Braves pitcher Shelby Miller, who was one out away from a no-hitter, is Sunday’s Player of the Day and rises to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of May 17.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||8.7|
|2||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||7.0|
|3||Miller, Shelby 3134||pi sp||atl nl||7.0|
|4||Harper, Bryce 3011||lf rf||dc nl||6.5|
|5||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||6.0|
|6||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||6.0|
|7||Harang, Aaron 1599||pi sp||phi nl||5.1|
|8||Hosmer, Eric 2886||1b||kc al||5.0|
|9||Heston, Chris 3437||pi sp||sf nl||5.0|
|10||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||4.7|
Also Sunday, two other players rose in Box-Toppers top 10 rankings after earning Player of the Game honors—Rays pitcher Chris Archer rises to second and Bryce Harper of the Nationals rises to fourth. In addition, one player with more than 100 career Box-Toppers points earned Player of the Game honors, two players made their Box-Toppers debut and one player earned Player of the Game honors for the first time in nearly six years.
Player of the Day—Miller pitched a complete game shutout, allowing two hits and striking out four, in the 6-0 win over the Marlins. Miller was one out away from a no-hitter, but gave up two hits before retiring the final batter, securing the shutout.
Miller earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season and rises to third place in Box-Toppers player rankings. He takes the lead among NL pitchers in Box-Toppers points, passing Max Scherzer of the Nationals (6.0), who had only taken the lead Saturday.
American League Player of the Day—Orioles pitcher Mike Wright pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out six, in the 3-0 win over the Angels.
This was Wright’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. It was also his Major League debut. He is the 3,471st player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
National League Batter of the Day—Bryce Harper of the Nationals hit a three-run homer, a triple and went 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs, in the 10-5 win over the Padres.
Harper earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 6.5 for the season and rises to fourth place in player rankings, the highest ranking of any batter.
American League Batter of the Day—Avisail Garcia of the White Sox homered and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two, in the 7-3 win over the Athletics.
Rankings—Rays pitcher Chris Archer rose to second place in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday. Archer (6IP R 4K W in the 11-3 win over the Twins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.0 for the season. He trails only overall leader Felix Hernandez of the Mariners (8.7). Both Archer and Shelby Miller of the Braves have 7.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, but Archer wins the tiebreaker because he had more points in 2014—12.4 vs. 9.
Debut—Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Syndergaard (6IP R 5K W in the 5-1 win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut May 12 and was playing in his second career game. He is the 3,472nd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Notables—Two other players had notable Box-Toppers achievements Sunday:
- Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett, Player of the Game against the Cubs (7IP 3H 0R 7K W) now has 123.8 career Box-Toppers points. He ranks 33rd among all players since Box-Toppers record keeping began in 1995. His career 123.8 points ranks sixth among active pitchers currently in the NL.
- Phillies pitcher Sean O’Sullivan, Player of the Game against the Diamondbacks (6IP 0R 4K W) earned his first Box-Toppers point in nearly six years. O’Sullivan last earned Player of the Game honors on June 16, 2009, when he made his Box-Toppers debut with the Angels. Sunday was O’Sullivan’s second career Player of the Game honor. O’Sullivan was the 2,604th player to debut in Box-Toppers, meaning that more than 800 players have debuted in Box-Toppers since O’Sullivan last earned Player of the Game honors.
Scoring—Miller earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Wright earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Harper and Garcia each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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||10.0||Braves||Shelby Miller (W, 5-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||2||0||0||1||4|
|AL||9.1||Orioles||Mike Wright (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.1||4||0||0||0||6|
|9.0||Royals||Edinson Volquez (W, 3-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||0|
|7.0||Dodgers||Mike Bolsinger (W, 2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||0||0||2||6|
|BAT||6.0||Nationals||Bryce Harper RF||4||3||3||4||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|6.0||Pirates||A.J. Burnett (W, 3-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||5||7|
|5.0||Astros||Collin McHugh (W, 5-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||2||2||1||9|
|5.0||Mets||Noah Syndergaard (W, 1-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||1||1||1||5|
|4.1||Cardinals||Lance Lynn (W, 3-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.1||6||1||1||2||7|
|4.0||Giants||Santiago Casilla (S, 9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|3.0||Mariners||James Paxton (W, 2-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||0||0||2||2|
|3.0||Rays||Chris Archer (W, 4-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||1||1||1||4|
|3.0||Phillies||Sean O`Sullivan (W, 1-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||5||0||0||2||4|
|BAT||2.0||White Sox||Avisail Garcia RF||5||2||3||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Rangers||Mitch Moreland 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|