Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and maintains his spot at second place in season player rankings.
Kershaw pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout, striking out 13, in the 8-0 win over the Giants.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Sept. 29.
|1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||27.1|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||24.7|
|3||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||21.4|
|4||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||21.4|
|5||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||21.1|
|6||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||19.7|
|7||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||19.4|
|8||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||19.0|
|9||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||pit nl||19.0|
|10||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||18.0|
Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 24.7 for the season. He still trails overall and National League pitching leader Jake Arrieta (27.1) by 2.4 Box-Toppers points. And with five days left in the season, Kershaw has no realistic shot of catching him, ending his streak of four straight years leading NL pitchers and two straight years of leading all players in Box-Toppers points.
Kershaw had a Box-Toppers game score Tuesday of +20. It is the eighth time this season that a player has had a Box-Toppers game score of +20 or more.
Kershaw also rose to 13th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. With his points Tuesday, Kershaw has 158.3 career Box-Toppers points and passes Tim Hudson (157.0), who had earlier passed Kershaw. John Smoltz (160.9) is ranked just ahead of Kershaw on the “all-time” list at 12th place. Kershaw is the third-ranked active pitcher in career Box-Toppers points, behind CC Sabathia of the Yankees (187.0) and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners (162.7).
American League Player of the Day—Angels pitcher Nick Tropeano struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits, in the 8-1 win over the Athletics.
American League Batter of the Day—Blake Swihart of the Red Sox hit two homers and drove in five runs in the 10-4 win over the Yankees.
National League Batter of the Day—A.J. Pierzynski of the Braves hit two homers and went 3-for-3 in the 2-1 win over the Nationals.
With Tuesday’s Player of the Game honor, his first of the season, Pierzynski has now earned Box-Toppers points for 13 straight seasons. He earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2001 with the Twins, but his current 13-season streak began in 2003 with the Twins. His best year was 2012 with the White Sox, when he had 6.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked fourth among AL catchers. In 2014, he had 1.0 Box-Toppers point with the Red Sox (and later played with the Cardinals that season).
Pierzynski has 47.2 career Box-Toppers points, which ranks 331st among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. However, he ranks sixth among all catchers in that time and ranks second among active catchers in career Box-Toppers points, behind Brian McCann of the Yankees (55.2).
Notable—Others who earned Player of the Game honors Tuesday had notable achievements:
- Adrian Beltre of the Rangers rose to third place among AL batters in season Box-Toppers points. Beltre (3-5 R 2BI in the 7-6 win over the Tigers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.5 for the season. He trails Mike Trout of the Angels (12.0) and Prince Fielder of the Rangers (11.5). Beltre becomes the 43rd player—and eighth batter—this season with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points.
- Phillies pitcher Adam Loewen earned his first Box-Toppers points in four years and his first points as a pitcher in nine years Tuesday. Loewen (0.1IP 0H 0R K W in the 4-3 win over the Mets) last earned Box-Toppers points as a right fielder with the Blue Jays on Sept. 28, 2011. He last earned Box-Toppers points as a pitcher with the Orioles on Aug. 22, 2006.
- Cubs pitcher Dan Haren maintains his rank of 49th among all players since 1995 (when Box-Toppers record keeping began). Haren (7.1IP 3H 0R 6K W in the 4-1 win over the Reds) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 112.2 for his career. He trails 48th-ranked player Kevin Brown (112.8). Haren has 4.0 Box-Toppers points on the season.
Debut—Diamondbacks pitcher Silvino Bracho made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Bracho (1.2IP 0H 0R 2K ND in the 4-3 win over the Rockies) made his Major League debut Aug. 30 and was playing in his 11th career game. He is the 3,605th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Tropeano earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Swihart and Pierzynski 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||20.0||Dodgers||Clayton Kershaw (W,16-7)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||1||0||0||1||13|
|AL||11.2||Angels||Nick Tropeano (W,3-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.2||3||1||1||1||11|
|10.1||Cubs||Dan Haren (W,10-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.1||3||0||0||0||6|
|BAT||5.0||Red Sox||Blake Swihart, C||4||2||2||5||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||4.0||Braves||A.J. Pierzynski, C||3||2||3||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.2||`Dbacks||Silvino Bracho (MR)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.2||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||Brewers||Jean Segura, SS||4||1||2||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Mariners||Robinson Cano, 2B||3||1||1||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Rays||Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||3||2||1||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||White Sox||Carlos Sanchez, 2B||2||2||2||0||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.1||Phillies||Adam Loewen (MR) (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||0.1||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.0||Rangers||Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||1||3||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|