Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is Thursday’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 June 29:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||18.1|
|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|
Also Thursday, Box-Toppers season points leader Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers extended his lead after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester rises to 20th place in career Box-Toppers points since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began) after earning Player of the Game honors.
Player of the Day—Kluber struck out 12 over eight innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 8.0 for the season, rising to 13th among all players, fifth among American League pitchers.
National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck of 12 over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and two walks, in the 6-2 win over the Angels.
Kershaw earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 18.1 for the season, extending his season player rankings lead over second-place player, Max Scherzer of the Nationals (14.0 Box-Toppers points). With his lead of 4.1 points, Scherzer would now need at least three starts to catch or pass Scherzer.
All-time leadersHere are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:
|1||Randy Johnson||pi sp||retired||278.8|
|2||Pedro Martinez||pi sp||retired||244.8|
|3||Clayton Kershaw||pi sp||lad nl||201.8|
|4||Curt Schilling||pi sp||retired||194.1|
|5||CC Sabathia||pi sp||nyy al||190.0|
|7||Albert Pujols||1b dh||ana al||184.3|
|8||Roy Halladay||pi sp||retired||170.7|
|9||Felix Hernandez||pi sp||sea al||169.7|
|10||Manny Ramirez||lf dh||retired||167.2|
|11||Johan Santana||pi sp||free agent||166.6|
|12||Zack Greinke||pi sp||ari nl||164.8|
|13||Roger Clemens||pi sp||retired||164.8|
|14||John Smoltz||pi sp||retired||160.9|
|15||Tim Hudson||pi sp||retired||157.0|
|16||Mike Mussina||pi sp||retired||155.6|
|18||Greg Maddux||pi sp||retired||151.7|
|19||Bartolo Colon||pi sp||dfa by braves||151.2|
|20||Jon Lester||pi sp||chi nl||149.2|
List of top 100 players since 1995 at the close of the 2016 season.
With the season at the halfway point, Kershaw is now on pace to earn 36.2 Box-Toppers points this season, which would break the single-season record of 33.7 set by Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson, who did it twice, in 2000 and 2002 (Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995). However, at this time last year, Kershaw led all players with 20.0 Box-Toppers points and was on pace to earn 40.0 points, but spent more than two months on the disabled list beginning in late June, and had only 4.4 points in the second half of the season, finishing with 24.4, in second place behind Scherzer’s 25.7.
The most Box-Toppers points Kershaw has earned in a single season is 31.5 in 2014, when he led all players. It is tied for the fourth-highest single-season Box-Toppers points by a player since tracking began in 1995.
Also, Kershaw now has 201.8 career Box-Toppers points, third-most among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails second-place player Pedro Martinez (244.8). Kershaw ranks first among all active players in career Box-Toppers points.
National League Batter of the Day—Randal Grichuk of the Cardinals hit a go-ahead, three-run, seventh-inning homer in the 10-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Grichuk also doubled and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in five runs.
American League Batter of the Day—Carlos Correa of the Astros hit two home runs and went 2-for-3, driving in four runs, in the 6-1 win over the Athletics.
Notable—Two other players with more than 100 career Box-Toppers points also earned Player of the Game honors Thursday:
- Cubs pitcher Jon Lester (6IP 3H R 3BB 7K ND in the 5-4 win over the Nationals) now has 149.2 career Box-Toppers points and rises to 20th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Thursday, he passes two players on the “all-time” list—Javier Vazquez (148.3) and Chipper Jones (149.0). Lester trails 19th-ranked player, Braves pitcher Bartolo Colon (151.2). Lester also now has 6.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, 12th among NL pitchers.
- Red Sox pitcher David Price (7IP 6H 3R 0BB 7K W in the 6-3 win over the Twins) now has 108.9 career Box-Toppers points and rises to 57th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Thursday, he passes three players on the “all-time” list—Lance Berkman (108.1), Kevin Millwood (108.3) and Billy Wagner (108.7). He trails 56th-ranked player Jeff Kent (109.7). Price has 2.7 Box-Toppers points on the season, 63rd among AL pitchers.
Rankings—Jay Bruce of the Mets rises to lead NL batters in season Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Thursday.
Bruce (2B 2-3 2R 2BI in the 6-3 win over the Marlins) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 7.0 for the season, passing previous NL batting leader Matt Adams of the Braves (6.5). Bruce ranks 21st among all players.
Debut—Willy Garcia of the White Sox made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday with his first career Player of the Game honor.
Garcia (2B 2-3 0R 2BI in the 4-3 win over the Yankees) made his Major League debut April 14 and was playing in his 29th career game. He is the 3,841st 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 Kershaw earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Grichuk and Correa 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 gameListed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score
|6/29||Score||Game||Player of the Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||14.0||CLE 5, TEX 1||Corey Kluber (W, 7-2)||-||-||-||-||8.0||3||1||1||1||12|
|13.0||BAL 2, TOR 0||Ubaldo Jimenez (W, 3-3)||-||-||-||-||8.0||2||0||0||1||8|
|NL||13.0||LAD 6, LAA 2||Clayton Kershaw (W, 12-2)||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||1||0||2||12|
|10.0||MIL 11, CIN 3||Jimmy Nelson (W, 6-4)||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||2||2||1||11|
|10.0||SD 6, ATL 0||Dinelson Lamet (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||1||8|
|BAT||7.0||STL 10, ARI 4||Randal Grichuk (CF-LF)||4||3||3||5||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|BAT||5.0||HOU 6, OAK 1||Carlos Correa (SS)||3||2||2||4||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5.0||`CHC 5, WSH 4||Jon Lester||-||-||-||-||6.0||3||1||1||3||7|
|3.2||DET 7, KC 3||Michael Fulmer (W, 7-6)||-||-||-||-||8.2||7||3||2||0||7|
|3.0||NYM 6, MIA 3||Jay Bruce (RF)||3||2||2||2||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||BOS 6, MIN 3||David Price (W, 3-2)||-||-||-||-||7.0||6||3||3||0||7|
|1.1||PIT 4, TB 0||Jameson Taillon (W, 4-2)||-||-||-||-||6.1||7||0||0||2||4|
|1.0||CHW 4, NYY 3||Willy Garcia (RF)||3||0||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||+/-|
|Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||18.1||42.5||142.2||201.8||-6.3|
|Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||8.0||29.2||73.4||73.4||-13.2|
|Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||7.0||15.5||32.7||65.8||-1.5|
|Nelson, Jimmy 3299||pi sp||mil nl||7.0||10.0||20.4||20.4||4.0|
|Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||6.0||28.1||73.6||149.2||-16.1|
|Fulmer, Michael 3640||pi sp||det al||4.7||17.4||17.4||17.4||-8.0|
|Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||4.0||11.7||18.9||18.9||-3.7|
|Grichuk, Randal 3474||rf cf lf||stl nl||4.0||5.0||14.5||14.5||3.0|
|Lamet, Dinelson 3808||pi sp||sd nl||3.7||3.7||3.7||3.7||3.7|
|Taillon, Jameson 3658||pi sp||pit nl||3.0||8.0||8.0||8.0||-2.0|
|Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||2.7||15.1||77.1||108.9||-9.7|
|Jimenez, Ubaldo 2349||pi sp||bal al||2.0||6.7||38.6||81.5||-2.7|
|Garcia Willy 3841||rf||chi al||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|