Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins is Saturday’s Player of the Day and rises to second place in Box-Toppers player rankings.
Stanton homered, doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in two, in the 8-0 win over the Nationals. He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.5 for the season. He is the overall top-ranked batter and trails only Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, who has 6.0 Box-Toppers points.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of April 25.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||6.0|
|2||Stanton, Giancarlo 2737||rf||fla nl||4.5|
|3||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||4.0|
|4||Kazmir, Scott 1947||pi sp||oak al||3.7|
|5||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||3.7|
|6||DeSclafani, Anthony 3441||pi sp||cin nl||3.7|
|7||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||cin nl||3.4|
|8||Harang, Aaron 1599||pi sp||phi nl||3.4|
|9||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||3.0|
|10||Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||3.0|
American League Player of the Day—Rays pitcher Ernesto Frieri struck out three in an inning of middle relief in the 4-2 win over the Blue Jays. Frieri had the AL-highest Box-Toppers game score Saturday of +4, which was tied with Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, who was Player of the Game in the win over the Red Sox. But Frieri won the tiebreaker as AL Player of the Day because he earned the win in his game while Chen earned no decision.
American League Batter of the Day—Jed Lowrie of the Astros doubled and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 9-3 win over the Athletics.
National League Batter of the Day—Since the top NL player who earned Player of the Game honors was a batter (Stanton) there is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Saturday.
Rankings—Besides Stanton, two other players who earned Player of the Game honors Saturday rose in Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings:
- Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (8.2IP 2R 7K W in the 8-2 win over the Yankees) rose to fifth place. He earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 3.7 for the season.
- Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright (4IP 0R 4K ND in the 5-3 win over the Brewers) rose to 10th place. He earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 3.0 for the season. Wainwright left the game with an ankle injury while batting in the fifth inning and had to be helped off the field. With the Box-Toppers point earned Saturday, Wainwright now has 101.8 career Box-Toppers points and ranks 59th among all players since 1995 when Box-Toppers record keeping began. With Saturdays' point, he passes Tim Wakefield (101.4) and Jason Schmidt (101.2) on that list.
Streak—Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has now earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point for 12 straight seasons. Burnett was Player of the Game in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks (7IP R 4K ND) and earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, his first of the season.
Burnett began the 12-season streak in 2004, the year he earned 3.0 Box-Toppers points with the Marlins and has earned Player of the Game honors at least once in every season since. However, Burnett earned his first Box-Toppers points in 1999 with the Marlins. He did not score any Box-Toppers points in 2003, the only season since 1999 that he had 0.0 points.
Burnett had his best seasons in 2002 and 2005, both with the Marlins, when he scored 13.7 Box-Toppers points. In 2002, he ranked fourth among NL pitchers. In 2005, he ranked ninth among NL pitchers. In 2014, he had 8.0 Box-Toppers points with the Phillies, ranking 37th among NL pitchers.
Burnett has 122.8 career Box-Toppers points and ranks 33rd among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. He ranks 22nd among all pitchers since 1995. His career point total ranks sixth among active pitchers currently in the NL.
Scoring—Stanton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Frieri earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Lowrie earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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||5.0||Marlins||Giancarlo Stanton RF||3||3||3||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.2||Mets||Matt Harvey (W, 4-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.2||5||2||2||2||7|
|4.0||Dodgers||Andre Ethier RF||4||2||3||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|AL||4.0||Rays||Ernesto Frieri (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|BAT||3.0||Astros||Jed Lowrie SS||3||2||2||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Tigers||Joakim Soria (S, 6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|2.0||Braves||Jason Grilli (S, 7)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.0||Twins||Eduardo Nunez LF||4||1||2||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Angels||Grant Green 2B||3||2||2||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Giants||Joe Panik 2B||0||0||0||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|