers.
Danny Santana of the Twins is AL Batter of the Day. Santana tripled, doubled and went 5-for-6, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 16-3 win over the White Sox.
Chris Coghlan of the Cubs is NL Batter of the Day. Coghlan homered and doubled, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 7-3 win over the Dodgers.
Notable: Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg becomes the 22nd player to 10.0 Box-Toppers points this season after he earned Player of the Game honors Sunday. Strasburg (7IP 0R 10K W in the 4-0 win over the Phillies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.0 for the season. He ranks 22nd among all players and 10th among NL pitchers.
Sanchez receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Bumgarner receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Santana and Coghlan 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||17.0||Tigers||Anibal Sanchez (W, 8-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||0||12|
|NL||16.0||Giants||Madison Bumgarner (W, 13-8)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||2||0||0||1||10|
|13.0||Nationals||Stephen Strasburg (W, 8-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||1||10|
|9.0||Orioles||Chris Tillman (W, 8-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||0||6|
|BAT||5.0||Twins||Danny Santana CF||6||2||5||4||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||Yankees||Esmil Rogers (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||3.0||0||0||0||1||3|
|3.0||Indians||David Murphy RF||3||1||2||3||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||3.0||Cubs||Chris Coghlan LF||3||2||2||2||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Padres||Tim Stauffer (W, 4-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||Angels||Mike Trout DH||4||1||3||2||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Astros||Matt Dominguez 3B||3||1||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Royals||James Shields (W, 10-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||4||2||2||0||2|
|2.0||Reds||Mike Leake (W, 9-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||1||1||4||5|
|2.0||Cardinals||Trevor Rosenthal (S, 34)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||1||3|
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.