Twins' Dillon Gee tops players for Monday, Aug. 21; Dodgers' Granderson tops NL players

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Twins pitcher Dillon Gee is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Gee gave up one run over six innings, allowing two hits, no walks and striking out four, in the 10-2 win over the White Sox.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Aug. 21:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 22.1
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 22.0
3 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1
4 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 15.4
5 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 14.4
6 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy nl 14.1
7 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 14.0
8 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 14.0
9 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 13.7
10 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 13.4
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National League Player of the Day—Curtis Granderson of the Dodgers hit a grand slam and went 2-for-5 in the 6-5, 12-inning win over the Pirates. It is his first Player of the Game honor since being traded from the Mets earlier this week. Granderson has 3.2 Box-Toppers points on the season.

American League Batter of the Day—Adam Jones of the Orioles hit two home runs and went 4-for-4, scoring three times, in the 7-3 win over the Athletics.

National League Batter of the Day—There is no separate NL Batter of the Day for Monday because the overall NL Player of the Day is batter Curtis Granderson.

Top 10 watch—Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood (14.0 Box-Toppers points in 2017, ranked eighth) started Monday but did not earn Player of the Game honors.

Wood (6IP 5H 3R 0BB 5K ND in the 6-5 win over the Pirates) had a Box-Toppers game score of 0.0. Player of the Game was teammate Curtis Granderson, who was also NL Player of the Day, with a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0.

Notable—Yonder Alonso of the Mariners is the highest-ranked player in Box-Toppers season player rankings among the nine who earned Player of the Game honors Monday.

Alonso (2B 3-5 2R 3BI in the 6-5 win over the Braves) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 6.0 for the season. He ranks 91st among all players and 16th among AL batters.

Also notable—Adrian Beltre of the Rangers now has 115.8 career Box-Toppers points after earning Player of the Game honors Monday.

Beltre (HR 1-4 R 4BI in the 5-3 win over the Angels) now ranks 47th among all players in career Box-Toppers points since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He passes two players on the “all-time” list—Josh Beckett (114.9) and Tim Lincecum (115.0). Beltre ranks third in career points among active batters, behind Albert Pujols of the Angels (186.8) and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (146.9).

Debut—Diamondbacks pitcher Jimmie Sherfy made his Box-Toppers debut Monday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Sherfy (1IP 0H 0R 0BB K W in the 3-2, 10-inning win over the Mets) made his Major League debut Aug. 20 and was playing in his second career game. He is the 3,891st player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Gee earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Granderson earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Jones earns 1.5 points for being AL Batter of the Day. All of Monday’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 

8/21 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 6.0 MIN 10, CHW 2 Dillon Gee (W, 1-0) - - - - 6.0 2 1 1 0 4
BAT 5.0 BAL 7, OAK 3 Adam Jones CF 4 3 4 2 - - - - - -
4.1 CHW 7, MIN 6 Carlos Rodón (W, 2-4) - - - - 6.1 4 2 2 3 9
3.0 SEA 6, ATL 5 Yonder Alonso 1B 5 2 3 3 - - - - - -
NL 2.0 LAD 6, PIT 5 (F/12) Curtis Granderson LF 5 1 2 4 - - - - - -
2.0 TEX 5, LAA 3 Adrian Beltré 3B 4 1 1 4 - - - - - -
2.0 CLE 5, BOS 4 Roberto Pérez C 3 1 1 3 - - - - - -
2.0 ARI 3, NYM 2 (F/10) Jimmie Sherfy (W, 1-0) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
1.0 SF 2, MIL 0 Chris Stratton (W, 2-2) - - - - 6.0 4 0 0 2 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 +/-
Alonso, Yonder 2945 1b sea al 6.0 8.0 17.5 19.0 4.0
Jones, Adam 2347 cf bal al 6.0 7.0 38.0 55.5 5.0
Beltre, Adrian 1141 3b tex al 4.5 14.0 47.9 115.8 -5.0
Granderson, Curtis 2051 rf lf lad nl 3.2 7.7 23.9 69.0 -1.3
Rodon, Carlos 3494 pi sp chi al 3.0 11.0 19.1 19.1 -5.0
Stratton, Chris 3883 pi sp sf nl 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7
Gee, Dillon 2808 pi sp min al 2.0 6.7 29.5 35.5 -2.7
Perez, Roberto 3379 ca cle al 1.0 1.0 3.5 3.5 1.0
Sherfy, Jimmie 3891 pi mr ari nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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