Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma 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 Aug. 8:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||18.7|
|3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||16.4|
|4||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||16.2|
|5||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|6||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||14.1|
|7||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|8||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||13.4|
|9||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||11.7|
|10||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||11.0|
Iwakuma pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and allowing five hits and one walk, in the 3-0 win over the Tigers.
Iwakuma earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 6.0 for the season, most of any of the nine who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. Iwakuma ranks 85th among all players, 29th among American League pitchers.
National League Player of the Day—Yasmani Grandal of the Dodgers homered, doubled and went 2-for-3, scoring three times and driving in one run, in the 9-4 win over the Phillies.
American League Batter of the Day—Stephen Vogt of the Athletics homered and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 3-2 win over the Orioles.
National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Monday because the NL Player of the Day was batter Yasmani Grandal.
Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Monday, the first time in their careers they earned Player of the Game honors:
- Braves pitcher Brandon Cunniff (2IP H 0R 0BB 2K W in the 4-3, 12-inning win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut April 7, 2015, and was playing in his 41st career game. He is the 3,698th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
- Cardinals pitcher Matt Bowman (2IP H 0R BB 2K ND in the 5-4 win over the Reds) made his Major League debut April 6 and was playing in his 39th career game. He is the 3,699th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Iwakuma earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Grandal earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Vogt earns 1.5 points for being AL 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
|8/8||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||9.0||SEA 3, DET 0||Hisashi Iwakuma (W, 13-7)||-||-||-||-||7.0||5||0||0||1||8|
|7.0||MIN 3, HOU 1||Tyler Duffey (W, 7-8)||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||1||1||1||8|
|BAT||3.0||OAK 3, BAL 2||Stephen Vogt (C)||3||2||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|NL||3.0||LAD 9, PHI 4||Yasmani Grandal (C)||3||3||2||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||SF 8, MIA 7 (14)||George Kontos (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||1||2|
|3.0||ATL 4, MIL 3 (12)||Brandon Cunniff (W, 1-0)||-||-||-||-||2.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||TOR 7, TB 5||Devon Travis (2B)||5||2||4||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||`STL 5, CIN 4||Matt Bowman||-||-||-||-||2.0||1||0||0||1||2|
|1.0||TEX 4, COL 3||Elvis Andrus (SS)||3||1||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||+/-|
|Iwakuma, Hisashi 3048||pi sp||sea al||6.0||19.1||54.2||54.2||-7.1|
|Grandal, Yasmani 3058||ca||lad nl||5.7||7.7||15.7||15.7||3.7|
|Andrus, Elvis 2582||ss||tex al||5.7||5.7||13.2||16.2||5.7|
|Duffey, Tyler 3558||pi sp||min al||5.0||9.0||9.0||9.0||1.0|
|Vogt, Stephen 3503||ca 1b||oak al||4.0||6.5||6.5||6.5||1.5|
|Kontos, George 3106||pi cp mr||sf nl||3.0||5.0||7.7||7.7||1.0|
|Travis, Devon 3436||2b||tor al||1.0||4.0||4.0||4.0||-2.0|
|Bowman, Matt 3699||pi mr||stl nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|
|Cunniff, Brandon 3698||pi mr||atl nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|