Indians' Corey Kluber tops players for Thursday, June 1; Dbacks' Greinke rises to 5th in Box-Toppers player rankings

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Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Also Thursday, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of June 1:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 10.7
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 10.0
3 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 9.4
4 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 8.4
5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.7
6 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 7.0
7 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 7.0
8 Judge, Aaron 3767 rf nyy al 6.5
9 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 6.4
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 6.4
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Player of the Day—Kluber struck out 10 over six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk, in the 8-0 win over the Athletics.

National League Player of the Day—Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing three hits and one walk, in the 2-1 win over the Mets.

American League Batter of the Day—Aaron Hicks of the Yankees hit three doubles and went 4-for-5, scoring twice and driving in six runs, in the 12-2 win over the Blue Jays.

National League Batter of the Day—Gerardo Parra of the Rockies doubled and went 4-for-4, scoring once and driving in one run, in the 6-3 win over the Mariners.

Rankings—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Greinke (7IP 4H 2R 1ER 2BB 8K W in the 3-2 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.7 for the season, rising from seventh to fifth place among players for 2017. He ranks third among NL pitchers.

Greinke also now has 163.8 career Box-Toppers points, 13th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. Greinke trails 12th-ranked player Roger Clemens (164.8).

Notable—Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright now has 115.5 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.

Wainwright (6IP 4H 0R 2BB 6K W in the 2-0 win over the Dodgers) rises to 46th place among all players in Box-Toppers points since 1995, when player tracking began. With his 1.0 Box-Toppers point earned Thursday, Wainwright passes two players on the “all-time” list—Josh Beckett (114.9) and Tim Lincecum (115.0). He trails 45th-ranked player Torii Hunter (115.9).

Wainwright has 3.5 Box-Toppers points for the season.

Debut—Twins pitcher Adalberto Mejia made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Mejia (6IP 5H R 2BB 5K ND in the 4-2 win over the Angels) made his Major League debut Aug. 20, 2016, and was playing in his seventh career game. He is the 3,812th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Anderson earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Hicks and Parra each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter 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.

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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score 

6/1 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 CLE 8, OAK 0 Corey Kluber (W,4-2) - - - - 6.0 2 0 0 1 10
NL 10.0 MIL 2, NYM 1 Chase Anderson (W,4-1) - - - - 7.0 3 0 0 1 7
BAT 7.0 NYY 12, TOR 2 Aaron Hicks, CF 5 2 4 6 - - - - - -
6.0 ARI 3, MIA 2 Zack Greinke (W,7-3) - - - - 7.0 4 2 1 2 8
6.0 STL 2, LAD 0 Adam Wainwright (W,6-3) - - - - 6.0 4 0 0 2 6
BAT 2.0 COL 6, SEA 3 Gerardo Parra, LF 4 1 4 1 - - - - - -
2.0 BAL 7, BOS 5 Mark Trumbo, RF 4 1 3 2 - - - - - -
2.0 `MIN 4, LAA 2 Adalberto Mejia - - - - 6.0 5 1 1 2 5
MLB—Overall Box-Toppers Player of the Day, worth 2.0 total Box-Toppers points.
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 players

Here 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 +/-
Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.7 17.4 86.7 163.8 -2.0
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 4.0 25.2 69.4 69.4 -17.2
Parra, Gerardo 2746 rf lf col nl 4.0 6.5 18.5 25.0 1.5
Anderson, Chase 3328 pi sp mil nl 3.7 10.7 19.7 19.7 -3.3
Wainwright, Adam 2150 pi sp stl nl 3.5 13.7 64.8 115.5 -6.7
Hicks, Aaron 3170 cf nyy al 3.0 4.0 8.0 8.0 2.0
Trumbo, Mark 2851 dh rf bal al 2.0 10.2 29.9 35.9 -6.2
Mejia, Adalberto 3812 pi sp min al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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