Christian Yelich of the Marlins 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 Sept. 1:
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||22.7|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||18.4|
|4||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||18.2|
|5||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||16.8|
|6||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||15.4|
|7||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|9||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||14.0|
|10||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||13.7|
Yelich hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 6-4 win over the Mets.
American League Player of the Day—Byron Buxton of the Twins hit a three-run homer in the 8-5 win over the White Sox. Buxton went 1-for-3.
Batters of the Day—There are no separate National League and American League Batters of the Day Thursday because the overall Player of the Day was NL batter Christian Yelich and the overall AL Player of the Day was AL batter Byron Buxton.
Notable—Freddie Freeman of the Braves had the most season Box-Toppers points of the four who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday—only four games were played.
Freeman (HR 1-3 2R 3BI in the 9-6 win over the Padres) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.0 for the season. He ranks 114th among all players and 16th among NL batters.
Scoring—Yelich earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Buxton earns 1.7 points for being AL Player 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
|9/1||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||5.0||MIA 6, NYM 4||Christian Yelich, CF||4||2||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||CHC 5, SF 4||Joe Smith (W,2-4)||-||-||-||-||2.0||0||0||0||0||3|
|3.0||ATL 9, SD 6||Freddie Freeman, 1B||3||2||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|AL||2.0||MIN 8, CHW 5||Byron Buxton, CF||3||1||1||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
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||+/-|
|Freeman, Freddie 2887||1b||atl nl||6.0||9.0||37.2||37.2||3.0|
|Yelich, Christian 3334||lf cf||fla nl||4.5||7.0||14.5||14.5||2.0|
|Smith, Joe 2388||pi cp mr||chi nl||2.0||5.0||13.0||14.0||-1.0|
|Buxton, Byron 3604||cf||min al||1.7||2.7||2.7||2.7||0.7|