Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Also, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, earning Player of the Game honors for the third straight day, rises to lead American League batters in Box-Toppers points with three days to go in the season.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Oct. 1.
|1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||27.1|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||24.7|
|3||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||21.4|
|4||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||21.4|
|5||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||21.1|
|6||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||19.7|
|7||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||19.4|
|8||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||19.0|
|9||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||19.0|
|10||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||18.0|
Player of the Day—Eickhoff pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 and allowing four hits, in the 3-0 win over the Mets.
American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi struck out seven over seven innings, allowing four hits and one unearned run, in the 4-1 win over the Marlins.
American League Batter of the Day—Manny Machado of the Orioles homered twice and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 6-4 win over the Blue Jays.
National League Batter of the Day—Socrates Brito of the Diamondbacks tripled and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in one run, in the 8-6 win over the Rockies.
This was Brito’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Brito made his Major League debut Sept. 8 and was playing in his 15th career game. He is the 3,606th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Rankings—Adrian Beltre of the Rangers rose to first place among AL batters in Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday for the third straight day.
Beltre (2B 2-3 R 3BI in the 5-3 win over the Angels) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.5 for the season. He passes Mike Trout of the Angels (12.0) to lead AL batters.
A week ago, Beltre ranked sixth among AL batters with 9.5 Box-Toppers points. He’s earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to rise to the AL lead and ranks 24th among all players.
If Beltre’s lead holds through the final three days of the season, his 12.5 Box-Toppers points would be tied for the lowest point total to lead AL batters in a single season. In 2008, Aubrey Huff of the Orioles led AL batters with 12.5 points. In 2012, Beltre led AL batters with 13.0 Box-Toppers points, his best season. He had 0.0 Box-Toppers points in 2014. While in 2014, Beltre had batting numbers similar to or better than this year, the Rangers did not win as many games.
Beltre also rises to 62nd place among players in Box-Toppers points since 1995 (when record keeping began). Beltre has 101.8 career Box-Toppers points and passes three players on the “all-time” list—Jason Schmidt (101.2), Tim Wakefield (101.4) and Adam Wainwright (101.8). He trails 61st-ranked player Ken Griffey Jr. (102.2).
It should be noted that Wakefield and Griffey both began their careers before the advent of Box-Toppers and would likely have higher point totals if their entire career were tracked. Wakefield started in 1992 and would likely have about 110 Box-Toppers points, according to rough projections. Griffey started in 1989 and would likely have about 140. Schmidt debuted in 1995 and Wainwright in 2005, so their entire careers have been tracked by Box-Toppers.
Notable—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg rose to 10th place among NL pitchers in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.
Strasburg (6IP 6H 0R 7K W in the 3-0 win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 14.0 for the season. He ranks 17th among all players.
Reports—Our usual Friday reports on team and player rankings will be delayed until after the season’s final games Sunday. Here are last week’s penultimate (and also next-to-last) team rankings and player rankings reports of the season.
Scoring—Eickhoff earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Odorizzi earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Machado and Brito each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
About Box-Toppers—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. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point 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||Phillies||Jerad Eickhoff (W,3-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||1||10|
|10.0||Padres||Ian Kennedy (W,9-15)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||5||1||1||0||11|
|AL||7.0||Rays||Jake Odorizzi (W,9-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||0||2||7|
|6.0||Nationals||Stephen Strasburg (W,11-7)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||6||0||0||1||7|
|BAT||5.0||Orioles||Manny Machado, 3B||4||3||3||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||Cubs||Jason Hammel (W,10-7)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.0||5||0||0||0||5|
|4.0||`Yankees||Adam Warren (MR)||-||-||-||-||-||-||3.0||1||0||0||1||3|
|BAT||3.0||Dbacks||Socrates Brito, PH-LF||3||2||3||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Rangers||Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||1||2||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.2||Dodgers||Brett Anderson (W,10-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||4||2||2||0||3|
|2.0||Royals||Jonny Gomes, RF||2||0||1||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Twins||Kevin Jepsen (S,15)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|