Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Tuesday’s Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of May 26.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||9.7|
|2||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||8.0|
|3||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||7.0|
|4||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||7.0|
|5||Miller, Shelby 3134||pi sp||atl nl||7.0|
|6||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||6.7|
|7||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||6.7|
|8||Fielder, Prince 2029||dh||tex al||6.5|
|9||Harper, Bryce 3011||lf rf||dc nl||6.5|
|10||Price, David 2593||pi sp||det al||6.4|
Also Tuesday, Prince Fielder of the Rangers earned Player of the Game honors for the second straight day—and fourth time in five days—rising into Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings. Two other players who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday also rose in Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings for the season—Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Tigers pitcher David Price.
Player of the Day—Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out 10, in the 8-0 win over the Braves.
Kershaw rises to 21st place among all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. He now has 137.6 career Box-Toppers points and passes Bartolo Colon (136.4) on that list. He trails 20th-place player Andy Pettitte (138.5).
Kershaw led all players in 2014 with 31.5 Box-Toppers points, the fourth-highest single-season total in 20 seasons of Box-Toppers record keeping. Tuesday marked the first time this season he earned overall Player of the Day honors, something he did eight times last year. However, despite his high point total last season, he is not that far off his 2014 pace. At this point last season, he had 5.0 Box-Toppers points and had earned Player of the Day honors twice. With the 2.0 Box-Toppers points he earned Tuesday for being Player of the Day, he has 4.0 points this season and ranks 14th among NL pitchers.
American League Player of the Day—Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays hit two home runs, including a walk-off, three-run homer in the 10-9 win over the White Sox. Donaldson also doubled and went 4-for-4, scoring five times and driving in four.
National League Batter of the Day—Randal Grichuk of the Cardinals homered and went 2-for-3, driving in two runs, in the 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day Tuesday since the overall AL Player of the Day was a batter (Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays).
Notable—Prince Fielder of the Rangers earned Player of the Game honors for the second time in as many days and the fourth time in five days, rising into Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings.
Fielder (3R-HR 2B 3-5 in the 4-3 win over the Indians) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.5 for the season, rising to eighth place among all players. Fielder, who Monday rose to lead all AL batters in Box-Toppers points for 2015, now ranks ahead of all batters in baseball this season, passing Bryce Harper of the Nationals, who also has 6.5 points this season. (Harper ranks behind Fielder because he had fewer Box-Toppers points in 2014. Fielder had 1.0 point in 2014, Harper had 0.0.)
Fielder has earned 5.0 Box-Toppers points in the past five days:
- On May 22, he was Player of the Game (1.0 point)
- On May 23, he was AL Batter of the Day (1.5 points)
- On May 25, he was AL Batter of the Day (1.5 points)
- On May 26, he was Player of the Game (1.0 point)
Fielder has earned all 6.5 of his points in the past 14 days. He was AL Batter of the Day on May 13, the first time this season he earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors.
Rankings—Two other player rose in Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings after they earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday:
- Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom rose to sixth place (7.1IP 6H 2R 9K ND in the 5-4, 10-inning win over the Phillies), earning 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.7 for the season. He ranks fourth among NL pitchers.
- Tigers pitcher David Price rose to 10th place (7IP 5H 0R W in the 1-0 win over the Athletics), earning 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.4 for the season. He ranks third among AL pitchers.
Debut—Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Lorenzen (7IP 2H R ND in the 2-1 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut April 29 and was playing in his sixth career game. He is the 3,479th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Donaldson earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Grichuk earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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||13.0||Dodgers||Clayton Kershaw (W, 3-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||0||10|
|AL||9.0||Blue Jays||Josh Donaldson 3B||4||5||4||4||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|7.1||Yankees||Adam Warren (W, 3-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.1||2||1||1||0||5|
|6.0||Mariners||Kyle Seager 3B||5||2||3||6||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Tigers||David Price (W, 4-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||0||0||1||3|
|3.2||Pirates||Jeff Locke (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.2||4||0||0||4||6|
|3.0||Twins||Mike Pelfrey (W, 4-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||1||4|
|3.0||Astros||Luke Gregerson (S, 13)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||Rangers||Prince Fielder DH||5||1||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||2.0||Cardinals||Randal Grichuk CF||3||1||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|