Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fourth in overall player rankings, first among American League pitchers.
Hernandez pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight, in the 5-0 win over the Rangers.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Sept. 10.
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||21.7|
|2||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||21.1|
|3||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||20.4|
|4||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||19.4|
|5||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||19.4|
|6||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||19.1|
|7||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||18.0|
|8||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||17.1|
|9||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||17.0|
|10||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||16.8|
He earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 19.4 for the season. He regains the lead among AL pitchers, passing previous leader Dallas Keuchel of the Astros (19.4).
Hernandez led all players in Box-Toppers points much of the season—including all of May and much of June—but by August nearly fell out of the top 10 list before rebounding. Hernandez lost his lead among all players on July 26 and lost his lead among AL pitchers on Aug. 8.
Hernandez also rises to 11th place among all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. Hernandez now has 162.7 Box-Toppers points, passing John Smoltz (160.9) on the “all-time” list. (It should be noted Smoltz began his career in 1988, so his first seven seasons weren’t recorded by Box-Toppers. Making rough extrapolations, Smoltz would likely have about 250 career Box-Toppers points if all his seasons were included.) Hernandez now trails 10th-ranked player Roger Clemens (164.8).
National League Player of the Day—Todd Frazier of the Reds homered, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 11-0 win over the Cardinals.
Frazier earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 8.9 for the season. He ranks fifth among NL batters.
National League Batter of the Day—There is no NL Batter of the Day for Thursday because the overall NL Player of the Day was batter Todd Frazier.
American League Batter of the Day—There is no AL Batter of the Day for Thursday because no AL batter earned Player of the Game honors.
Scoring—Hernandez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Frazier earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player 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||9.0||Mariners||Felix Hernandez (W,17-8)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||3||0||0||4||8|
|NL||4.0||Reds||Todd Frazier, 3B||5||3||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Rockies||Justin Miller (MR) (W,2-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|3.2||Indians||Cody Allen (W,2-4; BS,4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.2||1||0||0||0||3|
|3.0||Mets||Juan Uribe, 3B||4||1||3||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Brewers||Logan Schafer, CF||1||1||1||1||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|