Blue Jays pitcher Marco Estrada is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Also Sunday, Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez rose to second in Box-Toppers player rankings for the season and Eugenio Suarez of the Reds earned Player of the Game honors for the second straight day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of April 10:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||3.0|
|2||Volquez, Edinson 2220||pi sp||kc al||2.7|
|3||Liriano, Francisco 2104||pi sp||pit nl||2.0|
|4||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||2.0|
|5||Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||2.0|
|6||Estrada, Marco 2847||pi sp||tor al||2.0|
|7||Anderson, Chase 3328||pi sp||mil nl||2.0|
|8||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b ss||cin nl||2.0|
|9||Nicasio, Juan 2888||pi sp||pit nl||2.0|
|10||Velasquez, Vince 3611||pi sp||tex al||2.0|
Player of the Day—Estrada struck out eight over seven scoreless innings in the 3-0 win over the Red Sox.
National League Player of the Day—Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis struck out six over seven innings, allowing two runs, in the 6-3 win over the Padres.
American League Batter of the Day—Manny Machado of the Orioles homered, doubled and went 4-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 5-3 win over the Rays.
National League Batter of the Day—Brandon Belt of the Giants homered and went 2-for-3, driving in three runs, in the 9-6 win over the Dodgers.
Notable—Two players earned Box-Toppers points for the second time this season Sunday:
- Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez rose to second place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday. Volquez (5.2IP 8H 2R 10K ND in the 4-3 win over the Twins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.7 for the season.
- Eugenio Suarez of the Reds earned Player of the Game honors for the second straight day Sunday. Suarez (HR 3-4 R BI in the 2-1 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.0 for the season. He ranks eighth in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
Debut—Aledmys Diaz of the Cardinals made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Diaz (2B 1-1 R 2BI in the 12-7 win over the Braves) made his Major League debut April 5 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 3,612th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Streak—Huston Street of the Angels has now earned Box-Toppers points in 12 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday. Street (1IP 0H 0R 2K Sv in the 3-1 win over the Rangers) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2005 with the Athletics. He has 51.0 career points, ranked second among active AL closing pitchers (behind Francisco Rodriguez of the Tigers who has 60.4). His best season was 2008 with the Athletics, when he had 8.0 Box-Toppers points and ranked fourth among AL closing pitchers. He had 4.0 Box-Toppers points in 2015 with the Angels.
Scoring—Estrada earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Bettis earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Machado and Belt each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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||8.0||Blue Jays||Marco Estrada (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||0||0||2||8|
|BAT||4.0||Orioles||Manny Machado, 3B||4||2||4||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|NL||4.0||Rockies||Chad Bettis (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||2||1||0||6|
|4.0||Brewers||Jimmy Nelson (W,1-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||2||2||4||9|
|BAT||3.0||Giants||Brandon Belt, 1B||3||1||2||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Cardinals||Aledmys Diaz, SS||1||1||1||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Nationals||Joe Ross (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||2||5|
|3.0||Angels||Huston Street (S,1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.2||Phillies||Jeremy Hellickson (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||5.2||3||2||2||1||5|
|2.0||Athletics||Sean Doolittle (S,1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|1.0||Reds||Eugenio Suarez, 3B||4||1||3||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Cubs||Tommy La Stella, 3B||4||1||3||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|