Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, Saturday’s Player of the Day, ranks fourth in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
Kluber pitched a complete game, allowing one run and five hits and striking out eight, in the 3-1 win over the White Sox. Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points, giving him 19.4 for the season. He maintains his fourth place spot in Box-Toppers player rankings. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) He ranks second among American League pitchers, behind Max Scherzer of the Tigers (21.1 Box-Toppers points).
Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano is National League Player of the Day. Liriano pitched six scoreless innings and struck out nine in the 5-0 win over the Cubs.
Albert Pujols of the Angels is AL Batter of the Day. Pujols homered and doubled, going 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 8-5 win over the Twins.
Buster Posey of the Giants is NL Batter of the Day. Posey homered and went 3-for-3, scoring twice, in the 5-4 win over the Tigers.
Notables: Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto maintained his fifth-place spot in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday. (See the updated top 10 player list on the home page.) Cueto (7IP R 8K W in the 2-1 win over the Mets) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 18.4 for the season. He ranks third among NL pitchers.
Rays pitcher Drew Smyly rises to 17th place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday. Smyly (6IP R 8K ND in the 3-2 win over the Orioles) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.4 for the season. He ranks ninth among AL pitchers.
Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu rises to 29th place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday. Ryu (6.2IP 9K ND in the 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.4 for the season. He ranks 11th among NL pitchers.
Kluber receives 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day. Liriano receives 1.7 for NL Player of the Day. Pujols and Posey each receive 1.5 for being top Batter of the Day in their league.
All of Saturday’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||11.0||Indians||Corey Kluber (W, 14-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||5||1||0||0||8|
|NL||10.0||Pirates||Francisco Liriano (W, 4-10)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||0||0||2||9|
|5.0||Reds||Johnny Cueto (W, 17-8)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||1||1||2||8|
|BAT||4.0||Angels||Albert Pujols 1B||5||3||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Pirates||Mark Melancon (W, 3-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|BAT||3.0||Giants||Buster Posey 1B||3||2||3||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.1||Braves||David Carpenter (W, 6-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||1|
|2.0||Mariners||Kyle Seager 3B||5||2||3||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Rockies||Michael McKenry C||4||2||2||2||2||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.1||Red Sox||Clay Buchholz (W, 7-8)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.1||4||2||2||2||5|
|1.0||Yankees||Martin Prado 2B||4||2||3||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Athletics||Josh Reddick RF||4||1||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Cardinals||Oscar Taveras RF||3||1||1||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Phillies||A.J. Burnett (W, 8-15)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||1||1||2||4|
` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.