Royals pitcher Joe Blanton is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Blanton struck out seven over six innings, allowing one run and two hits, in the 4-1 win over the Mariners.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of June 22.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||13.4|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||13.0|
|3||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||12.0|
|4||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||11.0|
|5||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||10.4|
|6||Price, David 2593||pi sp||det al||10.1|
|7||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||9.7|
|8||Martinez, Carlos 3371||pi sp||stl nl||9.7|
|9||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||9.7|
|10||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||9.4|
Box-Toppers points leader Felix Hernandez of the Mariners was the losing pitcher in the game. Hernandez (6.2IP 9H 4R 5K L) had a Box-Toppers game score of −6.8. (Blanton had a Box-Toppers game score of 9.) Hernandez has 13.4 Box-Toppers points on the season and has led player rankings all but six days this season, however his lead is narrowing.
National League Player of the Day—Maikel Franco of the Phillies homered twice and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in five runs, in the 11-8 win over the Yankees. This was Franco’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. He made his Major League debut Sept. 2, 2014, and was playing in his 52nd career game. He is the 3,510th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
American League Batter of the Day—Kennys Vargas of the Twins homered and went 4-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 13-2 win over the White Sox. This was Vargas’ Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. He made his Major League debut Aug. 1, 2014, and was playing in his 94th career game. He is the 3,511th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall NL Player of the Day was a batter (Maikel Franco of the Phillies). In fact, no NL pitcher earned Player of the Game honors in the seven games played Monday.
Notable—Yoenis Cespedes of the Tigers has the highest Box-Toppers player ranking of any of the seven who earned Player of the Game honors Monday.
Cespedes has 5.7 Box-Toppers points and ranks 40th among all players, fourth among AL batters. Cespedes (HR 2B 3-3 2R 3BI in the 8-5 win over the Indians) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game.
Debut—In addition to Franco and Vargas, a third player also made his Box-Toppers debut Monday, earning his first career Player of the Game honor—Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna. Osuna (2IP 0H 0R 5K Sv in the 8-5 win over the Rays) made his Major League debut April 8 and was playing in his 31st career game. He is the 3,512th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Blanton earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Franco earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Vargas earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL 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
|MLB||9.0||Royals||Joe Blanton (W, 2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||2||1||1||0||7|
|NL||7.0||Phillies||Maikel Franco 3B||5||3||4||5||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||6.0||Twins||Kennys Vargas DH||4||2||4||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|6.0||Blue Jays||Roberto Osuna (S, 1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||1||5|
|5.0||Tigers||Yoenis Cespedes LF||3||2||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Cubs||Kris Bryant 3B||3||2||2||3||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|