Freddy Galvis of the Phillies is Thursday’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 June 23:
|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||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||9.4|
Galvis hit a three-run homer, a triple and went 2-for-3, driving in five total runs, in the 7-3 win over the Twins.
American League Player of the Day—Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing no hits or walks and striking out one, in the 5-4, 10-inning win over the Mariners. Wilson picked up a no decision and did not earn the win because the game was tied when he exited after the eighth inning, 4-4.
This was Wilson’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Wilson made his Major League debut April 11, 2013, and was playing in his 131st career game. He is the 3,667th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
American League Batter of the Day—Marcus Semien of the Athletics hit a three-run homer, going 1-for-4, in the 5-4 win over the Angels.
National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Thursday because the overall Player of the Day is NL batter Freddy Galvis.
Commentary—It was a pretty unremarkable day for Box-Toppers Players of the Games, with no particularly outstanding performances that contributed to teams’ wins. It was a lighter schedule of games, with only nine played, but even so, Freddy Galvis’ Player of the Day honor (worth 2.0 Box-Toppers points) was won with a Box-Toppers game score of only +5.0, which more often than not, would not even be the top score among NL batters and would result in him earning only 1.0 Box-Toppers point. Galvis’ Box-Toppers game score of +5.0 was the second-lowest score to win Player of the Day honors this season—the lowest was +4.0 by Matt Joyce of the Pirates on May 16, a day in which only eight games were played.
Tigers middle reliever Alex Wilson had the lowest Box-Toppers game score of the season to win AL Player of the Day honors of +2.1.
Marcus Semien of the Athletics also had the second-lowest Box-Toppers game score of the season (+1.0) to earn AL Batter of the Day honors.
On top of that, none of the nine Players of the Games are ranked very highly in Box-Toppers player rankings. Red Sox closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel has the most season Box-Toppers points of any of Thursday’s nine top players. Kimbrel (2IP H 0R 2BB 3K W in the 8-7 win over the White Sox), earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 3.0 for the season. He ranks just 138th among all players, 38th among AL pitchers and fourth among AL closing pitchers.
Scoring—Galvis earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Wilson earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Semien earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Thursday’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
|6/23||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||5.0||PHI 7/MIN 3||Freddy Galvis, SS||3||1||2||5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||`MIA 4/CHC 2||Wei-Yin Chen||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||2||2||0||7|
|3.0||SF 5/PiT 3||Santiago Casilla (S,16)||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|3.0||`SD 7/CIN 4||Brandon Maurer (H,13)||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|AL||2.1||`DET 5/SEA 4||Alex Wilson||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||1|
|2.0||BOS 8/CHW 7||Craig Kimbrel (W,1-3)||-||-||-||-||2.0||1||0||0||2||3|
|2.0||ATL 4/NYM 3||Jim Johnson (W,1-4)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.2||ARI 7/COL 6||Brad Ziegler (W,2-2; BS,1)||-||-||-||-||1.2||1||0||0||1||2|
|BAT||1.0||OAK 5/LAA 4||Marcus Semien, SS||4||1||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`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||+/-|
|Kimbrel, Craig 2825||pi cp||bos al||3.0||9.0||52.7||53.7||-3.0|
|Casilla, Santiago 2301||pi cp||sf nl||3.0||8.0||20.7||23.7||-2.0|
|Galvis, Freddy 3202||ss||phi nl||3.0||7.0||11.0||11.0||-1.0|
|Semien, Marcus 3302||ss||oak al||2.5||2.5||6.0||6.0||2.5|
|Chen, Wei-Yin 3026||pi sp||fla nl||2.0||7.7||27.1||27.1||-3.7|
|Ziegler, Brad 2504||pi cp||ari nl||2.0||5.0||11.0||14.0||-1.0|
|WIlson, Alex 3667||pi mr||det al||1.7||1.7||1.7||1.7||1.7|
|Johnson, Jim 2417||pi mr||atl nl||1.0||3.0||13.0||18.7||-1.0|
|Maurer, Brandon 3157||pi mr sp||sd nl||1.0||3.0||4.0||4.0||-1.0|