Angels' Richards tops players for Monday, Aug. 4, rises to 6th in Box-Toppers rankings; Indians' Kluber rises to 7th

Angels pitcher Garrett Richards is Monday’s Player of the Day and rises to sixth in Box-Toppers player rankings.

Richards pitched a complete game shutout and struck out nine in the 5-0 win over the Dodgers. He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points, giving him 14.7 for the season, rising to sixth place in Box-Toppers player rankings. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) He is ranked second among American League pitchers, behind Max Scherzer of the Tigers (18.1 Box-Toppers points).

Giants closing pitcher Santiago Casilla is National League Player of the Day. Casilla pitched a shutout ninth inning and struck out  one, earning the save, in the 4-3 win over the Mets. Casilla was the only NL player to earn Player of the Game honors Monday. In the day’s seven games, only five NL teams were active—three lost in interleague games to AL teams—and the Giants were the only team to win.

Tyler Flowers of the White Sox is AL Batter of the Day. Flowers homered, tripled and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 5-3 win over the Rangers.

Notable: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber rose from ninth to seventh place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Monday. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) Kluber (7.1IP R 7K W in the 7-1 win over the Reds) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 14.4 for the season. He ranks third among AL pitchers.

Richards receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Casilla receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Flowers receives 1.5 for being AL Batter of the Day.

All of Monday’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 Monday, 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

804 Score Team Player AB R H BI BB K IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 Angels Garrett Richards (W, 12-4) - - - - - - 9.0 5 0 0 2 9
5.2 Yankees Brandon McCarthy (W, 4-0) - - - - - - 5.2 5 1 0 2 8
BAT 5.0 White Sox Tyler Flowers C 3 2 3 3 0 0 - - - - - -
4.1 Indians Corey Kluber (W, 12-6) - - - - - - 7.1 6 1 1 2 7
3.0 Orioles Caleb Joseph C 3 1 2 3 0 0 - - - - - -
3.0 Athletics Ryan Cook (W, 1-1) - - - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
NL 2.0 Giants Santiago Casilla (S, 9) - - - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 1