Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to become the active leader in career Box-Toppers points.
Kershaw struck out eight over seven innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and two hits, in the 14-3 win over the Padres.
All-time leadersAfter earning Box-Toppers Player of the Day honors Monday, Clayton Kershaw rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began). Kershaw also passes CC Sabathia to become the leader in points among all active players:
|1||Randy Johnson||pi sp||retired||278.8|
|2||Pedro Martinez||pi sp||retired||244.8|
|3||Curt Schilling||pi sp||retired||194.1|
|5||Clayton Kershaw||pi sp||lad nl||185.7|
|6||CC Sabathia||pi sp||nyy al||185.0|
|7||Albert Pujols||1b dh||ana al||182.3|
|8||Roy Halladay||pi sp||retired||170.7|
|9||Felix Hernandez||pi sp||sea al||168.7|
|10||Manny Ramirez||lf dh||retired||167.2|
|11||Johan Santana||pi sp||free agent||166.6|
|12||Roger Clemens||pi sp||retired||164.8|
|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||Bartolo Colon||pi sp||atl nl||148.5|
List of top 100 players since 1995 at the close of the 2016 season.
Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 185.7 for his career, passing Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia (185.0 points) to lead all active players in career Box-Toppers points. Kershaw now ranks fifth among all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995, when tracking began, trailing fourth place player Alex Rodriguez (187.0 points) by just 1.3.
Sabathia became the active leader in career Box-Toppers points on Aug. 13, 2016, when Alex Rodriguez, the then-active leader, was released by the Yankees. Kershaw’s rise past Sabathia is the first time a player has passed another player for the career points lead among active players (without a release or retirement) since April 2, 2011, when Rodriguez (168.6 points) passed then-active leader Manny Ramirez (167.2)—though Ramirez retired several days later.
Kershaw also assumes first place in 2017 season player rankings after two days of the season with his 2.0 Box-Toppers points. While he is tied with Sunday’s Player of the Day, Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez (2.0 points), Kershaw holds the tiebreaker because he had more 2016 points—24.4 vs. 12.4. Kershaw led players three times in 2016, including from May 7 to Aug. 24. He has been Box-Toppers Player of the Year, leading all players in Box-Toppers points, three times—in 2011 (26.1 points), 2013 (21.7) and 2014 (31.5).
Kershaw has now also earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors for 10 straight seasons. Kershaw earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2008 with the Dodgers. His best season was 2014 with 31.5 points, when he led all players. He has six straight seasons (through 2016) with 20.0 or more points and eight straight seasons (through 2016) with 10.0 or more points.
American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, two walks and striking out four, in the 3-0 win over the Mariners.
National League Batter of the Day—Mark Reynolds of the Rockies homered and went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 7-5 win over the Brewers.
Reynolds has now earned Box-Toppers points for 11 straight seasons. He earned his first Box-Toppers points 2007 with the Diamondbacks and has 52.9 career points, fifth among active NL first basemen. His best year was 2011 with the Orioles, when he had 9.5 points, fifth among AL batters.
American League Batter of the Day—Khris Davis of the Athletics homered twice and went 3-for-4, in the 4-2 win over the Angels.
Streaks—In addition to Kershaw and Reynolds, two other players Monday extended streaks of 10 or more straight seasons earning Box-Toppers points:
- Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has now earned Box-Toppers points in 13 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 7-1 win over the Royals (7.0IP 2H R 2BB 3K W). Santana earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2005 with the Angels and has 98.3 career Box-Toppers points, eighth among active AL pitchers. His best season was 2008 with the Angels, when he had 16.7 Box-Toppers points, first among AL pitchers.
- Adam Lind of the Nationals has now earned Box-Toppers points in 12 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors in the 4-2 win over the Marlins (pinch-hit, seventh-inning two-run home run). Lind earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Blue Jays and has 60.5 career points, third among active NL first basemen. His best season was 2009 with the Blue Jays when he had 16.4 Box-Toppers points, second among AL batters.
Scoring—Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Keuchel earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Reynolds and Davis 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.
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Top player from each game
Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|MLB||10.0||LAD 14, SD 3||Clayton Kershaw (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||2||1||0||8|
|8.0||`NYM 6, ATL 0||Noah Syndergaard||-||-||-||-||6.0||5||0||0||0||7|
|AL||7.0||HOU 3, SEA 0||Dallas Keuchel (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||0||0||2||4|
|BAT||4.0||COL 7, MIL 5||Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||2||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||MIN 7, KC 1||Ervin Santana (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||1||1||2||3|
|BAT||3.0||OAK 4, LAA 2||Khris Davis, LF||4||2||3||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||WSH 4, MIA 2||Adam Lind, PH||1||1||1||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||CLE 8, TEX 5||Andrew Miller (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||BOS 5, PIT 3||Craig Kimbrel (S,1)||-||-||-||-||1.0||1||0||0||0||2|
|1.2||`BAL 3, TOR 2 (F/11)||Mychal Givens (BS,1)||-||-||-||-||1.2||2||0||0||0||2|
|1.0||PHI 4, CIN 3||Freddy Galvis, SS||4||2||2||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|`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 (’17). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’16-17), the period 2012-2017 (’12-17) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2017 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2016 total (+/-).
|Player of Game||Pos||Team||’17||’16-17||’12-17||Career||+/-|
|Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||2.0||26.4||126.1||185.7||-22.4|
|Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||1.7||8.7||44.5||44.5||-5.3|
|Davis, Khris 3242||lf||oak al||1.5||8.2||18.2||18.2||-5.2|
|Reynolds, Mark 2297||1b||col nl||1.5||5.5||20.2||52.9||-2.5|
|Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||1.0||17.7||28.1||28.1||-15.7|
|Kimbrel, Craig 2825||pi cp||bos al||1.0||9.0||53.7||59.7||-7.0|
|Miller, Andrew 2436||pi mr cp||cle al||1.0||9.0||16.0||24.0||-7.0|
|Lind, Adam 2238||1b ph||dc nl||1.0||6.4||25.4||60.5||-4.4|
|Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||1.0||5.0||37.8||98.3||-3.0|
|Galvis, Freddy 3202||ss||phi nl||1.0||5.0||13.0||13.0||-3.0|
|Givens, Mychal 3599||pi mr||bal al||1.0||3.0||4.0||4.0||-1.0|