Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez is Thursday’s Player of the Day.
Meanwhile, Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang rises to fourth in Box-Toppers player rankings and Shane Victorino of the Red Sox scores a Box-Toppers point for the 10th season in a row.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of May 14.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||8.7|
|2||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||6.0|
|3||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||6.0|
|4||Harang, Aaron 1599||pi sp||phi nl||5.1|
|5||Miller, Shelby 3134||pi sp||atl nl||5.0|
|6||Hosmer, Eric 2886||1b||kc al||5.0|
|7||Harper, Bryce 3011||lf rf||dc nl||5.0|
|8||Heston, Chris 3437||pi sp||sf nl||5.0|
|9||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||4.7|
|10||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||4.7|
Player of the Day—Sanchez struck out nine over eight innings, allowing one run, in the 13-1 win over the Twins.
National League Player of the Day—Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out six, in the 4-2 win over the Pirates.
Harang rises to fourth in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season. He earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 5.1 for the season. He ranks second among NL pitchers, behind Gerrit Cole of the Pirates (6.0).
National League Batter of the Day—Derek Norris of the Padres hit a three-run homer and a two-run triple in the 8-3 win over the Nationals.
American League Batter of the Day—Alcides Escobar of the Royals went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 6-3 win over the Rangers.
Streak—Shane Victorino of the Red Sox has now earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point for 10 straight seasons.
Victorino was Player of the Game in Thursday’s 2-1 win over the Mariners (HR 2-3) and earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, his first of the season.
Victorino earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Phillies. His best season was 2009 with the Phillies, when he had 9.5 Box-Toppers points, 10th among NL batters. In 2014, he had 2.5 Box-Toppers points with the Red Sox.
Victorino has 48.2 career Box-Toppers points, which ranks 24th among active batters currently in the AL.
Scoring—Sanchez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Harang earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Norris and Escobar 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||9.0||Tigers||Anibal Sanchez (W, 3-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||1||1||1||9|
|NL||8.0||Phillies||Aaron Harang (W, 4-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||0||0||1||6|
|6.0||Rays||Erasmo Ramirez (W, 1-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.0||1||0||0||2||4|
|BAT||5.0||Padres||Derek Norris C||3||1||2||5||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Reds||Marlon Byrd LF||2||1||2||3||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.1||Cardinals||Trevor Rosenthal (S, 12)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||1||0||0||0||3|
|3.1||Cubs||Pedro Strop (W, 1-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||2|
|BAT||3.0||Royals||Alcides Escobar SS||5||2||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Rockies||Carlos Gonzalez RF||3||2||1||3||2||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Astros||Chad Qualls (S, 4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.0||Red Sox||Shane Victorino RF||3||1||2||1||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|