Braves pitcher Shelby Miller is Monday’s Player of the Day and rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season.
Meanwhile, Mark Teixeira of the Yankees has now earned Box-Toppers points for 13 straight seasons and Cubs phenom Kris Bryant is one of two players to earn their career-first Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of May 11.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||8.7|
|2||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||6.0|
|3||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||5.0|
|4||Miller, Shelby 3134||pi sp||atl nl||5.0|
|5||Harper, Bryce 3011||lf rf||dc nl||5.0|
|6||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||4.7|
|7||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||4.7|
|8||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||4.7|
|9||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||4.7|
|10||Stanton, Giancarlo 2737||rf||fla nl||4.5|
Player of the Day—Miller struck out eight over seven innings and allowed one run in the 2-1 win over the Reds. Miller earned no decision because he left the game with the score tied 1-1—the Braves scored the go-ahead run in the ninth.
Miller earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 5.0 for the season, moving up to fourth in Box-Toppers player rankings, second among NL pitchers, behind Gerrit Cole of the Pirates (6.0).
American League Player of the Day—Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis allowed one run over seven innings and struck out five in the 8-2 win over the Royals.
American League Batter of the Day—Mark Teixeira of the Yankees hit a two-run homer, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 11-5 win over the Rays.
Teixeira has now earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point for 13 straight seasons with his first Player of the Game honor of the season. He earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2003 with the Rangers. His best season was 2009 with the Yankees when he had 11.5 Box-Toppers points, sixth among AL batters. In 2014, he had 2.0 Box-Toppers points with the Yankees.
Teixeira has 91.3 career Box-Toppers points and ranks 86th among all players since 1995 when Box-Toppers record keeping began. His career point total ranks 37th among all batters since 1995, seventh among active batters currently in the AL and third among active batters currently on the Yankees—behind Alex Rodriguez (183.8) and Carlos Beltran (95.4).
National League Batter of the Day—Scott Van Slyke of the Dodgers hit a walk-off three-run homer in the 5-3 win over the Marlins. Van Slyke also doubled and went 3-for-4 with two runs.
Debuts—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Monday, the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors:
- Kris Bryant of the Cubs (HR 1-2 R 2BI in the 4-3 win over the Mets) made his Major League debut April 17 and was playing in his 23rd career game. He is the 3,465th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
- Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes (2IP 0R K W in the 5-4 win over the Athletics) made his Major League debut Sept. 9, 2014, and was playing in his eighth career game. He is the 3,466th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Miller earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Lewis earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Teixeira and Van Slyke 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
|5.0||Nationals||Max Scherzer (W, 3-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||1||6|
|AL||5.0||Rangers||Colby Lewis (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||1||1||2||5|
|BAT||4.0||Yankees||Mark Teixeira 1B||5||3||4||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||4.0||Dodgers||Scott Van Slyke LF||4||2||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Orioles||Ubaldo Jimenez (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||2||2||2||9|
|2.0||Brewers||Carlos Gomez CF||4||2||2||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Cubs||Kris Bryant 3B||2||1||1||2||2||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Red Sox||Matt Barnes (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||1||1|
|1.0||Pirates||Starling Marte LF||4||1||1||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|