Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Estrada pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out 10, in the 1-0, 12-inning win over the Rays. Estrada picked up a no decision and did not earn the win because he left the game in scoreless tie. Estrada had a perfect game before allowing a hit in the eighth inning.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of June 24.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||13.4|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||13.0|
|3||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||12.0|
|4||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||12.0|
|5||Price, David 2593||pi sp||det al||11.1|
|6||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||10.4|
|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|
National League Player of the Day—Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson allowed one run on two hits over eight innings, striking out five, in the 4-1 win over the Mets.
American League Batter of the Day—Brett Lawrie of the Athletics hit a grand slam and went 3-for-5 in the 8-2 win over the Rangers.
National League Batter of the Day—Yasmany Tomas of the Diamondbacks doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in a run, in the 8-7 win over the Rockies.
Notable—Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has the highest Box-Toppers player ranking of any of the 15 who earned Player of the Game honors Wednesday.
Vogelsong has 7.0 Box-Toppers points and ranks 21st among all players, 13th among NL pitchers. Vogelsong (6IP 5H 0R 4K W in the 6-0 win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game.
Rankings—Two pitchers ranked among Box-Toppers top 10 players this season started Wednesday but both failed to earn Player of the Game honors as their teams both lost:
- Gerrit Cole of the Pirates ranks fourth in player rankings with 12.0 Box-Toppers points, but lost 5-2 to the Reds. Cole (4.2IP 8H 5R 8K L) had a Box-Toppers game score of −11.8. Player of the Game was Reds closing pitcher J.J. Hoover (1IP 0H 0R 2K Sv) who had a Box-Toppers game score of 3.
- Chris Sale of the White Sox ranks sixth in player rankings with 10.4 Box-Toppers points, but lost 6-1 to the Twins. Sale (6.2IP 8H 6R 10K L) had a Box-Toppers game score of −3.8. Player of the Game was Twins pitcher Phil Hughes (8IP 6H R 5K W) who had a Box-Toppers game score of 5.
Streak—Omar Infante of the Royals has now earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point for 12 straight seasons.
Infante was Player of the Game in Wednesday’s 8-2 win over the Mariners (2B 3-4 R 3BI) and earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, his first of the season.
Infante earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2004 with the Tigers. His best year was 2012 when he had 4.5 Box-Toppers points with the Tigers and ranked third among AL second basemen. Infante had 4.0 Box-Toppers points in 2014 with the Royals.
Infante has 29.5 career Box-Toppers points, which ranks fifth among active AL second basemen.
Return—Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for the first time in more than five years Wednesday. Howell (1.1IP H 0R K W in the 5-2 win over the Cubs) last earned Player of the Game honors on Aug. 5, 2009, when he was with the Rays.
Debut—Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Heaney (6IP 4H R 5K ND in the 2-1, 13-inning win over the Astros) made his Major League debut June 19, 2014, and was playing in his eighth career game. He is the 3,515th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Estrada earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Nelson earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Lawrie and Tomas each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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||16.2||`Blue Jays||Marco Estrada||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.2||2||0||0||0||10|
|NL||8.0||Brewers||Jimmy Nelson (W, 4-8)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||1||1||1||5|
|5.0||Indians||Carlos Carrasco (W, 9-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||2||2||1||7|
|5.0||Twins||Phil Hughes (W, 6-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||6||1||1||0||5|
|4.0||Cardinals||Jaime Garcia (W, 3-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||0||4|
|BAT||3.0||Athletics||Brett Lawrie 3B||5||1||3||4||0||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Royals||Omar Infante 2B||4||1||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Red Sox||Clay Buchholz (W, 5-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||8||1||1||1||7|
|3.0||Giants||Ryan Vogelsong (W, 6-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||5||0||0||2||4|
|3.0||Reds||J.J. Hoover (S, 1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.2||Yankees||Ivan Nova (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.2||3||0||0||2||1|
|BAT||2.0||Dbacks||Yasmany Tomas RF||5||2||4||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.1||Dodgers||J.P. Howell (W, 3-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.1||1||0||0||0||1|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|