Mariners pitcher Mike Montgomery is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of June 30.
|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||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||11.4|
|6||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||11.4|
|7||Price, David 2593||pi sp||det al||11.1|
|8||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||10.7|
|9||Martinez, Carlos 3371||pi sp||stl nl||10.7|
|10||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||9.7|
Also Tuesday, two players rose in Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors—White Sox pitcher Chris Sale rose to fifth place and Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel rose to eighth place. Plus, Brewers closing pitcher Francisco Rodriguez has now earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point for 13 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.
Player of the Day—Montgomery pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout, striking out seven, in the 5-0 win over the Padres.
Montgomery had a Box-Toppers game score of 11, tied with White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who was Player of the Game in the 2-1 win over the Cardinals. But Montgomery won overall Player of the Day on a tiebreaker because he earned the win in his game, while Sale picked up a no decision in his.
National League Player of the Day—Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing three hits, in the 1-0 win over the Mets.
American League Batter of the Day—Mitch Moreland of the Rangers hit two home runs and drove in four runs in the 8-6 win over the Orioles.
National League Batter of the Day—Howie Kendrick of the Dodgers homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, driving in two runs, in the 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
Rankings—Two pitchers in Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings who started Tuesday earned Player of the Game honors. But another top 10 pitcher who started Tuesday did not:
- White Sox pitcher Chris Sale rose to fifth in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors in the 2-1, 11-inning win over the Cardinals (8IP 6H R 12K ND). Sale earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.4 for the season. He ranks third among AL pitchers.
- Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel rose to eighth in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors in the 4-0 win over the Royals (8IP 7H 0R 7K W). Keuchel earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season. He is the ninth player with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points this season. He ranks fifth among AL pitchers.
- Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, ranked fourth in Box-Toppers player rankings, did not earn Player of the Game honors in his start Tuesday. Cole (6.2IP 9H 2R 6K ND) had a Box-Toppers game score of −0.8 in the 5-4, 14-inning win over the Tigers. Player of the Game was closing pitcher Deolis Guerra (3IP 3H 0R 3K W), who had a Box-Toppers game score of 3. Cole has 12.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked second among NL pitchers.
Streak—Brewers closing pitcher Francsico Rodriguez has now earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point for 13 straight seasons.
Rodriguez was Player of the Game in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Phillies (1IP 0H 0R 2K Sv) and earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, his first of the season.
Rodriguez earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2003 with the Angels. The most Box-Toppers points he had in a single season was 10.0, in both 2005 and 2008 with the Angels. In 2014, he had 4.0 Box-Toppers points with the Brewers.
Rodriguez has 60.4 career Box-Toppers points and ranks 12th among all closing pitchers since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. He has more career Box-Toppers points than all active closing pitchers—second place is Joe Nathan of the Tigers (52.0).
Debut—Pirates pitcher Deolis Guerra made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Guerra (3IP 3H 0R 3K W in the 5-4, 14-inning win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut June 27 and was playing in his third career game. He is the 3,521st player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Montgomery earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hendricks earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Moreland and Kendrick each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s 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||11.0||Mariners||Mike Montgomery (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||1||0||0||4||7|
|11.0||`White Sox||Chris Sale||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||6||1||1||1||12|
|8.0||Astros||Dallas Keuchel (W, 10-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||7||0||0||0||7|
|8.0||Angels||Andrew Heaney (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||1||1||2||7|
|NL||8.0||Cubs||Kyle Hendricks (W, 3-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||0||0||1||6|
|7.2||Nationals||Jordan Zimmermann (W, 6-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||6||0||0||0||6|
|BAT||5.0||Rangers||Mitch Moreland 1B||3||2||2||4||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||`Marlins||Carter Capps (H, 5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|3.0||Rockies||Jorge De La Rosa (W, 5-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||4||4|
|3.0||Pirates||Deolis Guerra (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||3.0||3||0||0||0||3|
|2.2||Indians||Danny Salazar (W, 7-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||2||2||1||2||2|
|BAT||2.0||Dodgers||Howie Kendrick 2B||5||1||4||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Twins||Eduardo Nunez SS||4||2||3||1||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Red Sox||Eduardo Rodriguez (W, 4-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||1||1||2||4|
|2.0||Brewers||Francisco Rodriguez (S, 17)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|