Orioles pitcher Bud Norris is Friday’s Player of the Day, while Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner rises to second place in Box-Toppers player rankings.
Norris pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 10 in the 5-0 win over the Yankees.
Bumgarner rose from third to second place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning National League Player of the Day honors Friday. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) Bumgarner pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out nine in the 9-0 win over the Dodgers. Bumgarner earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 22.6 for the season. He is also second place among NL pitchers, trailing overall Box-Toppers points leader Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (28.8 Box-Toppers points). Bumgarner passes American League leader Max Scherzer of the Tigers (21.1 Box-Toppers points) on the player rankings list.
Kole Calhoun of the Angels is AL Batter of the Day. Calhoun went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 11-3 win over the Astros.
Jordy Mercer of the Pirates is NL Batter of the Day. Mercer went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs in the 7-3 win over the Cubs.
Notables: Tigers pitcher David Price maintained his eighth-place spot in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) Price (7.2IP R 7K W in the 7-2 win over the Indians) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 17.1 for the season. He ranks fifth among AL pitchers.
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright rose to ninth place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) Wainwright (8IP R 8K W in the 5-1 win over the Rockies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 16.0 for the season. He ranks fourth among NL pitchers.
Wainwright had led all players in Box-Toppers points several times this season, as late as June 28. However, he only scored 2.0 Box-Toppers points in July and none in August and on Aug. 30, fell out of Box-Toppers top 10 list. With this Player of the Game honor Friday, he rejoins the top 10 list, pushing out Jose Abreu of the White Sox (15.5 Box-Toppers points), who had been the only batter on the list.
Norris receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Bumgarner receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Calhoun and Mercer 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.
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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||12.0||Orioles||Bud Norris (W, 13-8)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||2||10|
|NL||11.0||Giants||Madison Bumgarner (W, 18-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||2||9|
|11.0||Rays||Nate Karns (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||2||8|
|8.0||Cardinals||Adam Wainwright (W, 18-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||6||1||1||0||8|
|4.2||Tigers||David Price (W, 14-11)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||8||1||1||0||7|
|BAT||4.0||Angels||Kole Calhoun RF||4||3||3||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Mariners||James Paxton (W, 6-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||2||1||3||8|
|BAT||1.0||Pirates||Jordy Mercer SS||5||0||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Mets||Juan Lagares CF||3||1||2||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Red Sox||Jemile Weeks 2B||3||2||2||0||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Padres||Yasmani Grandal 1B||4||1||2||1||0||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.