Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Also Friday, Manny Machado of the Orioles rose to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of May 27:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||12.0|
|2||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||9.0|
|3||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||8.7|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||8.7|
|5||Machado, Manny 3087||ss 3b||bal al||8.7|
|6||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||8.7|
|7||Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||8.7|
|8||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||oak al||7.4|
|9||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||7.0|
|10||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||6.4|
Player of the Day—Tanaka pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four, in the 4-1 win over the Rays.
National League Player of the Day—Padres pitcher Christian Friedrich pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out five, in the 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
American League Batter of the Day—Josh Donaldson of the Blue Jays hit two homers, doubled and went 4-for-5, driving in five runs, in the 7-5 win over the Red Sox.
National League Batter of the Day—Aaron Hill of the Brewers hit two homers and went 3-for-4, in the 9-5 win over the Reds.
Rankings—Manny Machado of the Orioles rose to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Friday.
Machado (2B 4-5 2R BI in the 6-4 win over the Indians) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.7 for the season. He extends his lead among AL batters.
Notable—Cubs pitcher Jon Lester now has 125.1 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Friday. Lester (6.1IP 6H 2R 7K W in the 6-2 win over the Phillies) ranks 35th in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 34th-ranked player Mariano Rivera (126.4).
Debut—Twins pitcher Pat Dean made his Box-Toppers debut Friday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Dean (7IP 4H 2R 8K W in the 7-2 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut May 11 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 3,644th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Tanaka earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Friedrich earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Donaldson and Hill 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
|5/27||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||9.0||NYY 4/TB 1||Masahiro Tanaka (W,3-0)||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||0||4|
|8.1||LAA 7/HOU 2||Matt Shoemaker (W,3-5)||-||-||-||-||8.1||7||2||2||0||11|
|NL||8.0||SD 10/ARI 3||Christian Friedrich (W,1-1)||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||1||5|
|7.0||MIN 7/SEA 2||Pat Dean (W,1-1)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||2||2||0||8|
|6.2||DET 4/OAK 1||Michael Fulmer (W,4-1)||-||-||-||-||7.2||3||0||0||1||3|
|BAT||6.0||TOR 7/BOS 5||Josh Donaldson, 3B||5||2||4||5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|6.0||`NYM 6/LAD 5||Jacob deGrom||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||1||1||3||7|
|5.0||COL 5/SF 2||Tyler Chatwood (W,6-3)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||0||0||3|
|4.0||KC 7/CHW 5||Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||1||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||3.0||MIL 9/CIN 5||Aaron Hill, 2B||4||2||3||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.1||CHC 6/PHI 2||Jon Lester (W,5-3)||-||-||-||-||6.1||6||2||1||2||7|
|2.0||BAL 6/CLE 4||Manny Machado, SS||5||2||4||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||PIT 9/TEX 1||Starling Marte, LF||4||2||3||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||STL 6/DC 2||Stephen Piscotty, RF||4||1||1||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||ATL 4/MIA 2||Arodys Vizcaino (S,6)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|`Denotes that the pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.|
Box-Toppers point totals of the day’s top playersHere are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Players of the Game. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (16). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (15-16), the period 2011-2016 (11-16) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2016 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2015 total (+/-).
|Player of Game||Pos||Team||16||15-16||11-16||Career||+/-|
|Machado, Manny 3087||ss 3b||bal al||8.7||16.2||19.7||19.7||1.2|
|Hill, Aaron 2056||2b 3b||mil nl||4.5||7.5||21.5||40.5||1.5|
|Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||4.0||16.0||62.2||125.1||-8.0|
|Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||tor al||4.0||13.9||33.9||33.9||-5.9|
|Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||4.0||12.0||24.7||24.7||-4.0|
|Chatwood, Tyler 2856||pi sp||col nl||4.0||4.0||13.7||13.7||4.0|
|Fulmer, Michael 3640||pi sp||det al||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0|
|Marte, Starling 3122||lf||pit nl||2.5||7.5||12.0||12.0||-2.5|
|deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||2.0||24.4||37.4||37.4||-20.4|
|Hosmer, Eric 2886||1b||kc al||2.0||11.0||24.5||24.5||-7.0|
|Shoemaker, Matt 3290||pi sp||ana al||2.0||7.7||20.4||20.4||-3.7|
|Piscotty, Stephen 3570||rf||stl nl||2.0||6.2||6.2||6.2||-2.2|
|Friedrich, Christian 3024||pi sp||sd nl||1.7||1.7||5.4||5.4||1.7|
|Vizcaino, Arodys 3533||pi cp||atl nl||1.0||5.0||5.0||5.0||-3.0|
|Dean, Pat 3644||pi sp||min al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|