Brewers pitcher Taylor Jungmann is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Also Saturday, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale rose to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, A.J. Burnett of the Pirates became the fifth pitcher this season to earn Player of the Game honors for batting and rose to 30th place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of July 11.
|1||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||14.4|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||14.0|
|3||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||13.4|
|4||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||13.4|
|5||Price, David 2593||pi sp||det al||13.1|
|6||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||12.0|
|7||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||12.0|
|8||Martinez, Carlos 3371||pi sp||stl nl||11.7|
|9||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||11.0|
|10||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||10.7|
Player of the Day—Jungmann pitched a complete game, allowing one run on three hits and striking out seven, in the 7-1 win over the Dodgers.
American League Player of the Day—Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out six, in the 5-0 win over the Angels.
Jungmann and Iwakuma both had Box-Toppers game scores of 9.0 Saturday, but Jungmann earned overall Player of the Day on a tiebreaker—he pitched nine innings, while Iwakuma pitched eight.
National League Batter of the Day—J.T. Realmuto of the Marlins homered, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 14-3 win over the Reds.
Realmuto had a Box-Toppers game score of 4.0, tied with Yangervis Solarte of the Padres, Player of the Game in the 6-5 win over the Rangers, but Solarte earned NL Batter of the Day honors on a tiebreaker—he had more at bats (five vs. three).
American League Batter of the Day—Josh Reddick of the Athletics doubled and went 2-for-2, scoring twice and driving in a run, in the 5-4 win over the Indians.
Reddick had a Box-Toppers game score of 3.0, tied with Danny Valencia of the Blue Jays, who was Player of the Game in the 6-2 win over the Royals, but Reddick earned AL Batter of the Day honors on a tiebreaker—he had more hits (two vs. one).
Rankings—White Sox pitcher Chris Sale rose to third place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday. Sale (7IP 6H R 10K W in the 5-1 win over the Cubs) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 13.4 for the season. He ranks second among AL pitchers, behind overall leader Felix Hernandez of the Mariners (14.4 Box-Toppers points).
Notable—A.J. Burnett of the Pirates became the fifth pitcher this season to earn Player of the Game honors for batting. Burnett (HR 1-1 R BI in the 6-5, 14-inning win over the Cardinals) also rose to 30th place among all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. With his 1.0 Box-Toppers point earned Saturday, Burnett has 127.8 career points and passes Roy Oswalt (127.2 Box-Toppers points) on the “all-time” list. He trails 29th-place player, Vladimir Guerrero (128.3). Burnett has 6.0 Box-Toppers points this season and ranks 22nd among NL pitchers.
Saturday was the first time in Burnett’s career he earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for batting. He made his Box-Toppers debut in 1999 and pitched for NL teams (where he was more likely to bat) all but six seasons.
Also notable—Mets pitcher Matt Harvey became the 11th player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors. Harvey (7IP 5H 2R 9K W in the 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season. He ranks 11th among all players, sixth among NL pitchers. (Harvey also hit his first career home run in the win Saturday.)
Scoring—Jungmann earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Iwakuma earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Realmuto and Reddick each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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||Brewers||Taylor Jungmann (W,4-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||3||1||1||2||7|
|AL||9.0||Mariners||Hisashi Iwakuma (W,1-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||3||0||0||2||6|
|8.0||White Sox||Chris Sale (W,8-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||1||1||1||10|
|5.2||Rays||Jake Odorizzi (W,5-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.2||2||0||0||3||5|
|BAT||4.0||Marlins||J.T. Realmuto, C||5||2||3||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Padres||Yangervis Solarte, 3B||3||3||2||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Nationals||Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||2||2||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||3.0||Athletics||Josh Reddick, RF||2||2||2||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Blue Jays||Danny Valencia, 3B||2||1||1||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Mets||Matt Harvey (W,8-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||2||2||4||9|
|3.0||`Rockies||Jorge De La Rosa||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||2||2||2||7|
|2.0||Giants||Brandon Crawford, SS||4||2||3||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Twins||Aaron Hicks, CF||3||1||2||2||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Pirates||A.J. Burnett, P||1||1||1||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Red Sox||Koji Uehara (S,22)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|