White Sox pitcher Chris Sale is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of April 15:
|1||Velasquez, Vince 3611||pi sp||phi nl||4.0|
|2||Salazar, Danny 3223||pi sp||cle al||3.4|
|3||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||3.0|
|4||Volquez, Edinson 2220||pi sp||kc al||2.7|
|5||Bettis, Chad 3481||pi sp||col nl||2.7|
|6||Ross, Joe 3499||pi sp||dc nl||2.7|
|7||Latos, Mat 2644||pi sp||chi al||2.7|
|8||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||2.5|
|9||Brown, Trevor 3610||ca||sf nl||2.5|
|10||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||2.0|
Sale pitched a two-hit shutout, allowing no walks and striking out nine, in the 1-0 win over the Rays. Sale earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, his first of the season, and now ranks 10th in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
National League Player of the Day—Nationals pitcher Joe Ross pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five, in the 9-1 win over the Phillies. Ross earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 2.7 for the season and rises to sixth in season player rankings.
National League Batter of the Day—Matt Holliday of the Cardinals hit two home runs, going 2-for-2 and driving in four runs, in the 4-3 win over the Reds.
Holliday has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons. He earned his first points in 2004 with the Rockies and has 93.3 career points, ranked 88th among all players since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began) and second among active NL batters (behind Ryan Howard of the Phillies who has 96.7). Holliday’s best season was 2007 with the Rockies when he had 16.2 Box-Toppers points to lead NL batters. In 2015, he had 1.5 points with the Cardinals.
American League Batter of the Day—Mark Trumbo of the Orioles hit two seventh-inning home runs, going 2-for-4 and driving in five runs, in the 11-5 win over the Rangers.
All-time leadersHere are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
|1||Randy Johnson||pi sp||retired||278.8|
|2||Pedro Martinez||pi sp||retired||244.8|
|3||Curt Schilling||pi sp||retired||194.1|
|4||Alex Rodriguez||dh||nyy al||187.0|
|5||CC Sabathia||pi sp||nyy al||179.0|
|6||Albert Pujols||1b dh||ana al||174.3|
|7||Roy Halladay||pi sp||retired||170.7|
|8||Manny Ramirez||lf dh||retired||167.2|
|9||Johan Santana||pi sp||free agent||166.6|
|10||Roger Clemens||pi sp||retired||164.8|
|11||Felix Hernandez||pi sp||sea al||162.7|
|12||Clayton Kershaw||pi sp||lad nl||162.3|
|13||John Smoltz||pi sp||retired||160.9|
|14||Tim Hudson||pi sp||retired||157.0|
|15||Mike Mussina||pi sp||retired||155.6|
|17||Greg Maddux||pi sp||retired||151.7|
|19||Javier Vazquez||pi sp||retired||148.3|
|20||Zack Greinke||pi sp||ari nl||147.4|
Notable—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke rises to 20th place on Box-Toppers “all-time” player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. He also extended his streak of consecutive seasons earning Box-Toppers points to 10.
Greinke (7.1IP 6H 2R 5K ND in the 3-2 win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 147.4 for his career, rising to 20th among all players since 1995 when Box-Toppers tracking began. Greinke passes Jim Thome (146.7) and now trails 19th-place player Javier Vazquez (148.3).
Greinke has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons. He earned his first points in 2004 with the Royals but his current 10-year streak did not begin until 2007, when he was also with the Royals (he earned no points in 2006). His best year was 2009 with the Royals when he had 21.5 points to lead NL pitchers. In 2015, he had 20.7 points with the Dodgers, fifth among NL pitchers.
Streak—Ryan Braun of the Brewers has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. Braun (2HR 3-5 2R 4BI in the 8-4 win over the Pirates) earned his first points in 2007 with the Brewers and has 78.7 career points, third among active NL batters. His best year was 2012 with the Brewers when he had 12.5 Box-Toppers points to lead NL batters. He had 5.0 points in 2015.
Debut—Adonis Garcia of the Braves made his Box-Toppers debut Friday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Garcia (2B 2-4 3BI in the 6-3 win over the Marlins) made his Major League debut May 19, 2015, and was playing in his 68th career game. He is the 3,613th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Rankings—Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis rose to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. Bettis (6IP 3H 0R 4 W in the 6-1 win over the Cubs) earned 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 2.7 for the season.
Scoring—Sale earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Ross earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Holliday and Trumbo each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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||16.0||White Sox||Chris Sale (W,3-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||9.0||2||0||0||0||9|
|NL||7.2||Nationals||Joe Ross (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.2||3||0||0||2||5|
|BAT||6.0||Cardinals||Matt Holliday, 1B||2||2||2||4||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|6.0||Astros||Dallas Keuchel (W,2-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||0||0||1||4|
|5.1||Red Sox||Rick Porcello (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.1||2||3||3||1||8|
|BAT||5.0||Orioles||Mark Trumbo, DH||4||2||2||5||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Brewers||Ryan Braun, LF||5||2||3||4||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Dodgers||Enrique Hernandez, LF||5||2||3||4||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Mariners||Chris Iannetta, C||3||1||3||3||1||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||Rockies||Chad Bettis (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||0||0||3||4|
|3.0||Twins||Eduardo Nunez, 2B||3||2||3||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Royals||Wade Davis (S,5)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.0||Mets||Yoenis Cespedes, DH||5||1||3||2||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||Braves||Adonis Garcia, 3B||4||0||2||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|