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Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is Box-Toppers Player of the Day for Monday, Aug. 24.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Aug. 24.
|1||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||19.4|
|2||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||17.1|
|3||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||17.1|
|4||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||16.7|
|5||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||16.0|
|6||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||16.0|
|7||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||oak al||15.8|
|8||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||15.4|
|9||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||15.4|
|10||Harvey, Matt 3075||pi sp||nym nl||15.4|
Also Monday, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester earned Player of the Game honors, giving him 118.1 career Box-Toppers points, rising to 38th place among all players since 1995.
Player of the Day—Eovaldi pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing four hits, in the 1-0 win over the Astros. Eovaldi picked up a no-decision and did not earn the win because he exited with the game tied 0-0.
National League Player of the Day—Pirates pitcher J.A. Happ pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing four hits, in the 5-2 win over the Marlins.
National League Batter of the Day—Wilmer Flores of the Mets homered twice, doubled and went 3-for-6, scoring three times and driving in five runs, in the 16-7 win over the Phillies.
American League Batter of the Day—Rusney Castillo of the Red Sox hit a three-run homer and a two-run double and went 3-for-4 in the 5-4 win over the White Sox.
Notable—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester rose to 38th among all players since 1995 (when Box-Toppers record keeping began) after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.
Lester (8IP 4H 0R 6K ND in the 2-1 win over the Indians) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 118.1 for his career. With his point Monday, he passed two players on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” list—Barry Zito (117.4) and Carlos Delgado (117.7). He trails 37th-place player Cliff Lee (119.1).
Lester also had the highest Box-Toppers season player ranking of any of the 10 who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. Lester has 9.0 Box-Toppers points for the season and ranks 33rd among all players on the season, 15th among NL pitchers.
Scoring—Eovaldi earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Happ earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day. Flores and Castillo each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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
|NL||7.0||Pirates||J.A. Happ (W,6-7)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||0||0||1||6|
|BAT||5.0||Mets||Wilmer Flores, 2B||6||3||3||5||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||5.0||Red Sox||Rusney Castillo, RF||4||1||3||5||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Reds||Eugenio Suarez, SS||5||3||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Athletics||Josh Reddick, RF||5||2||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Braves||Jonny Gomes, LF||4||1||2||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Royals||Omar Infante, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|0.0||Cardinals||Matt Carpenter, 3B||4||2||1||1||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|