Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is Box-Toppers spring training Player of the Day for Saturday.
Greinke pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven, in the 11-1 win over the Rangers. Greinke had 20.7 Box-Toppers points in 2015 with the Dodgers, fifth among National League pitchers. His 85.8 Box-Toppers points from 2011-2016 ranks third among NL pitchers over that span. And his 146.4 career Box-Toppers points ranks second among active NL pitchers, behind only Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (159.3).
American League Player of the Day—Albert Pujols of the Angels hit two home runs in the eighth inning and went 3-for-3, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 15-7 win over the Brewers. Pujols had 7.0 Box-Toppers points in 2015 with the Angels, 20th among AL batters. His 37.0 Box-Toppers points from 2011-2016 ranks seventh among AL batters over that span. And his 174.3 career Box-Toppers points ranks second among active AL batters, behind only Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees (187.0).
National League Batter of the Day—There is no NL Batter of the Day for Saturday because no NL batter earned Player of the Game honors.
American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Saturday because AL Player of the Day was a batter, Albert Pujols.
Scoring—No Box-Toppers points are awarded in spring training games, but if it were the regular season, Greinke would earn 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Pujols would earn 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. All of Saturday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) would earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
Note—Seventeen spring training games were scheduled for Saturday—11 are listed below. One game is not included because it ended in a tie (Rockies vs. Padres). Five other games were cancelled.
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||7.2||Dbacks||Zack Greinke (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.2||4||0||0||1||7|
|AL||6.0||Angels||Albert Pujols DH||3||2||3||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Rangers||Drew Stubbs CF||3||2||2||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||White Sox||Tyler Saladino SS||2||1||2||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Athletics||Danny Valencia 3B||2||2||2||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Dbacks||Enrique Burgos (S, 2)||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|3.0||Red Sox||Pablo Sandoval 3B||2||1||2||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Athletics||Tyler Marincov LF||1||1||1||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Indians||Robbie Grossman LF||1||1||1||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Yankees||Michael Pineda (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||4.0||4||1||1||0||4|
|` Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|