Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola is Tuesday’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 May 3:
|1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||6.0|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||6.0|
|3||Velasquez, Vince 3611||pi sp||phi nl||5.0|
|4||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||4.7|
|5||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||4.7|
|6||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf dh ph||nym nl||4.5|
|7||Volquez, Edinson 2220||pi sp||kc al||4.4|
|8||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||oak al||4.4|
|9||Machado, Manny 3087||3b ss||bal al||4.2|
|10||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||4.0|
Also Tuesday, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta regained his top spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.
Player of the Day—Aaron Nola struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, in the 1-0 win over the Cardinals. Nola earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 4.7 for the season, rising to fifth in season player rankings.
American League Player of the Day—White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana allowed one run over eight innings, striking out five and allowing four hits, in the 4-1 win over the Red Sox. Quintana earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 4.7 for the season, rising to fourth in season player rankings.
American League Batter of the Day—Francisco Lindor of the Indians hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in three runs, in the 7-3 win over the Tigers.
National League Batter of the Day—Howie Kendrick of the Dodgers went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 10-5 win over the Rays.
Box-Toppers season streaksHere are the players who have earned Box-Toppers points in the most consecutive seasons. Jason Giambi earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point in 19 straight seasons from 1995 to 2013, more than any other player. (Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.) Players are listed by duration of their streak. Also shown is the duration of their streak and their career Box-Toppers point (BTP) total.
|2||18||Jim Thome||1b dh||1995-2012||146.7|
|7||17||Mariano Rivera||pi cp||1995-2011||126.4|
|7||17||Tim Hudson||pi sp||1999-2015||157.0|
|12||16||Andy Pettitte||pi sp||1995-2010||138.5|
|12||16||Jamie Moyer||pi sp||1995-2010||104.0|
|12||16||Kevin Millwood||pi sp||1997-2012||108.3|
|12||16||Derek Lowe||pi sp||1998-2013||91.5|
|12||16||Mark Buehrle*||pi sp||2000-2015||116.7|
|12||16||Albert Pujols*||dh 1b||2001-2016||175.3|
* Active player
Kendrick has now earned Box-Toppers points in 11 straight seasons. He earned his first points in 2006 with the Angels and has 31.5 career points, sixth among active NL second basemen. His best season was 2009 with the Angels when he had 5.5 points. He had 4.0 points in 2015 with the Dodgers.
Rankings—Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta regained the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.
Arrieta (7IP 3H R 5K W in the 7-1 win over the Pirates) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.0 for the season. While he has the same number of Box-Toppers points as Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Arrieta wins the tiebreaker because he had more Box-Toppers points in 2015—29.1 vs. 25.7.
Streak—Ichiro Suzuki of the Marlins has now earned Box-Toppers points in 16 straight seasons, tied for the 12th-longest streak since Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995.
Suzuki (1-1 2BI in the 8-2 win over the Athletics) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2001 with the Mariners and has 52.7 career points, sixth among active NL outfielders. His best season was 2007 with the Mariners when he had 8.0 Box-Toppers points, ninth among AL outfielders. He had 1.0 Box-Toppers point in 2015 with the Marlins.
Scoring—Nola earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Quintana earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Lindor and Kendrick each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Tuesday’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||11.0||Phillies||Aaron Nola (W,2-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||1||7|
|10.0||Giants||Jeff Samardzija (W,4-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||3||1||1||2||9|
|9.0||Braves||Matt Wisler (W,1-2)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||1||0||0||2||4|
|8.0||Cubs||Jake Arrieta (W,6-0)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||2||5|
|AL||7.0||White Sox||Jose Quintana (W,4-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||8.0||4||1||1||0||5|
|BAT||5.0||Indians||Francisco Lindor, SS||4||3||3||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||Orioles||Chris Tillman (W,3-1)||-||-||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||4||9|
|BAT||3.0||Dodgers||Howie Kendrick, 2B||5||2||4||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Blue Jays||Justin Smoak, 1B||5||2||3||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Brewers||Chris Carter, 1B||4||2||2||3||0||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Astros||George Springer, RF||2||2||1||2||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Royals||Mike Moustakas, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||Padres||Fernando Rodney (S,6)||-||-||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||Mariners||Kyle Seager, 3B||4||1||2||3||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||Marlins||Ichiro Suzuki, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
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 (+/-).
|Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||6.0||35.1||62.8||65.8||-23.1|
|Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||4.7||10.7||29.5||29.5||-1.3|
|Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||4.7||6.7||6.7||6.7||2.7|
|Carter, Chris 2828||1b||mil nl||3.5||4.5||22.4||23.4||2.5|
|Tillman, Chris 2754||pi sp||bal al||3.0||7.7||36.8||38.8||-1.7|
|Samardzija, Jeff 2495||pi sp||sf nl||2.0||11.4||40.1||41.1||-7.4|
|Rodney, Fernando 1803||pi cp||sd nl||2.0||3.0||20.0||32.0||1.0|
|Kendrick, Howie 2191||2b||lad nl||1.5||5.5||17.5||31.5||-2.5|
|Lindor, Francisco 3586||ss||cle al||1.5||2.5||2.5||2.5||0.5|
|Moustakas, Mike 2967||3b ph||kc al||1.0||8.7||22.2||22.2||-6.7|
|Seager, Kyle 3031||3b||sea al||1.0||6.0||20.0||20.0||-4.0|
|Smoak, Justin 2731||1b||tor al||1.0||6.0||15.9||20.4||-4.0|
|Wisler, Matt 3522||pi sp||atl nl||1.0||4.0||4.0||4.0||-2.0|
|Springer, George 3337||rf||hou al||1.0||2.0||5.0||5.0||0.0|
|Suzuki, Ichiro 1467||rf ph||fla nl||1.0||2.0||9.5||52.7||0.0|