Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and becomes the fourth player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of June 11:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||14.4|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||12.0|
|3||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||11.4|
|4||Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||10.0|
|5||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||8.4|
|6||Judge, Aaron 3767||rf||nyy al||8.2|
|7||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||7.7|
|8||McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||7.7|
|9||Martinez, Carlos 3371||pi sp||stl nl||7.5|
|10||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||7.4|
Also Sunday, Aaron Judge of the Yankees rises to sixth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings—first among all batters—after earning American League Player of the Day honors.
Player of the Day—Ray struck out 12 over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and four walks, in the 11-1 win over the Brewers.
Ray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 10.0 for the season, rising from fifth to fourth place in season player rankings. He ranks third among National League pitchers, behind overall leader Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (14.4) and Max Scherzer of the Nationals (12.0). This is Ray’s first season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points—in 2015 he had 4.0 and in 2016 he had 6.7.
American League Player of the Day—Aaron Judge of the Yankees hit two homers and doubled, going 4-for-4, scoring four times and driving in three runs, in the 14-3 win over the Orioles.
Judge earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 8.2 for the season, rising to sixth place in season player rankings, first among all batters and the only batter among the overall top 10 players. He passes previous AL batting leader Miguel Sano of the Twins (6.5).
National League Batter of the Day—Buster Posey of the Giants doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in four runs, in the 13-8 win over the Twins.
American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Sunday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Aaron Judge.
Streak—Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ has now earned Box-Toppers points in 10 straight seasons after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.
Happ (6IP 6H 0R BB 8K W in the 4-0 win over the Mariners) earned his first Box-Toppers point in 2008 with the Phillies and has 52.2 career points, 26th among active AL pitchers. His best season was 2016 with the Blue Jays when he had 14.7 Box-Toppers points, third among AL pitchers.
Debut—Rangers pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx made his Box-Toppers debut Sunday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors.
Bibens-Dirkx (7IP 3H R BB 2K W in the 5-1 win over the Nationals) made his Major League debut May 17 and was playing in his seventh career game. He is the 3,820th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Ray earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Judge earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Posey earns 1.5 points for being NL Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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
|6/11||Score||Game||Player of the Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||11.2||ARI 11, MIL 1||Robbie Ray (W,7-3)||-||-||-||-||6.2||3||0||0||4||12|
|9.0||PIT 3, MIA 1||Ivan Nova (W,6-4)||-||-||-||-||6.0||1||0||0||0||4|
|AL||7.0||NYY 14, BAL 3||Aaron Judge, RF||4||4||4||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|7.0||TOR 4, SEA 0||J.A. Happ (W,1-4)||-||-||-||-||6.0||6||0||0||1||8|
|4.2||`CLE 4, CHW 2||Andrew Miller||-||-||-||-||1.2||0||0||0||0||3|
|4.0||DET 8, BOS 3||Justin Upton, LF||5||1||3||5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||4.0||SF 13, MIN 8||Buster Posey, 1B||5||2||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||KC 8, SD 3||Mike Moustakas, 3B||4||2||2||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||LAA 12, HOU 6||Eric Young Jr., LF||4||1||2||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||LAD 9, CIN 7||Corey Seager, SS||4||1||2||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||TB 5, OAK 4||Mallex Smith, CF||3||2||3||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||NYM 2, ATL 1||Seth Lugo (W,1-0)||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||1||1||2||6|
|3.0||TEX 5, WSH 1||Austin Bibens-Dirkx (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||1||1||1||2|
|2.2||CHC 7, COL 5||Carl Edwards Jr. (W,2-0)||-||-||-||-||1.2||1||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||STL 6, PHI 5||Dexter Fowler, CF||4||1||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
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||+/-|
|Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||10.0||16.7||20.7||20.7||3.3|
|Judge, Aaron 3767||rf||nyy al||8.2||8.2||8.2||8.2||8.2|
|Nova, Ivan 2796||pi sp||pit nl||6.0||14.0||29.7||37.1||-2.0|
|Posey, Buster 2745||ca 1b||sf nl||4.5||8.0||33.0||37.5||1.0|
|Fowler, Dexter 2698||cf ph||stl nl||3.5||5.0||19.0||21.5||2.0|
|Miller, Andrew 2436||pi mr||cle al||3.0||11.0||18.0||26.0||-5.0|
|Upton, Justin 2411||lf||det al||3.0||9.7||35.9||54.1||-3.7|
|Edwards, Carl Jr. 3775||pi mr||chi nl||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0|
|Smith, Mallex 3819||cf||tb al||2.5||2.5||2.5||2.5||2.5|
|Seager, Corey 3587||ss||lad nl||2.0||6.0||7.5||7.5||-2.0|
|Moustakas, Mike 2967||dh 3b||kc al||2.0||3.0||22.2||24.2||1.0|
|Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||1.0||15.7||41.2||52.2||-13.7|
|Lugo, Seth 3729||pi sp||nym nl||1.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||0.0|
|Young, Eric Jr. 2941||lf||ana al||1.0||1.0||5.0||6.0||1.0|
|Bibens-Dirks, Austin 3820||pi sp||tex al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|