Rockies' Gonzalez tops players for Thursday, Sept. 3, rises to lead NL batters in Box-Toppers points

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Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies is Box-Toppers Player of the Day for Thursday, Sept. 3, and rises to lead National League batters in Box-Toppers player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2015 season as of Sept. 3.  

Player Pos Team BTP
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
What are those numbers after players' names?

Gonzalez homered twice and doubled, going 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 11-3 win over the Giants.

Gonzalez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.5 for the season and rising to lead NL batters in Box-Toppers points, passing previous leader, Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets (9.9 Box-Toppers points).

Gonzalez becomes the 31st player this season with 10.0 or more Box-Toppers points and is the first NL batter to reach that mark. Gonzalez now also has more Box-Toppers points than any Major League batter, passing Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays (10.4).

This is the second straight day Gonzalez has earned Player of the Game honors. On Wednesday, he was NL Batter of the Day. He has earned 3.5 Box-Toppers points in two days.

American League Player of the Day—Kendrys Morales of the Royals doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in four runs, in the 15-7 win over the Tigers.

Morales had a Box-Toppers game score of 6.0, tied with Carlos Gonzalez. But Gonzalez won overall Player of the Day on a tiebreaker—he had more home runs than Morales (two vs. zero).

AL and NL Batters of the Day—There are no separate AL and NL Batters of the Day for Thursday because the overall Players of the Day in the two leagues were batters—Gonzalez and Morales. In fact, all of the six who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday were batters—no pitchers earned Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Debut—Hernan Perez of the Brewers made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Perez (3B 3-3 R 2BI in the 5-3 win over the Pirates) made his Major League debut June 9, 2012, and was playing in his 131st career game. He is the 3,577th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Gonzalez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Morales earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day. All of Thursday’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

9/3 Score Team Player AB R H BI BB K IP H R ER BB K
MLB 6.0 Rockies Carlos Gonzalez, RF 5 3 4 4 0 1 - - - - - -
AL 6.0 Royals Kendrys Morales, DH 5 3 4 4 0 0 - - - - - -
6.0 Nationals Ryan Zimmerman, 1B 3 2 3 4 0 0 - - - - - -
4.0 Padres Yangervis Solarte, 3B-1B 5 3 4 2 0 0 - - - - - -
3.0 Brewers Hernan Perez, 3B 3 1 3 2 0 0 - - - - - -
3.0 White Sox J.B. Shuck, PH 1 1 1 2 0 0 - - - - - -