Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, maintaining his lead in player rankings.
Also Tuesday, Mike Trout of the Angels took the lead among American League batters in Box-Toppers points.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Sept. 22.
|1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||25.1|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||22.7|
|3||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||21.1|
|4||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||20.4|
|5||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||20.4|
|6||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||19.7|
|7||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||19.4|
|8||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||18.0|
|9||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||17.1|
|10||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||17.0|
Player of the Day—Arrieta pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 11 and allowing three hits, in the 4-0 win over the Brewers.
Arrieta earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 25.1 for the season. He becomes the 21st player with 25.0 or more Box-Toppers points in a single season since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began.
With his points Tuesday, he takes a 2.4-point lead over second-place player and fellow NL pitcher Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. That means Kershaw would need to earn Box-Toppers points in each of what would likely be his final two starts of the season to have a chance to pass Arrieta. Kershaw has led NL pitchers for the past four seasons. Only one player has led his league category in Box-Toppers points in more consecutive seasons since 1995—Randy Johnson led NL pitchers five straight years from 1998 to 2002.
American League Player of the Day—Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 and allowing three hits, in the 11-2 win over the Royals.
Iwakuma earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 13.1 for the season. He ranks 20th among all players and 10th among AL pitchers.
National League Batter of the Day—Cody Asche of the Phillies homered twice and went 3-for-4, scoring three runs, in the 6-2 win over the Marlins.
Best seasonsHere are all players who have earned 25 or more Box-Toppers points in a single season since 1995, ranked by their single-season Box-Toppers point total. Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta Tuesday became the 21st player in 21 seasons with 25 or more Box-Toppers points and ranks 21st on the list.
|1||Randy Johnson||Dbacks||pi sp||2000||33.7|
|1||Randy Johnson||Dbacks||pi sp||2002||33.7|
|3||Pedro Martinez||Red Sox||pi sp||2000||33.5|
|4||Randy Johnson||Dbacks||pi sp||1999||31.5|
|4||Clayton Kershaw||Dodgers||pi sp||2014||31.5|
|6||Pedro Martinez||Red Sox||pi sp||1999||31.4|
|7||Randy Johnson||Dbacks||pi sp||2001||29.4|
|8||Pedro Martinez||Red Sox||pi sp||2002||28.8|
|9||Curt Schilling||Dbacks||pi sp||2002||28.4|
|10||Roger Clemens||Blue Jays||pi sp||1997||27.4|
|11||Johan Santana||Twins||pi sp||2004||26.8|
|12||Pedro Martinez||Expos||pi sp||1997||26.7|
|12||CC Sabathia||Indians/Brewers||pi sp||2008||26.7|
|14||Randy Johnson||Mariners/Astros||pi sp||1998||26.4|
|15||John Smoltz||Braves||pi sp||1996||26.1|
|15||Clayton Kershaw||Dodgers||pi sp||2011||26.1|
|17||Roger Clemens||Blue Jays||pi sp||1998||25.8|
|17||Corey Kluber||Indians||pi sp||2014||25.8|
|19||Johan Santana||Twins||pi sp||2006||25.7|
|20||Cliff Lee||Phillies||pi sp||2011||25.4|
|21||*Jake Arrieta||Cubs||pi sp||2015||25.1|
|* Current season|
American League Batter of the Day—Delino DeShields of the Rangers went 1-for-2, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 8-6 win over the Athletics.
Rankings—Mike Trout of the Angels took the lead among AL batters in Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.
Trout (HR 1-3 R 2BI in the 4-3 win over the Astros) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 12.0 for the season. He passes Prince Fielder of the Rangers (11.5) to lead AL batters. Trout ranks 25th among all players.
Notable—Two others who earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors Tuesday achieved notable milestones:
- Giants pitcher Chris Heston rose to 12th place among NL pitchers in Box-Toppers points. Heston (4.1IP 2H 0R 7K ND in the 4-2 win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 11.4 for the season. He ranks 29th among all players.
- Cardinals pitcher John Lackey maintained his rank of 55th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. Lackey (7IP 9H R 7K W in the 3-1 win over the Reds) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 107.8 for his career. He trails 54th-ranked player Lance Berkman (108.1). He has 9.7 Box-Toppers points for the season, ranked 17th among NL pitchers.
Scoring—Arrieta earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Iwakuma earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Asche and DeShields each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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||16.0||Cubs||Jake Arrieta (W,20-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||3||0||0||1||11|
|AL||13.0||Mariners||Hisashi Iwakuma (W,9-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||1||10|
|8.0||Dbacks||Robbie Ray (W,5-12)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||0||0||2||7|
|6.0||Twins||Ervin Santana (W,6-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||1||7|
|5.0||Braves||Matt Wisler (W,6-8)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||2||2||1||8|
|BAT||4.0||Phillies||Cody Asche, 3B||4||3||3||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||`Orioles||Brad Brach (MR) (H,12)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||1||3|
|BAT||3.0||Rangers||Delino DeShields, CF||2||2||1||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Cardinals||John Lackey (W,13-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||9||1||1||0||7|
|3.0||`Pirates||Joakim Soria (MR) (H,9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|2.0||Yankees||Carlos Beltran, RF||3||1||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Rays||Brad Boxberger (S,36)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|1.0||Angels||Mike Trout, CF||3||1||1||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|