|1||10/3||2.0||26.0||Nationals||Max Scherzer (W,14-12)||9.0||0||0||0||0||17|
|2||5/13||2.0||25.0||Indians||Corey Kluber (W, 1-5)||8.0||1||0||0||0||18|
|3||6/14||2.0||23.0||Nationals||Max Scherzer (W, 7-5)||9.0||1||0||0||1||16|
|4||9/25||2.0||21.0||Indians||Carlos Carrasco (W,14-11)||9.0||1||0||0||2||15|
|5||7/25||2.0||20.0||Phillies||Cole Hamels (W,6-7)||9.0||0||0||0||2||13|
|6||9/29||2.0||20.0||Dodgers||Clayton Kershaw (W,16-7)||9.0||1||0||0||1||13|
|7||8/30||2.0||20.0||Cubs||Jake Arrieta (W,17-6)||9.0||0||0||0||1||12|
|8||6/9||2.0||20.0||Giants||Chris Heston (W, 6-4)||9.0||0||0||0||0||11|
|9||9/15||2.0||20.0||Nationals||Stephen Strasburg (W,9-7)||8.0||1||0||0||1||14|
|10||8/16||2.0||19.0||Giants||Madison Bumgarner (W,14-6)||9.0||3||0||0||1||14|
|11||6/20||2.0||19.0||Nationals||Max Scherzer (W, 8-5)||9.0||0||0||0||0||10|
|12||7/18||2.0||19.0||Dodgers||Clayton Kershaw (W,7-6)||8.0||3||0||0||0||14|
|13||8/16||1.7||19.0||White Sox||Chris Sale (W,11-7)||7.0||1||0||0||2||15|
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has best single-game Box-Toppers game score of 2015
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had the best single-game performance of the 2015 season as measured by Box-Toppers game score.
Scherzer also had two other single-game performances that were ranked in the top 13 of all games in 2015.
On Oct. 3, Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter of the season, striking out 17 and allowing the only runner of the game on an error in a 2-0 win over the Mets. Scherzer had a Box-Toppers game score of +26.0, the highest in a single-game for the season.
There were 13 games in which a player had a Box-Toppers game score of +19.0 or more and Scherzer had three of them. In addition to his Oct. 3, game, Scherzer:
- Ranked third in Box-Toppers game scores for 2015 with +23.0 on June 14 with a complete game, one-hit, 4-0 shutout against the Brewers. Scherzer allowed only two base runners, giving up one walk and one hit.
- Ranked 11th in Box-Toppers game scores for 2015 with +19.0 on June 20 with a no-hitter in the 6-0 win over the Pirates. Scherzer allowed the only baserunner when he hit a batter with two outs in the ninth inning.
There were seven no-hitters pitched in 2015 and five were among Box-Toppers top 13 single-game performances of 2015. In addition to Scherzer’s two no-hitters, the other three in the rankings are:
- Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, ranking fifth with a Box-Toppers game score of +20, pitching his no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Cubs on July 25.
- Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, ranking seventh with a Box-Toppers game score of +20, pitching his no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Dodgers on Aug. 30.
- Giants pitcher Chris Heston, ranking eighth with a Box-Toppers game score of +20, pitching his no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Mets on June 9. Heston allowed three base runners on hit by pitches.
The two no-hitters not among the top 13 best single-game performances in Box-Toppers game scores were:
- Astros pitcher Mike Fiers had the 27th-best Box-Toppers game score of the season (+16.0) when he pitched a no-hitter in the 3-0 win over the Dodgers. Fiers walked three and struck out 10.
- Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma had the 73rd-best Box-Toppers game score of the season (+13.0) when he pitched a no-hitter Aug. 12 in the 3-0 win over the Orioles. Iwakuma walked three and struck out seven.
Indians pitcher Corey Kluber had the second-highest Box-Toppers game score of the season (+25.0) and did it without pitching a complete game. On May 13, Kluber struck out 18 and allowed one hit over eight innings in the 2-0 win over the Cardinals. Of the top 13 performances listed, only four were not done in a complete game. The three others:
- Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg with the ninth-highest Box-Toppers game score (+20.0) on Sept. 15, when he pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out 14, in the 4-0 win over the Phillies.
- Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw with the 12th-highest Box-Toppers game score (+19.0) on July 18, when he pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out 14 and allowing three hits, in the 4-2 win over the Nationals.
- White Sox pitcher Chris Sale with the 13th-highest Box-Toppers game score (+19.0) on Aug. 16, when he pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 15 and allowing one hit, in the 3-1 win over the Cubs. Sale is the only player among the 13 listed who did not earn Box-Toppers Player of the Day honors—Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner ranked ahead of him that day to earn Player of the Day. Sale earned American League Player of the Day honors.
Pitchers tend to earn more Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors and especially more Player of the Day honors. Case in point: The top Box-Toppers game score by a batter who earned Player of the Game honors this year was Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets, who on Aug. 21, had a Box-Toppers game score +11.0. Cespedes hit three home runs—a grand-slam, a two-run homer and a solo shot—in the 14-9 win over the Rockies. Cespedes also hit a double and went 5-for-6, scoring five times and driving in seven runs.
But the Box-Toppers game score of +11.0 Cespedes earned that day ranks 122nd among all game scores for 2015. Cespedes earned National League Player of the Day, finishing behind overall Player of the Day, Mike Fiers of the Astros, who pitched the previously mentioned no-hitter with a Box-Toppers game score of +16.0.
For comparison, the Box-Toppers game score that ranked 121st, just ahead of Cespedes’ top 2015 score for a batter, was +11.1 earned by Phillies pitcher Aaron Harang on April 8. Harang pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight, in the 4-2 win over the Red Sox. He had the fourth-highest Box-Toppers game score of April 8 and earned NL Player of the Day honors.
Two players made the list of top 13 Box-Toppers game scores more than once. Scherzer, as previously mentioned, did it three times. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw made the list twice—he had the sixth-highest game score of +20.0 on Sept. 29 an the 12th-highest game score of +19.0 on July 18.
The 10 players who earned the top 13 Box-Toppers game scores of 2015 were unsurprisingly among the overall top players in Box-Toppers points for 2015:
- Max Scherzer, 21.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked sixth among all players
- Corey Kluber, 13.4 points, ranked 21st
- Carlos Carrasco, 18.0 points, 11th
- Cole Hamels, 15.4 points, 15th
- Clayton Kershaw, 25.7 points, second
- Jake Arrieta, 29.1 points, first
- Chris Heston, 11.4 points, 34th
- Stephen Strasburg, 14.0 points, 18th
- Madison Bumgarner, 17.0 points, 13th
- Chris Sale, 18.8 points, 10th
About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers points are a measure of how much a player provides key contributions to his team’s wins. Specifically, 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.