Nationals pitcher Joe Ross 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 8:
|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||9.4|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||8.4|
|5||Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||8.0|
|6||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||7.7|
|7||McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||7.7|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||7.4|
|9||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||7.4|
|10||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||7.0|
Also Thursday, Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.
Player of the Day—Ross struck out 12 over 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run, four hits and no walks, in the 6-1 win over the Orioles.
American League Player of the Day—Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. Struck out eight over seven innings, allowing two hits, one run and two walks, in the 6-1 win over the Royals. McCullers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because he exited with the score tied, 1-1.
McCullers earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 7.7 for the season, rising to seventh place in season player rankings. He ranks third among AL pitchers.
National League Batter of the Day—Chris Iannetta of the Diamondbacks homered, doubled twice and went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in seven runs, in the 15-3 win over the Padres.
American League Batter of the Day—Derek Norris of the Rays hit two homers and went 2-for-3, driving in three runs, in the 7-5 win over the White Sox.
Debut—Austin Slater of the Giants made his Box-Toppers debut Thursday, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors.
Slater (HR 1-2 2R BI in the 9-5, 10-inning win over the Brewers) made his Major League debut June 2 and was playing in his fourth career game. He is the 3,818th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.
Scoring—Ross earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and McCullers earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Iannetta and Norris 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
|6/8||Score||Game||Player of the Game||AB||R||H||BI||IP||H||R||ER||BB||K|
|MLB||13.1||WSH 6, BAL 1||Joe Ross (W,3-2)||-||-||-||-||7.1||4||1||1||0||12|
|10.0||MIA 7, PIT 1||Edinson Volquez (W,3-7)||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||0||0||2||8|
|10.0||ATL 3, PHI 1||R.A. Dickey (W,4-4)||-||-||-||-||7.0||3||1||1||0||8|
|AL||9.0||`HOU 6, KC 1||Lance McCullers Jr.||-||-||-||-||7.0||2||1||1||2||8|
|BAT||8.0||ARI 15, SD 3||Chris Iannetta, C||5||3||3||7||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|8.0||NYY 9, BOS 1||Michael Pineda (W,7-3)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||1||0||2||8|
|7.0||CIN 5, STL 2||Scott Feldman (W,5-4)||-||-||-||-||7.0||4||0||0||0||4|
|BAT||4.0||TB 7, CHW 5||Derek Norris, C||3||2||2||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||LAA 11, DET 4||Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||1||3||3||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|3.0||MIN 2, SEA 1||Brandon Kintzler (S,16)||-||-||-||-||1.0||0||0||0||0||2|
|2.0||SF 9, MIL 5 (F/10)||Austin Slater, LF||2||2||1||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|2.0||COL 4, CHC 1||Tyler Chatwood (W,6-7)||-||-||-||-||6.0||4||1||1||2||4|
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||+/-|
|McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||7.7||13.8||20.5||20.5||1.6|
|Chatwood, Tyler 2856||pi sp||col nl||6.4||13.4||20.1||23.1||-0.6|
|Feldman, Scott 2632||pi sp||cin nl||5.0||5.0||21.7||29.7||5.0|
|Volquez, Edinson 2220||pi sp||fla nl||4.0||10.4||40.1||68.2||-2.4|
|Pineda, Michael 2841||pi sp||nyy al||4.0||10.0||26.4||38.1||-2.0|
|Kintzler, Brandon 3150||pi cp||min al||4.0||4.0||6.0||6.0||4.0|
|Ross, Joe 3499||pi sp||dc nl||2.0||7.7||12.7||12.7||-3.7|
|Espinosa, Danny 2804||2b||ana al||2.0||5.2||11.7||18.9||-1.2|
|Norris, Derek 3198||ca||tb al||1.5||2.5||14.5||14.5||0.5|
|Iannetta, Chris 2239||ca||ari nl||1.5||2.5||9.5||20.0||0.5|
|Dickey, R.A. 1734||pi sp||atl nl||1.0||8.0||48.2||78.9||-6.0|
|Slater, Austin 3818||lf||sf nl||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|