Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez is Monday’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 25:
|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 Monday, Albert Pujols regains sixth place in career Box-Toppers points since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began) after earning Player of the Game honors, passing Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who had passed him on the career chart on June 11.
Player of the Day—Sanchez pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing three hits and two walks, in the 4-2 win over the Padres.
National League Player of the Day—Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, striking out one, in the 4-0 win over the Marlins. Hellickson did not earn the win, picking up a no decision, because he exited with the game tied, 0-0.
Hellickson earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 9.1 for the season, the most of any of the 10 who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. Hellickson ranks 21st among all players and 13th among NL pitchers.
All-time leadersHere are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
|1||Randy Johnson||pi sp||retired||278.8|
|2||Pedro Martinez||pi sp||retired||244.8|
|3||Curt Schilling||pi sp||retired||194.1|
|4||Alex Rodriguez||dh||nyy al||187.0|
|5||CC Sabathia||pi sp||nyy al||182.0|
|6||Albert Pujols||1b dh||ana al||180.3|
|7||Clayton Kershaw||pi sp||lad nl||179.3|
|8||Roy Halladay||pi sp||retired||170.7|
|9||Manny Ramirez||lf dh||retired||167.2|
|10||Johan Santana||pi sp||free agent||166.6|
|11||Roger Clemens||pi sp||retired||164.8|
|12||Felix Hernandez||pi sp||sea al||164.7|
|13||John Smoltz||pi sp||retired||160.9|
|14||Tim Hudson||pi sp||retired||157.0|
|15||Zack Greinke||pi sp||ari nl||156.1|
|16||Mike Mussina||pi sp||retired||155.6|
|18||Greg Maddux||pi sp||retired||151.7|
|20||Javier Vazquez||pi sp||retired||148.3|
American League Batter of the Day—Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hit two homers, including a walk-off, two-run shot, in the 7-6 win over the Athletics. Beltre went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in three.
Beltre earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 107.3 for his career, rising to 58th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. Beltre passes Frank Thomas (106.2) on the “all-time” list and now trails 57th-ranked player Lance Berkman (108.1). Beltre has 5.5 Box-Toppers points on the season, 14th among AL batters.
National League Batter of the Day—Jay Bruce of the Reds hit two home runs, going 2-for-4 and driving in four runs, in the 7-5 win over the Giants.
Notable—Albert Pujols of the Angels regains the sixth-place ranking in “all-time” career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.
Pujols (3-5 R 4BI in the 6-2 win over the Royals) now has 180.3 career Box-Toppers points, passing Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (179.3). Kershaw had passed Pujols on the “all-time” list on June 11 with 176.3 points. Pujols again trails fifth-place player, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (182.0) in most points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began.
Pujols has 6.0 Box-Toppers points for the season, 13th among AL batters.
Scoring—Sanchez earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hellickson earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Beltre and Pujols each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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
|7/25||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||9.0||TOR 4, SD 2||Aaron Sanchez (W,11-1)||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||2||7|
|6.0||NYY 2, HOU 1||Michael Pineda (W,5-9)||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||1||1||2||8|
|BAT||5.0||TEX 7, OAK 6||Adrian Beltre, 3B||5||3||4||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|NL||5.0||`PHI 4, MIA 0||Jeremy Hellickson||-||-||-||-||6.0||1||0||0||1||1|
|BAT||4.0||CIN 7, SF 5||Jay Bruce, RF||4||2||2||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||LAA 6, KC 2||Albert Pujols, DH||5||1||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||MIL 7, ARI 2||Martin Maldonado, C||3||1||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.1||DET 4, BOS 2||Francisco Rodriguez (S,28)||-||-||-||-||1.1||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.2||`CHW 5, CHC 4||Miguel Gonzalez||-||-||-||-||6.2||7||2||2||2||8|
|1.2||`BAL 3, COL 2 (10)||Yovani Gallardo||-||-||-||-||6.2||5||2||2||2||6|
|`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||+/-|
|Hellickson, Jeremy 2778||pi sp||phi nl||9.1||14.1||37.8||40.8||4.1|
|Sanchez, Aaron 3392||pi sp||tor al||8.7||10.7||12.7||12.7||6.7|
|Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||cin nl||6.5||9.7||29.7||56.8||3.3|
|Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||6.0||13.0||43.0||180.3||-1.0|
|Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||5.5||18.0||43.9||107.3||-7.0|
|Pineda, Michael 2841||pi sp||nyy al||5.0||15.7||33.1||33.1||-5.7|
|Gonzalez, Miguel 3062||pi sp||chi al||4.7||11.4||33.5||33.5||-2.0|
|Gallardo, Yovani 2333||pi sp||bal al||2.0||7.0||58.3||89.7||-3.0|
|Rodriguez, Francisco 1707||pi cp||det al||2.0||3.0||16.0||62.4||1.0|
|Maldonado, Martin 3082||ca||mil nl||1.0||2.5||7.5||7.5||-0.5|