Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker is Tuesday’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 Sept. 13:
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||23.7|
|2||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||20.4|
|3||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||20.2|
|4||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|5||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||18.1|
|6||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||16.8|
|7||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym al||15.7|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||15.1|
|9||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|10||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||lad nl||14.4|
Also Tuesday, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning National League Player of the Day honors.
Player of the Day—Walker pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking none, in the 8-0 win over the Angels.
National League Player of the Day—Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 over seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and one walk, in the 4-3, 10-inning win over the Nationals. Syndergaard did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because after he exited, the Nationals tied the game 3-3 before the Mets took the lead for good in the top of the 10th inning.
Syndergaard earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 15.7 for the season, rising to seventh place in season player rankings, fifth among NL pitchers. His rise back into Box-Toppers top 10 displaces Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (14.1 Box-Toppers points) from the list, as he falls to 11th.
American League Batter of the Day—Jorge Polanco of the Twins homered, doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 8-1 win over the Tigers.
This was Polanco’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Polanco made his Major League debut June 26, 2014, and was playing in his 61st career game. He is the 3,739th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
National League Batter of the Day—Brandon Moss of the Cardinals homered and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 4-2 win over the Cubs.
Notable—Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia extends his lead in career Box-Toppers points among active players after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.
Sabathia (6.1IP 3H 0R BB 7K ND in the 3-0 win over the Dodgers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 184.0 career points. He leads second-place active player Albert Pujols of the Angels (182.3) by 1.7 points.
Sabathia ranks fifth among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails fourth-place player Alex Rodriguez (187.0) on the “all-time” list. Sabathia has 5.0 Box-Toppers points on the season. (See the homepage for the updated “all-time” top 20 Box-Toppers player rankings list.)
Also notable—White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana becomes the 39th player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.
Quintana (8IP 5H R BB 6K W in the 8-1 win over the Indians) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 10.4 for the season, 36th among all players and 15th among AL pitchers.
Debut—Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Koch (4IP 2H 0R BB 4K Sv in the 11-4 win over the Rockies) made his Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Koch made his Major League debut Sept. 9 and was playing in his second career game. He is the 3,740th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Walker earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Syndergaard earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Polanco and Moss 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.
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Top player from each game
Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|9/13||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||17.0||SEA 8, LAA 0||Taijuan Walker (W,6-10)||-||-||-||-||9.0||3||0||0||0||11|
|NL||10.0||`NYM 4, WSH 3 (10)||Noah Syndergaard||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||1||1||10|
|9.1||`NYY 3, LAD 0||CC Sabathia||-||-||-||-||6.1||3||0||0||1||7|
|8.0||CIN 6, MIL 4||Dan Straily (W,12-8)||-||-||-||-||8.0||3||2||2||1||8|
|8.0||`PIT 5, PHI 3||Ivan Nova||-||-||-||-||6.0||5||2||1||1||11|
|6.0||CHW 8, CLE 1||Jose Quintana (W,12-10)||-||-||-||-||8.0||5||1||1||1||6|
|BAT||5.0||MIN 8, DET 1||Jorge Polanco, SS||4||2||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||ARI 11, COL 4||Matt Koch (S,1)||-||-||-||-||4.0||2||0||0||1||4|
|5.0||`TEX 3, HOU 2||A.J. Griffin||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||2||2||1||7|
|4.0||TB 6, TOR 2||Steven Souza Jr., RF||1||3||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||MIA 7, ATL 5||Justin Nicolino (W,3-6)||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|BAT||3.0||STL 4, CHC 2||Brandon Moss, LF||3||2||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||BAL 6, BOS 3||J.J. Hardy, SS||2||1||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||OAK 5, KC 4||Yonder Alonso, PH-1B||1||1||1||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||SD 6, SF 4||Kevin Quackenbush (S,2)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||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||+/-|
|Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||15.7||26.1||26.1||26.1||5.3|
|Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||10.4||16.4||35.2||35.2||4.4|
|Walker, Taijuan 3453||pi sp||sea al||7.7||21.4||21.4||21.4||-6.0|
|Nova, Ivan 2796||pi sp||pit nl||7.0||8.0||29.1||30.1||6.0|
|Straily, Dan 3080||pi sp||cin nl||6.0||6.0||16.7||16.7||6.0|
|Souza, Steven Jr. 3461||rf||tb al||5.7||11.2||11.2||11.2||0.2|
|Griffin, A.J. 3074||pi sp||tex al||5.7||5.7||20.4||20.4||5.7|
|Hardy, J.J. 2071||ss||bal al||5.2||5.2||26.6||53.8||5.2|
|Sabathia, C.C. 1492||pi sp||nyy al||5.0||10.7||45.5||184.0||-0.7|
|Moss, Brandon 2520||rf lf 1b||stl nl||4.0||9.0||25.0||27.0||-1.0|
|Quackenbush, Kevin 3462||pi cp mr||sd nl||3.0||5.0||5.0||5.0||1.0|
|Alonso, Yonder 2945||1b ph||oak al||2.0||3.5||13.0||13.0||0.5|
|Nicolino, Justin 3576||pi sp mr||fla nl||2.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||1.0|
|Polanco, Jorge 3739||ss||min al||1.5||1.5||1.5||1.5||1.5|
|Koch, Matt 3740||pi cp||ari nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|