Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Also Sunday, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke rose to 23rd place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995 after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez rose to seventh 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 June 28.
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||14.0|
|2||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||13.4|
|3||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||12.0|
|4||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||12.0|
|5||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||11.4|
|6||Price, David 2593||pi sp||det al||11.1|
|7||Martinez, Carlos 3371||pi sp||stl nl||10.7|
|8||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||10.4|
|9||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||9.7|
|10||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||9.7|
Player of the Day—Jimenez pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven, in the 4-0 win over the Indians.
National League Player of the Day—Braves pitcher Alex Wood pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out eight, in the 2-1 win over the Pirates.
National League Batter of the Day—Mets pitcher Steven Matz doubled and went 3-for-3, driving in four runs, in the 7-2 win over the Reds. Matz is the fourth pitcher this year to earn Player of the Game honors for batting (it was done eight times in 2014).
This was also Matz’ 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 3,516th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
American League Batter of the Day—Salvador Perez of the Royals homered and went 1-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 5-3 win over the Athletics.
Notable—Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke rose to 23rd place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995 (when Box-Toppers record keeping began) after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.
Greinke (7.2IP 4H 0R 6K W in the 2-0 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 133.7 for his career. With his point Sunday, he passes three players on Box-Toppers “all-time” player rankings list: Miguel Cabrera (132.9), Jason Giambi (133.4) and David Ortiz (133.4). He trails 22nd-ranked player Bartolo Colon (136.4). Greinke ranks 17th among all pitchers since 1995.
Greinke also has 8.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, ranked 14th among all players, eighth among NL pitchers.
Rankings—Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez rose to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday. Martinez (6IP 2H R 6K W in the 4-1 win over the Cubs) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season. He ranks fourth among NL pitchers. He is the eighth player this season with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points.
Also, three pitchers with more than 10.0 Box-Toppers points this season started Sunday but did not earn Player of the Game honors:
- Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (ranked second with 13.4 Box-Toppers points) did not earn Player of the Game honors in his team’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Angels. Hernandez (6IP H 0R 8K ND) had a Box-Toppers game score of 10. Player of the Game was Angels pitcher Hector Santiago (7IP 3H R 6 ND) who had a lower Box-Toppers game score of 6, but had the highest game score of any player on the Angels, the winning team.
- Rays pitcher Chris Archer (ranked third with 12.0 Box-Toppers points) did not earn Player of the Game honors in his team’s 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. Archer (6IP 5H 5R 10K L) had a Box-Toppers game score of 0. Player of the Game was Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson (5IP 5H R 6K W) who had a Box-Toppers game score of 5.
- Tigers pitcher David Price (ranked sixth with 11.1 Box-Toppers points) did not earn Player of the Game honors in his team’s 5-4 win over the White Sox. Price (6IP 6H 4R 5K ND) had a Box-Toppers game score of −3. Player of the Game was Tigers closing pitcher Joakim Soria (1IP 0H 0R K W) who had a Box-Toppers game score of 2.
Debut—In addition to Matz, two other players made their Box-Toppers debut Sunday, the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors:
- Jake Lamb of the Diamondbacks (HR 2-4 2R 2BI in the 6-4 win over the Padres) made his Major League debut Aug. 7, 2014, and was playing in his 64th career game. He is the 3,517th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
- Mets pitcher Logan Verrett (2IP H 0R K ND in the 2-1 win over the Reds) made his Major League debut April 8 and was playing in his eighth career game. He is the 3,518th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Jimenez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Wood earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Matz and Perez 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||11.0||Orioles||Ubaldo Jimenez (W, 7-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||4||0||0||0||7|
|NL||10.1||Braves||Alex Wood (W, 5-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.1||5||0||0||0||8|
|10.0||Astros||Collin McHugh (W, 9-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||1||1||2||8|
|9.0||Orioles||Chris Tillman (W, 6-7)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||0||6|
|8.2||Dodgers||Zack Greinke (W, 6-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||4||0||0||1||6|
|7.0||Nationals||Stephen Strasburg (W, 5-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||2||2||1||9|
|5.2||Blue Jays||Drew Hutchison (W, 8-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.2||4||1||0||3||8|
|5.0||Cardinals||Carlos Martinez (W, 9-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||2||1||1||3||6|
|5.0||Red Sox||Justin Masterson (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.0||5||1||0||0||6|
|4.2||Giants||Madison Bumgarner (W, 8-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||5||2||2||2||8|
|BAT||4.0||Mets||Steven Matz P||3||0||3||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Dbacks||Jake Lamb 3B||4||2||2||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||2.0||Royals||Salvador Perez C||4||2||1||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Brewers||Ryan Braun RF||2||1||1||2||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Tigers||Joakim Soria (W, 3-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.0||Phillies||Odubel Herrera CF||5||2||3||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|