Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole is Monday’s Player of the Day, while Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir took the season lead in Box-Toppers points.
Cole struck out eight over six innings, allowing one run and three hits, in the 5-4 win over the Tigers to earn Player of the Day honors.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of April 13.
|1||Kazmir, Scott 1947||pi sp||oak al||3.7|
|2||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||2.0|
|3||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||2.0|
|4||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||2.0|
|5||Odorizzi, Jake 3291||pi sp||tb al||2.0|
|6||Wilson, C.J. 2074||pi sp||ana al||2.0|
|7||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||2.0|
|8||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||2.0|
|9||Street, Huston 1979||pi cp||ana al||2.0|
|10||Pomeranz, Drew 3061||pi sp||oak al||2.0|
American League Player of the Day—Kazmir earned 1.7 Box-Toppers points as AL Player of the Day, giving him 3.7 for the season, the most of any player this season. Kazmir struck out eight over six innings, allowing one run and three hits, in the 8-1 win over the Astros. Kazmir was one of three players Monday who were the first this season to earn Player of the Game honors for the second time. The others were Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi (8IP R 3K W in the 2-1 win over the Blue Jays) and Huston Street (1IP 0R 2K Sv in the 6-3 win over the Rangers). Both Odorizzi and Street have 2.0 Box-Toppers points for the season.
National League Batter of the Day—Jorge Soler of the Cubs hit two two-run homers and went 3-for-5 with three runs in the 7-6 win over the Reds.
American League Batter of the Day—Stephen Drew of the Yankees hit a pinch-hit, go-ahead grand slam in the 6-5 win over the Orioles.
Streak—Nick Markakis of the Braves has now earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point for 10 straight seasons. Markakis (1-2 BI) was Player of the Game in the 3-2 win over the Marlins to earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point. He began his 10-season streak in 2006, when he earned his first Box-Toppers point with the Orioles. His best year was 2009 with the Orioles when he earned 7.7 Box-Toppers points, ranking fifth among AL outfielders. In 2014, he had 3.0 points with the Orioles. Markakis has 38.6 career Box-Toppers points, which ranks him 14th among active outfielders currently in the NL.
Debut—Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia made his Box-Toppers debut Monday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Garcia (1IP 0R 2K W in the 6-5 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut Sept. 1, 2014, and was playing in his 12th career game. He is the 3,440th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995. He is the only player in the Box-Toppers database named "Yimi."
Scoring—Cole earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Kazmir earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Soler and Drew each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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||7.0||Pirates||Gerrit Cole (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||1||1||2||8|
|AL||6.0||Athletics||Scott Kazmir (W, 2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||1||1||3||8|
|BAT||5.0||Cubs||Jorge Soler RF||5||3||3||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||5.0||Yankees||Stephen Drew PH, 2B||1||1||1||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Dbacks||Ender Inciarte CF, RF||5||2||3||4||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Red Sox||Mookie Betts CF||4||2||2||4||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Rays||Jake Odorizzi (W, 2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||1||1||3||3|
|3.0||Angels||Huston Street (S, 3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|3.0||Rockies||Rafael Betancourt (S, 1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|3.0||Dodgers||Yimi Garcia (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||Royals||Eric Hosmer 1B||4||2||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.1||Mets||Jacob deGrom (W, 1-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.1||7||0||0||1||3|
|1.0||Brewers||Carlos Gomez CF||4||2||2||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Braves||Nick Markakis RF||2||0||1||1||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|