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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Box-Toppers Player of the Day for Wednesday, Sept. 2 and takes the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Sept. 2.
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.7|
|2||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||19.4|
|3||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||19.1|
|4||Price, David 2593||pi sp||tor al||18.1|
|5||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||lad nl||18.0|
|6||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||17.7|
|7||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||17.1|
|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|
Kershaw is the first player with 20.0 or more Box-Toppers points this season and has now exceeded 20.0 Box-Toppers points for five straight seasons. This is the first time this season Kershaw has led in Box-Toppers points. Kershaw led players in Box-Toppers points in three of the past four seasons (2011, 2013 and 2014) and has led National League pitchers the past four seasons.
Kershaw struck out 15 in a complete game, allowing one run and six hits, in the 2-1 win over the Giants.
Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 20.7 for the season. He rises from third place to take the Box-Toppers player rankings lead, passing previous leader, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (19.4 Box-Toppers points) and Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta (19.1 points).
Kershaw also rises to 15th place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers record keeping began. With his points Wednesday, Kershaw now has 154.3 career Box-Toppers points and passes Barry Bonds (153.2) on the “all-time” list. (It should be noted Bonds began his career in 1986 and if his entire career were tracked, he would likely have about 230 career Box-Toppers points, making a rough extrapolation.) Kershaw trails 14th-place player Tim Hudson (155.0).
American League Player of the Day—Twins pitcher Tommy Milone pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing three hits, in the 3-0 win over the White Sox.
National League Batter of the Day—Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in the 9-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and drove in seven runs.
Lead changesHere are the season’s lead changes among players in Box-Toppers points. Chart shows the date and the player’s Box-Toppers point (BTP) total when they took the lead.
|4/5||Adam Wainwright||stl nl||2.0|
|4/6||Felix Hernandez||sea al||2.0|
|4/13||Scott Kazmir||oak al||3.7|
|4/18||Felix Hernandez||sea al||4.0|
|6/26||Max Scherzer||dc nl||14.0|
|7/9||Felix Hernandez||sea al||14.4|
|7/12||Max Scherzer||dc nl||15.0|
|7/24||Felix Hernandez||sea al||15.4|
|7/26||Jacob deGrom||nym nl||16.4|
|9/2||Clayton Kershaw||lad nl||20.7|
Gonzalez earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 9.5 for the season. He ranks third among NL batters, behind Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets (9.9) and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates (9.5). He ranks 36th among all players.
American League Batter of the Day—Logan Morrison of the Mariners earned AL Batter of the Day honors for the second straight day. Morrison homered, scored twice and drove in three runs, in the 8-3 win over the Astros. He has 4.0 Box-Toppers points this season, 3.0 in the past two days.
Notable—Two other notable milestones from Wednesday:
- Albert Pujols of the Angels earned Player of the Game honors and now has 174.3 career Box-Toppers points, maintaining his spot in sixth place among all players since 1995. Pujols (HR 2-5 2R 3BI in the 9-4 win over the Athletics) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point and trails fifth-place player on the “all-time” list, CC Sabathia (178.0). Pujols is ranked third among active players and is second among all batters, behind Alex Rodriguez (187.0). Pujols has 7.0 Box-Toppers points this season, 12th among AL batters.
- Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura became the 30th player with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points this season after earning Player of the Game honors. Ventura (7IP 5H R 11K W in the 12-1 win over the Tigers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.7 for the season. He ranks 24th among all players and 14th among AL pitchers.
Scoring—Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Milone earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. Gonzalez and Morrison each earn 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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||Dodgers||Clayton Kershaw (W,12-6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||6||1||1||1||15|
|AL||11.0||Twins||Tommy Milone (W,7-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||0||7|
|10.0||Royals||Yordano Ventura (W,10-7)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||1||11|
|9.0||Blue Jays||R.A. Dickey (W,10-10)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||4||1||1||0||6|
|BAT||7.0||Rockies||Carlos Gonzalez, RF||4||2||2||7||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||5.0||Mariners||Logan Morrison, PH-1B||1||2||1||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Yankees||Stephen Drew, 2B||4||2||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Orioles||Chris Davis, 1B||4||2||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Nationals||Ryan Zimmerman, 1B||4||2||3||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Mets||Ruben Tejada, SS||4||1||2||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Rangers||Sam Dyson (W,5-4)||-||-||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|2.0||Angels||Albert Pujols, DH||5||2||2||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Brewers||Adam Lind, 1B||4||2||2||2||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Marlins||Marcell Ozuna, CF||3||2||1||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|