Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Also Thursday, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke rose to ninth place in Box-Toppers player rankings. Plus, two players with more than 100 career Box-Toppers points earned Player of the Game honors:
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Aug. 6.
|1||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||16.4|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||16.0|
|3||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||15.4|
|4||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||15.1|
|5||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||15.0|
|6||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||14.4|
|7||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||14.4|
|8||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||14.1|
|9||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||14.0|
|10||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||13.7|
- Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, 178.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked fifth among players since 1995.
- Greinke, 139.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 21st among players since 1995.
Player of the Day—Wacha pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out six, in the 3-0 win over the Reds.
American League Player of the Day—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia struck out eight over six innings, allowing one run and three hits, in the 2-1 win over the Red Sox. Sabathia did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because he exited with the score tied, 1-1.
Sabathia earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 178.0 for his career. He ranks fifth among all players since Box-Toppers record keeping began in 1995. He ranks second among active players, behind Alex Rodriguez (187.0, fourth place overall) and first among active pitchers. Sabathia has 4.7 Box-Toppers points this season.
National League Batter of the Day—Khris Davis of the Brewers hit two three-run homers and went 3-for-5 in the 10-1 win over the Padres.
American League Batter of the Day—Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 9-3 win over the Twins.
Rankings—Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke rose to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.
Greinke was the sixth pitcher this season to earn Player of the Game honors for batting (HR 3-3 3R BI in the 10-8 win over the Phillies). It is the first time in his career Greinke has earned Player of the Game honors for batting.
Greinke earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 14.0 for the season and rising to ninth in overall player rankings. He ranks fifth among NL pitchers.
Greinke also now has 139.7 career Box-Toppers points, ranked 21st among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. He trails 20th-place player Jim Thome (146.7).
Debut—Daniel Castro of the Braves made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Castro (3-4 2R in the 9-8 win over the Marlins) made his Major League debut June 17 and was playing in his 10th career game. He is the 3,551st player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Wacha earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Sabathia earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Davis and Encarnacion 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||7.0||Cardinals||Michael Wacha (W,13-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||2||6|
|BAT||6.0||Brewers||Khris Davis, LF||5||2||3||6||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|6.0||Nationals||Joe Ross (W,3-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||5||1||1||0||7|
|BAT||5.0||Blue Jays||Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||2||3||4||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||Tigers||Victor Martinez, DH||4||2||2||5||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Dodgers||Zack Greinke, SP||3||3||3||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Cubs||Kyle Schwarber, C||3||2||1||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Braves||Daniel Castro, SS||4||2||3||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Astros||Carlos Correa, SS||4||1||2||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|