Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Kazmir pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven, in the 4-0 win over the Mariners.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of July 2.
|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|
Kazmir also has the highest Box-Toppers player ranking of any of the 12 who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday. Kazmir earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 8.7 for the season and is ranked 12th among all players. He ranks seventh among American League pitchers.
National League Player of the Day—Braves pitcher Manny Banuelos pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven, in the 2-1 win over the Nationals.
This was Baneulos’ 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 3,523rd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
American League Batter of the Day—Alejandro De Aza of the Red Sox tripled, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 12-6 win over the Blue Jays.
National League Batter of the Day—Justin Bour of the Marlins hit a three-run homer in the 5-4 win over the Giants. This was the second day in a row Bour earned Player of the Game honors.
Notables—Two pitchers with more than 10.0 Box-Toppers points started games Thursday but neither earned Player of the Game honors:
- Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (ranked first with 14.0 Box-Toppers points) did not earn Player of the Game in the 2-1 loss to the Braves. Scherzer (8.1IP 5H 2R 9K L) had a Box-Toppers game score of 8.1. Player of the Game was Braves pitcher Manny Banuelos, who had a Box-Toppers game score of 10.2.
- Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (ranked sixth with 11.4 Box-Toppers points) did not earn Player of the Game honors in the 6-1 loss to the Cubs. deGrom (5.1IP 7H 4R 2K L) had a Box-Toppers game score of −8.9. Player of the Game was Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who had a Box-Toppers game score of 8.
Scoring—Kazmir earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Banuelos earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. De Aza and Bour each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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||13.0||Athletics||Scott Kazmir (W, 5-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||0||0||0||7|
|8.0||Cubs||Jake Arrieta (W, 8-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||1||1||0||7|
|8.0||Dbacks||Jeremy Hellickson (W, 6-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||1||1||0||6|
|7.0||Twins||Kyle Gibson (W, 6-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||4||0||0||4||7|
|BAT||4.0||Red Sox||Alejandro De Aza RF LF||5||2||3||4||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Pirates||Francisco Liriano (W, 5-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||0||0||3||5|
|4.0||Padres||Shawn Kelley (W, 1-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||2||0||0||0||4|
|BAT||2.0||Marlins||Justin Bour 1B||3||1||1||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Brewers||Michael Blazek (W, 5-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||1||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.|