Red Sox pitcher Rich Hill is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, marking the first time he’s earned Box-Toppers points in more than six years.
Also Sunday, Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke rose to fourth place in Box-Toppers player rankings and Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rose to 10th.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Sept. 13.
|1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||22.1|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||21.7|
|3||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||20.4|
|4||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||19.7|
|5||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||19.4|
|6||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||19.4|
|7||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||19.1|
|8||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||17.1|
|9||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||17.0|
|10||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||17.0|
Player of the Day—Hill pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out 10, in the 2-0, 13-inning win over the Rays. Hill did not pick up the win, earning a no-decision, because he exited with the game in a scoreless tie.
This was the first time Hill has earned Player of the Game honors since June 1, 2009, with the Orioles, when he was Player of the Day. Hill’s best season was 2007 with the Cubs when he had 11.7 Box-Toppers points.
National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out 10, in the 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Greinke earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 19.7 for the season and rising to fourth place in player rankings. He also ranks fourth place among NL pitchers.
Greinke now also has 145.4 career Box-Toppers points, maintaining his rank of 21st place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. He trails 20th-place player Jim Thome (146.7).
American League Batter of the Day—Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hit two homers and drove in five runs in the 12-4 win over the Athletics.
National League Batter of the Day—Matt Adams of the Cardinals hit a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the 9-2 win over the Reds.
Rankings—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rose to 10th place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday. Scherzer (8IP 5H 0R 6K W in the 5-0 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 17.0 for the season. He ranks sixth among NL pitchers.
Scherzer also rises to 61st place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. With his point Sunday, Scherzer now has 102.0 career Box-Toppers points and passes three players on the “all-time” list—Jason Schmidt (101.2), Tim Wakefield (101.4) and Adam Wainwright (101.8). He trails 60th-place player Ken Griffey Jr. (102.2).
Debut—Dixon Machado of the Tigers made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Machado (2B 2-3 2R 2BI in the 9-2 win over the Indians) made his Major League debut May 25 and was playing in his ninth career game. He is the 3,590th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Hill earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Greinke earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Beltre and Adams each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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||15.0||`Red Sox||Rich Hill||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||1||0||0||1||10|
|NL||11.0||Dodgers||Zack Greinke (W,17-3)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||3||0||0||2||8|
|10.0||Yankees||Masahiro Tanaka (W,12-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||0||7|
|9.0||Nationals||Max Scherzer (W,12-11)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||0||0||0||6|
|8.2||Twins||Kyle Gibson (W,10-10)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||5||0||0||1||7|
|BAT||4.0||Rangers||Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||2||2||5||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Astros||Jed Lowrie, DH||1||1||1||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Orioles||Jonathan Schoop, 2B||4||2||3||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Tigers||Dixon Machado, SS||3||2||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||3.0||Cardinals||Matt Adams, PH-1B||1||1||1||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Giants||Angel Pagan, CF||4||3||2||1||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Mets||Curtis Granderson, RF||3||1||1||3||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Phillies||Ryan Howard, 1B||3||1||1||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Pirates||Pedro Alvarez, 1B||2||2||1||1||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Rockies||John Axford (S,23)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|1.0||Indians||Chris Johnson, 1B||4||0||3||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|