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Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon is Box-Toppers Player of the Day for Monday, Aug. 31.
Also Monday, Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings and Rays pitcher Chris Archer rises to 10th place.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Aug. 31.
|1||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||19.4|
|2||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||19.1|
|3||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||18.7|
|4||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||18.1|
|5||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||17.7|
|6||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||17.1|
|7||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||17.0|
|8||Hernandez, Felix 2064||pi sp||sea al||16.4|
|9||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||16.0|
|10||Archer, Chris 3194||pi sp||tb al||16.0|
Player of the Day—Colon pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out nine and allowing four hits, in the 3-1 win over the Phillies.
Colon earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 140.1 for his career, rising to 22nd among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. With his points Monday, he passes Andy Pettitte (138.5 Box-Toppers points) on the “all-time” list. He trails 21st-ranked player Zack Greinke (142.7 points).
Colon has 6.7 Box-Toppers points this season.
American League Player of the Day—Indians pitcher Danny Salazar struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits, in the 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.
Salazar earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 11.4 Box-Toppers points on the season. He becomes the 29th player with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points this season and ranks 22nd among all players, 13th among AL pitchers.
American League Batter of the Day—Mark Canha of the Athletics homered, scored twice and drove in four runs, in the 11-5 win over the Angels.
National League Batter of the Day—Adam Duvall of the Reds hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the 13-6 win over the Cubs.
This was Duvall’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Duvall made his Major League debut June 26, 2014, and was playing in his 29th career game. He is the 3,573rd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Rankings—Two players rose in Box-Toppers top 10 season player rankings list after earning Player of the Game honors Monday:
- Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel (7IP 6H 2R 10K W in the 8-3 win over the Mariners) rose to fifth place with 17.7 Box-Toppers points. He ranks second among AL pitchers, behind David Price of the Blue Jays (18.1 Box-Toppers points).
- Rays pitcher Chris Archer (6IP 4H 0R 6K W in the 6-3 win over the Orioles) rose to 10th place with 16.0 Box-Toppers points. He ranks fifth among AL pitchers.
Notable—Cardinals pitcher John Lackey rises to 57th place among all players since 1995 after earning Player of the Game honors Monday. Lackey (6IP 4H 2R 8K ND in the 8-5 win over the Nationals) now has 104.8 career Box-Toppers points. With his point Monday, he passes Jamie Moyer (104.0 points) on the “all-time” list and trails 56th-ranked player Aramis Ramirez (105.8). Lackey has 6.7 Box-Toppers points this season.
Debut—In addition to Duvall, one other player made his Box-Toppers debut Monday: Rockies pitcher Simon Castro earned his first career Player of the Game honor. Castro (2IP 0R 0H K W in the 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks) made his Major League debut July 5, 2013, and was playing in his seventh career game. He is the 3,574th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Colon earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Salazar earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Canha and Duvall 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
|MLB||12.0||Mets||Bartolo Colon (W,12-11)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||4||0||0||1||9|
|9.0||Padres||Tyson Ross (W,10-9)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||2||7|
|AL||6.0||Indians||Danny Salazar (W,12-7)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||2||2||1||10|
|6.0||Astros||Dallas Keuchel (W,16-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||1||1||1||8|
|5.0||Rays||Chris Archer (W,12-10)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||0||0||3||6|
|4.1||Marlins||Chris Narveson (W,2-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.1||2||0||0||2||3|
|BAT||4.0||Athletics||Mark Canha, 1B||3||2||1||4||1||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Dodgers||Chris Hatcher (W,2-5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||3.0||3||0||0||0||4|
|BAT||3.0||Reds||Adam Duvall, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Rockies||Simon Castro (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|2.0||Red Sox||Jackie Bradley Jr., LF||3||2||3||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|