Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Buchholz pitched eight innings and allowed one run on five hits, striking out five, in the 3-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of June 29.
|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|
Buchholz had a Box-Toppers game score Monday of 6, tied with Indians pitcher Cody Anderson who was Player of the Game in the 7-1 win over the Rays. However, Buchholz won Player of the Game on a tiebreaker—he had more strikeouts than Anderson (five vs. two).
National League Player of the Day—Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 7-4 win over the Phillies.
American League Batter of the Day—Billy Butler of the Athletics homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 7-1 win over the Rockies.
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 is a batter (Jonathan Lucroy).
Notable—Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson has the highest Box-Toppers player ranking of any of the nine who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. Wilson has 8.4 Box-Toppers points and ranks 13th among all players, seventh among AL pitchers. Wilson (6IP 5H R 5K W in the 4-1 win over the Yankees) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game.
Debuts—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Monday, the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors:
- Tucker Barnhart of the Reds (2B 4-5 R 2BI in the 11-7 win over the Twins) made his Major League debut April 3, 2014, and was playing in his 45th career game. He is the 3,519th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
- Nick Ahmed of the Diamondbacks (HR 2-3 R 2BI in the 10-6 win over the Dodgers) made his Major League debut June 29, 2014, and was playing in his 94th career game. He is the 3,520th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Buchholz earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Lucroy earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Butler 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||6.0||Red Sox||Clay Buchholz (W, 6-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||1||1||0||5|
|6.0||Indians||Cody Anderson (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||1||1||0||2|
|5.0||Astros||Lance McCullers (W, 4-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||1||2||6|
|BAT||4.0||Athletics||Billy Butler DH||4||3||3||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|NL||3.0||Brewers||Jonathan Lucroy C||5||2||4||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Reds||Tucker Barnhart C||5||1||4||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Rangers||Mitch Moreland 1B||5||2||2||3||0||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Dbacks||Nick Ahmed SS||3||1||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Angels||C.J. Wilson (W, 6-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||5||1||1||3||5|