Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is Tuesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to lead American League pitchers in season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of June 21:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||11.7|
|2||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||11.7|
|3||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||10.7|
|4||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||10.0|
|6||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||10.0|
|7||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||9.8|
|8||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||9.7|
|9||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||9.7|
|10||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||9.4|
Also Tuesday, Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto rises to second in Box-Toppers player rankings and White Sox pitcher Chris Sale rises to ninth after both earned Player of the Game honors.
Player of the Day—Kluber pitched a complete game shutout, striking out nine and allowing three hits and two walks, in the 6-0 win over the Rays.
Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 9.8 for the season, rising to seventh among all players in season rankings. Kluber also passes teammate Danny Salazar (8.8 points) to take the season points lead among AL pitchers.
National League Player of the Day—Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and allowing four hits and one walk, in the 15-4 win over the Pirates.
Cueto earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 11.7 for the season and rising to second in season player rankings. Cueto still trails overall leader, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (20.0) by a significant 8.3-point margin.
American League Batter of the Day—Kurt Suzuki of the Twins homered and hit two doubles, going 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in six runs, in the 14-10 win over the Phillies.
Suzuki has now earned at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point in 10 straight seasons. He earned his first points in 2007 with the Athletics and has 32.0 career Box-Toppers points, third among active AL catchers. His best season was 2009 with the Athletics when he had 6.0 points, fourth among AL catchers. In 2015, he had 1.5 points with the Twins.
National League Batter of the Day—Jay Bruce of the Reds hit a three-run homer and a double, going 3-for-4 and driving in four total runs, in the 8-2 win over the Rangers.
Rankings—White Sox pitcher Chris Sale rises to ninth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.
Sale (7IP 4H R BB 9K W in the 3-1 win over the Red Sox) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 9.7 for the season. He ranks second among AL pitchers.
Debut—Andrew Romine of the Tigers made his Box-Toppers debut Tuesday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors.
Romine (pinch run in the 4-2 win over the Mariners) made his Major League debut Sept. 24, 2010, and was playing in his 323rd career game. He is the 3,666th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Cueto earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Suzuki and Bruce 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
|6/21||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||13.0||CLE 6/TB 0||Corey Kluber (W,7-7)||-||-||-||-||9.0||3||0||0||2||9|
|9.0||CHW 3/BOS 1||Chris Sale (W,12-2)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||1||1||9|
|BAT||7.0||MIN 14/PHI 10||Kurt Suzuki, C||5||2||4||6||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|NL||5.2||SF 15/PIT 4||Johnny Cueto (W,11-1)||-||-||-||-||6.2||4||1||1||1||6|
|BAT||4.0||CIN 8/TEX 2||Jay Bruce, RF||4||1||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||COL 8/NYY 4||Nolan Arenado, 3B||4||2||3||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||`HOU 3/LAA 2||Collin McHugh||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||2||2||1||6|
|3.0||`SD 10/BAL 7||Brad Hand (H,3)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.2||ATL 3/MIA 2||Chris Withrow (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||1.2||0||0||0||0||1|
|2.0||OAK 5/MIL 3||Marcus Semien, SS||4||0||3||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||LAD 3/DC 2||Yasmani Grandal, C||3||1||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||NYM 2/KC 1||Jeurys Familia (S,23)||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||`ARI 4/TOR 2||Tyler Clippard (H,10)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.0||DET 4/SEA 2||Andrew Romine, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||STL 4/CHC 3||Trevor Rosenthal (S,14)||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||1||2|
|`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||+/-|
|Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||11.7||24.5||75.7||95.1||-1.1|
|Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||9.8||23.2||54.0||54.0||-3.6|
|Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||9.7||28.5||80.7||82.7||-9.1|
|Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||cin nl||5.0||8.2||28.2||55.3||1.8|
|Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||4.5||13.0||14.5||14.5||-4.0|
|McHugh, Collin 3316||pi sp||hou al||4.0||13.7||25.5||25.5||-5.7|
|Familia, Jeurys 3446||pi cp||nym nl||3.0||11.0||11.0||11.0||-5.0|
|Rosenthal, Trevor 3124||pi cp||stl nl||3.0||9.0||21.0||21.0||-3.0|
|Hand, Brad 2907||pi mr sp||sd nl||2.0||3.0||7.0||7.0||1.0|
|Clippard, Tyler 2291||pi mr||ari nl||2.0||3.0||18.0||29.4||1.0|
|Withrow, Chris 3273||pi cp mr||atl nl||2.0||2.0||3.0||3.0||2.0|
|Suzuki, Kurt 2344||ca||min al||1.5||3.0||16.0||32.0||0.0|
|Grandal, Yasmani 3058||ca||lad nl||1.0||3.0||11.0||11.0||-1.0|
|Semien, Marcus 3302||ss||oak al||1.0||1.0||4.5||4.5||1.0|
|Romine, Andrew 3666||dh pr||det al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|