Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of May 15:
|1||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||8.4|
|2||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||7.7|
|3||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||7.0|
|4||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||6.0|
|5||Vargas, Jason 2055||pi sp||kc al||6.0|
|6||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||5.4|
|7||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||5.4|
|8||Triggs, Andrew 3723||pi sp||oak al||5.4|
|9||Kimbrel, Craig 2825||pi cp||bos al||5.0|
|10||Nova, Ivan 2796||pi sp||pit nl||5.0|
Godley allowed one run and one hit over 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven, in the 7-3 win over the Mets. Godley did not earn the win, picking up a no decision because the game was tied, 1-1, when he exited.
Godley also has the most Box-Toppers points among the eight who earned Player of the Game honors Monday. Godley earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season. He ranks 56th among all players for 2017, 15th among National League pitchers.
American League Player of the Day—Yuli Gurriel of the Astros hit a grand slam, doubled and went 2-for-4, in the 7-2 win over the Marlins.
This was Gurriel’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Gurriel made his Major League debut Aug. 21, 2016, and was playing in his 70th career game. He is the 3,796th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
National League Batter of the Day—Hunter Renfroe of the Padres hit a walk-off, two-run, 10th-inning homer in the 6-5 win over the Brewers. Renfroe also doubled and went 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in four runs.
American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Yuli Gurriel.
Streak—Nelson Cruz of the Mariners has now earned Box-Toppers points for 12 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honor of the season.
Cruz (HR 1-3 R 2BI in the 6-5 win over the Athletics) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2006 with the Rangers and has 54.7 career points, seventh among active AL designated hitters. His best year was 2014 with the Orioles when he had 8.5 points, sixth among AL batters. In 2016, he had 6.5 points with the Mariners, seventh among AL designated hitters.
Scoring—Godley earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Gurriel earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Renfroe earns 1.5 points for being NL 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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
AL—Overall American League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
NL—Overall National League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
BAT—Top AL or NL Batter of the Day, worth 1.5 total Box-Toppers points.
All other players listed here earn Player of the Game honors, worth 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
` 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 the Game||Pos||Team||’17||’16-17||’12-17||Career||+/-|
|Godley, Zack 3538||pi sp||ari nl||3.0||4.0||7.7||7.7||2.0|
|Kemp, Matt 2151||lf||atl nl||2.5||10.0||33.0||61.6||-5.0|
|Norris, Bud 2638||pi cp sp||ana al||2.0||7.7||32.4||48.1||-3.7|
|Gurriel, Yuli 3796||1b||hou al||1.7||1.7||1.7||1.7||1.7|
|Renfroe, Hunter 3749||rf||sd nl||1.5||4.0||4.0||4.0||-1.0|
|Cruz, Nelson Ramon 2224||dh||sea al||1.0||7.5||28.5||54.7||-5.5|
|Nunez, Eduardo 2795||lf 3b||sf nl||1.0||6.5||13.5||16.0||-4.5|
|Chisenhall, Lonnie 2959||cf||cle al||1.0||4.5||12.5||14.5||-2.5|