Dodgers' Rich Hill tops players for Thursday, July 6; Indians' Encarnacion tops AL players

Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill is Thursday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of July 6:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 20.1
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.0
3 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 13.1
4 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 12.4
5 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 12.0
6 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 10.4
7 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 10.4
8 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 10.0
9 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 9.7
10 McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 9.4
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Hill struck out nine over seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and no walks, in the 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Hill did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because when he exited, the game was tied, 1-1.

It is the third straight day that a Dodgers pitcher has earned Box-Toppers overall Player of the Day honors. Clayton Kershaw did it Tuesday. Alex Wood did it Wednesday.

American League Player of the Day—Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians homered, doubled and went 4-for-5, scoring four times and driving in two runs, in the 11-2 win over the Padres.

Encarnacion earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being AL Player of the Day, giving him 7.9 for the season, most among the 12 who earned Player of the Game honors Thursday. Encarnacion ranks 18th among all players in season Box-Toppers points, third among AL batters, behind Ryon Healy of the Athletics (8.7) and Aaron Judge of the Yankees (8.2).

National League Batter of the Day—Domingo Santana of the Brewers hit two doubles and went 4-for-5, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 11-2 win over the Cubs.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Thursday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Edwin Encarnacion.

Streak—Russell Martin of the Blue Jays has now earned Box-Toppers points in 12 straight seasons after earning his first Player of the Game honors of the season Thursday.

Martin (HR 3-5 2R BI in the 7-4 win over the Astros) earned his first Box-Toppers points in 2006 with the Dodgers and now has 54.0 career points, second among active AL catchers, behind Brian McCann of the Astros (60.4). Martin’s best season was 2016 with the Blue Jays, when he had 10.5 points, sixth among AL batters.

Scoring—Hill earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Encarnacion earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Santana earns 1.5 points for being NL 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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Note—Friday’s usual Box-Toppers team power rankings report and player rankings report will be delayed until the All-Star break on Monday. 

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score 

7/6 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 12.0 `LAD 5, ARI 4 Rich Hill - - - - 7.0 2 1 1 0 9
AL 5.0 CLE 11, SD 2 Edwin Encarnacion (1B) 5 4 4 2 - - - - - -
5.0 DET 6, SF 2 Anibal Sanchez (W, 1-0) - - - - 6.0 5 2 2 0 8
BAT 4.0 MIL 11, CHC 2 Domingo Santana (RF) 5 3 4 2 - - - - - -
4.0 PIT 6, PHI 3 Gregory Polanco (RF) 4 2 4 2 - - - - - -
3.0 TB 4, BOS 1 Wilson Ramos (C) 3 1 2 3 - - - - - -
2.2 STL 4, MIA 3 Michael Wacha (W, 6-3) - - - - 5.2 6 2 2 2 9
2.0 ATL 5, WSH 2 Jim Johnson (S, 19) - - - - 1.0 1 0 0 0 2
1.0 TOR 7, HOU 4 Russell Martin (C) 5 2 3 1 - - - - - -
1.0 MIN 6, BAL 4 Eduardo Escobar (3B) 4 1 2 2 - - - - - -
1.0 OAK 7, SEA 4 Khris Davis (LF) 4 1 1 3 - - - - - -
1.0 CIN 6, COL 3 Zack Cozart (PH) 1 0 1 1 - - - - - -
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 +/-
Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh 1b cle al 7.9 15.9 51.0 75.0 -0.1
Hill, Rich 2215 pi sp lad nl 6.7 21.1 25.1 44.8 -7.7
Johnson, Jim 2417 pi cp atl nl 5.0 9.0 20.0 26.7 1.0
Davis, Khris 3242 lf oak al 3.5 10.2 20.2 20.2 -3.2
Santana, Domingo 3507 rf mil nl 3.5 3.5 5.0 5.0 3.5
Polanco, Gregory 3361 rf lf pit nl 3.0 8.5 15.5 15.5 -2.5
Wacha, Michael 3276 pi sp stl nl 3.0 5.0 22.7 22.7 1.0
Cozart, Zack 3012 ss ph cin nl 2.0 4.0 13.0 13.0 0.0
Escobar, Eduardo 3135 ss 3b min al 2.0 2.0 13.7 13.7 2.0
Martin, Russell 2202 ca tor al 1.0 11.5 26.0 54.0 -9.5
Ramos, Wilson 2904 ca tb al 1.0 2.5 14.0 17.0 -0.5
Sanchez, Anibal 2187 pi sp det al 1.0 1.0 33.2 66.3 1.0
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