Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, pitching a no-hitter, is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Also Wednesday, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom extends his lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw rises to second place.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Aug. 12.
|1||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||18.4|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||16.7|
|3||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||16.1|
|4||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||16.0|
|5||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||15.8|
|6||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||15.4|
|7||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||15.4|
|8||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||15.0|
|9||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||14.4|
|10||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||14.4|
Player of the Day—Iwakuma no-hit the Orioles, striking out seven and walking three, in the 3-0 win.
Iwakuma earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 7.7 for the season and ranks 19th among American League pitchers.
National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight, in the 3-0 win over the Nationals. Kershaw had a perfect game into the sixth inning.
His Box-Toppers game score Wednesday was 13, the same as Iwakuma’s, but Iwakuma won overall Player of the Day because he had more innings pitched, nine vs. eight.
Kershaw earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 16.7 for the season. He rises to second place among all players in Box-Toppers player rankings, trailing overall leader, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (18.4 Box-Toppers points).
Kershaw also rises to 17th place among all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995, when record keeping began. With his points Wednesday, Kershaw has 150.3 career Box-Toppers points and passes one player on the “all-time” list—Chipper Jones (149.0 Box-Toppers points). Kershaw ranks sixth among all active players.
American League Batter of the Day—Miguel Sano of the Twins hit two homers and went 3-for-3, driving in six runs, in the 11-1 win over the Rangers.
National League Batter of the Day—J.T. Realmuto of the Marlins hit a grand slam and a triple, going 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in six runs, in the 14-6 win over the Red Sox.
Rankings—Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom extended his season Box-Toppers points lead after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.
deGrom (7IP 2H 0R 10K W in the 3-0 win over the Rockies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 18.4 for the season.
Debut—Cameron Rupp of the Phillies made his Box-Toppers debut Wednesday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors.
Rupp (3-R HR 1-3 4BI in the 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks) made his Major League debut Sept. 10, 2013, and was playing in his 71st career game. He is the 3,556th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Iwakuma earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Kershaw earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Sano and Realmuto each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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||Mariners||Hisashi Iwakuma (W,4-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||0||0||0||3||7|
|NL||13.0||Dodgers||Clayton Kershaw (W,10-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||3||0||0||0||8|
|11.0||Mets||Jacob deGrom (W,11-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||4||10|
|BAT||8.0||Twins||Miguel Sano, DH||3||2||3||6||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||7.0||Marlins||J.T. Realmuto, C||5||3||3||6||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||Reds||Joey Votto, 1B||4||3||3||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||Astros||Scott Feldman (W,5-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||0||0||1||4|
|4.2||Indians||Cody Allen (S,23)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.2||0||0||0||0||3|
|4.0||Blue Jays||Chris Colabello, DH||4||2||2||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Phillies||Cameron Rupp, C||3||1||1||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||`Cardinals||Kevin Siegrist (H,22)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|2.0||White Sox||Matt Albers (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||3||0||0||0||3|
|2.0||Rays||Alex Colome (W,5-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.0||Tigers||Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||2||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|