Adam Duvall of the Reds 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 Sept. 26:
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||24.7|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||24.4|
|3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||died*||22.4|
|4||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||22.1|
|5||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||21.2|
|6||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||17.8|
|7||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||15.7|
|8||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym al||15.7|
|9||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||15.4|
|10||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||15.1|
* Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident Sept. 25. His team was the Miami Marlins.
Duvall hit two homers, including a three-run shot, in the 15-2 win over the Cardinals. Duvall went 4-for-6, scoring four times and driving in five runs.
American League Player of the Day—Angels pitcher Jered Weaver pitched five scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out three, in the 2-1 win over the Athletics. Weaver did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Athletics tied the game after he exited.
Weaver earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 127.8 for his career, rising to 35th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his points Monday, he passes Roy Oswalt (127.2) and A.J. Burnett (127.8) on the “all-time” list and now trails 34th-ranked player Vladimir Guerrero (128.3). Weaver has 4.7 Box-Toppers points on the season, his lowest point total in his 11-year career.
American League Batter of the Day—Robinson Cano of the Mariners hit two homers and a double in the 4-3, 11-inning win over the Astros. Cano went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs.
Cano earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being AL Batter of the Day, giving him 7.0 for the season, the highest point total of any of the 10 who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. He ranks 20th among AL batters.
National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall Player of the Day was NL batter Adam Duvall.
Kluber—Corey Kluber, ranked fifth in Box-Toppers season player rankings, started in the Indians’ win Monday but failed to earn Player of the Game honors.
Kluber (4IP 5H 2R BB 3K ND in the 7-4 win over the Tigers) had a Box-Toppers game score of −4.0. Player of the Game was middle reliever Andrew Miller (1.2IP H 0R 0BB 4K W) who had a Box-Toppers game score of +4.2.
Kluber has 21.2 Box-Toppers points on the season, fifth among all players and first among AL players.
Streak—Justin Morneau of the White Sox has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of the season Monday.
Morneau (HR 2-3 R 3BI in the 7-1 win over the Rays) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2004 with the Twins and has 74.3 career points, fourth among active AL first basemen. His best season was 2006 with the Twins, when he had 12.2 Box-Toppers points, seventh among AL batters. In 2015, he had 2.0 Box-Toppers points with the Rockies.
Scoring—Duvall earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Weaver earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Cano 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.
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Top player from each game
Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|9/26||Score||Game||Player of Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||7.0||CIN 15, STL 2||Adam Duvall, LF||6||4||4||5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|6.0||MIL 8, TEX 3||Jonathan Villar, 2B||4||2||3||5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|AL||6.0||`LAA 2, OAK 1||Jered Weaver||-||-||-||-||5.0||1||0||0||1||3|
|5.0||ARI 14, WSH 4||Zack Godley (W,5-4)||-||-||-||-||3.0||1||0||0||0||3|
|4.2||CLE 7, DET 4||Andrew Miller (W,10-1; H,24)||-||-||-||-||1.2||1||0||0||0||4|
|4.0||CHC 12, PIT 2||Javier Baez, 2B-SS||5||1||2||6||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||3.0||SEA 4, HOU 3 (11)||Robinson Cano, 2B||4||2||3||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||MIA 7, NYM 3||Justin Bour, 1B||3||2||3||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||CHW 7, TB 1||Justin Morneau, DH||3||1||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||NYY 7, TOR 5||Adam Warren (W,7-4)||-||-||-||-||2.0||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||+/-|
|Cano, Robinson 2092||2b||sea al||7.0||13.5||42.5||74.4||0.5|
|Miller, Andrew 2436||pi cp mr||cle al||7.0||11.0||15.0||22.0||3.0|
|Duvall, Adam 3573||lf||cin nl||6.5||8.0||8.0||8.0||5.0|
|Weaver, Jered 2178||pi sp||ana al||4.7||12.4||67.0||127.8||-3.0|
|Villar, Jonathan 3233||ss 2b ph||mil nl||4.0||4.0||6.0||6.0||4.0|
|Warren, Adam 3169||pi mr||nyy al||3.0||6.7||10.7||10.7||-0.7|
|Bour, Justin 3433||1b ph||fla nl||2.5||11.0||12.5||12.5||-6.0|
|Baez, Javier 3395||2b ss||chi nl||2.0||2.0||4.5||4.5||2.0|
|Godley, Zack 3538||pi mr sp||ari nl||1.0||4.7||4.7||4.7||-2.7|
|Morneau, Justin 1900||dh 1b||chi al||1.0||3.0||19.7||74.3||-1.0|