Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is Sunday’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 July 24:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||16.4|
|3||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||16.0|
|4||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|5||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||12.5|
|6||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||12.1|
|7||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||11.4|
|8||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||11.0|
|9||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||11.0|
|10||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||10.7|
Also Sunday, Jose Altuve of the Astros rises to lead American League batters in Box-Toppers points after earning AL Batter of the Day honors.
Player of the Day—Happ pitched six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and four walks, striking out six, in the 2-0 win over the Mariners.
National League Player of the Day—Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks, striking out six, in the 3-0 win over the Marlins.
Matz earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 10.4 for the season, the most among the 16 who earned Player of the Game honors Sunday. Matz becomes the 17th player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points and now ranks 15th among all players, 10th among NL pitchers.
American League Batter of the Day—Jose Altuve of the Astros hit two home runs and went 3-for-5, driving in six runs, in the 13-3 win over the Angels.
Altuve earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season. He becomes the 16th player and first batter this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points. He also takes the lead in season Box-Toppers points among AL batters, passing Manny Machado of the Orioles (8.7). Altuve ranks 17th among all players.
National League Batter of the Day—Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers hit a grand slam and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 9-6 win over the Cardinals.
Notable—Carlos Beltran of the Yankees rises to 64th place in career Box-Toppers points since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began) after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.
Beltran (HR 2-4 2R BI in the 5-2 win over the Giants) now has 102.9 career Box-Toppers points and passes three players on the “all-time” list—Ken Griffey Jr. (102.2, who was inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame and now ranks 67th), Red Sox pitcher David Price (102.2) and Miguel Tejada (102.3). Beltran now trails 63rd-ranked player, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (103.7). Beltran now ranks 21st in career Box-Toppers points among all batters since 1995.
Beltran has 4.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, 34th among AL batters.
Scoring—Happ earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Matz earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Altuve and Gonzalez each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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
|7/24||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||7.0||TOR 2, SEA 0||J.A. Happ (W,13-3)||-||-||-||-||6.0||1||0||0||4||6|
|6.2||`CHW 5, DET 4||Jose Quintana||-||-||-||-||6.2||3||0||0||1||4|
|BAT||6.0||HOU 13, LAA 3||Jose Altuve, 2B||5||2||3||6||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|NL||6.0||NYM 3, MIA 0||Steven Matz (W,8-6)||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||0||0||2||6|
|5.2||`OAK 3, TB 2||Jesse Hahn||-||-||-||-||7.2||4||1||1||1||5|
|BAT||4.0||LAD 9, STL 6||Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||2||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||ARI 9, CIN 8||Yasmany Tomas, RF||4||3||3||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||PIT 5, PHI 4||Matt Joyce, RF||2||2||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||BAL 5, CLE 3||Darren O'Day (W,3-1)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|3.1||CHW 4, DET 3||David Robertson (W,1-2)||-||-||-||-||1.1||1||0||0||0||3|
|3.0||BOS 8, MIN 7||Hanley Ramirez, DH||4||2||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||`SD 10, WSH 6||Carlos Villanueva||-||-||-||-||3.0||2||1||1||0||4|
|2.0||COL 7, ATL 2||Nolan Arenado, 3B||5||2||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||CHC 6, MIL 5||Tommy La Stella, 2B||3||1||3||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||NYY 5, SF 2||Carlos Beltran, DH||4||2||2||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1.0||TEX 2, KC 1||Delino DeShields, LF||3||1||2||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||+/-|
|Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||10.4||13.9||13.9||13.9||6.9|
|Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||10.0||17.0||26.5||26.5||3.0|
|Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||9.0||22.1||37.5||45.5||-4.1|
|Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||7.7||13.7||32.5||32.5||1.7|
|Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||5.5||14.0||15.5||15.5||-3.0|
|Robertson, David 2774||pi cp||chi al||5.0||13.0||25.0||26.0||-3.0|
|Beltran, Carlos 1194||rf dh||nyy al||4.0||7.5||24.9||102.9||0.5|
|Tomas, Yasmany 3489||lf rf||ari nl||3.5||7.0||7.0||7.0||0.0|
|Gonzalez, Adrian 2193||1b||lad nl||3.0||7.0||33.7||69.6||-1.0|
|Ramirez, Hanley 2119||1b dh ss||bos al||4.0||4.0||26.7||54.6||4.0|
|O’Day, Darren 2577||pi mr cp||bal al||3.0||4.7||12.7||13.7||1.3|
|Joyce, Matt 2480||rf dh||pit nl||3.0||3.0||19.2||28.7||3.0|
|DeShields, Delino 3557||cf lf||tex al||2.0||6.5||6.5||6.5||-2.5|
|Hahn, Jesse 3354||pi sp||oak al||2.0||6.0||12.7||12.7||-2.0|
|Villanueva, Carlos 2241||pi mr||sd nl||2.0||5.7||16.7||30.4||-1.7|
|LaStella, Tommy 3367||3b 2b||chi nl||2.0||2.0||4.0||4.0||2.0|