Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is Wednesday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to sixth place in season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of June 28:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||16.4|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||14.0|
|3||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||12.4|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||12.1|
|5||Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||10.0|
|6||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||9.4|
|7||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||9.4|
|8||McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||9.4|
|9||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||9.0|
|10||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||8.7|
Strasburg struck out 13 over seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned), four hits and one walk, in the 8-4 win over the Cubs.
Strasburg earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 9.4 for the season. He now ranks fourth among National League pitchers.
With Strasburg’s rise back into Box-Toppers’ top 10 players, Ryon Healy of the Athletics (8.7 Box-Toppers points) falls to 11th. He had been the only batter among the top 10 players.
American League Player of the Day—Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight and allowing five hits and one walk, in the 4-0 win over the Orioles.
American League Batter of the Day—Josh Reddick of the Athletics went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 11-8 win over the Astros.
National League Batter of the Day—Nick Hundley of the Giants homered and went 2-for-3, driving in two runs, in the 5-3 win over the Rockies.
Notable—Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright rises to 44th place among all players in career Box-Toppers points since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began) after earning Player of the Game honors Wednesday.
Wainwright (6.1IP 8H 2R BB 8K W in the 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 116.5 career points. He passes two players on Box-Toppers’ “all-time” points list—Torii Hunter (115.9) and Todd Helton (116.4) and now trails 43rd-ranked player Mark Buehrle (116.7). Wainwright has 4.5 Box-Toppers points on the season, 23rd among NL pitchers.
Debut—Two players made their Box-Toppers debut Wednesday, with their first career Player of the Game honors:
- Miguel Andujar of the Yankees (3-4 0R 4BI in the 12-3 win over the White Sox) was also making his Major League debut. He is the 3,839th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
- Reds pitcher Luis Castillo (5.2IP 5H 2R 3BB 9K ND in the 4-3 win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut June 23 and was playing in his second career game. He is the 3,840th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Strasburg earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Stroman earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Reddick and Hundley each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Wednesday’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
|6/28||Score||Game||Player of the Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||10.0||WSH 8, CHC 4||Stephen Strasburg (W, 9-2)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||3||2||1||13|
|AL||9.2||TOR 4, BAL 0||Marcus Stroman (W, 8-4)||-||-||-||-||7.2||5||0||0||1||8|
|BAT||4.0||HOU 11, OAK 8||Josh Reddick (RF-LF)||4||2||3||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|4.0||NYM 8, MIA 0||Steven Matz (W, 2-1)||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||0||0||1||4|
|4.0||`LAA 3, LAD 2||Alex Meyer||-||-||-||-||6.0||1||0||0||5||4|
|3.0||NYY 12, CHW 3||Miguel Andujar (DH)||4||0||3||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||SD 7, ATL 4||Brandon Maurer (S, 15)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.2||MIN 4, BOS 1||Adalberto Mejia (W, 3-3)||-||-||-||-||5.2||5||0||0||1||3|
|2.2||`CIN 4, MIL 3||Luis Castillo||-||-||-||-||5.2||5||2||2||3||9|
|2.1||CLE 5, TEX 3||Trevor Bauer (W, 7-6)||-||-||-||-||6.1||4||1||1||1||3|
|2.0||KC 8, DET 2||Salvador Perez (C)||5||2||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||2.0||SF 5, COL 3||Nick Hundley (C)||3||1||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||PHI 5, SEA 4||Hector Neris (S, 7)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||1|
|1.1||STL 4, ARI 3||Adam Wainwright (W, 8-5)||-||-||-||-||6.1||8||2||2||1||8|
|1.0||PIT 6, TB 2||Jose Osuna (RF)||4||1||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
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||+/-|
|Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||9.4||24.5||83.6||92.3||-5.7|
|Perez, Salvador 2972||ca||kc al||5.5||9.5||24.7||27.2||1.5|
|Meyer, Alex 3742||pi sp||ana al||5.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||4.0|
|Wainwright, Adam 2150||pi sp||stl nl||4.5||14.7||65.8||116.5||-5.7|
|Reddick, Josh 2936||rf lf||hou al||4.5||8.0||27.9||28.9||1.0|
|Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||4.0||15.4||33.5||33.5||-7.4|
|Stroman, Marcus 3327||pi sp||tor al||3.7||10.4||26.8||26.8||-3.0|
|Neris, Hector 3553||pi cp mr||phi nl||3.0||5.0||6.0||6.0||1.0|
|Hundley, Nick 2497||ca||sf nl||3.0||4.0||15.0||25.5||2.0|
|Mejia, Adalberto 3812||pi sp||min al||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0|
|Maurer, Brandon 3157||pi cp||sd nl||2.0||4.0||7.0||7.0||0.0|
|Osuna, Jose 3795||1b rf||pit nl||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.0|
|Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||1.0||13.1||16.6||16.6||-11.1|
|Andujar, Miguel 3839||dh||nyy al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|
|Castillo, Luis 3840||pi sp||cin nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|