Brewers' Zach Davies tops players for Saturday, Aug. 26; Cubs' Rizzo bolsters Box-Toppers points lead among NL batters

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Brewers pitcher Zach Davies is Saturday’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 Aug. 26:  


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 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 15.1
6 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 14.7
7 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 14.4
8 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 14.4
9 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 14.0
10 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 14.0
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Also Saturday, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs extended his season Box-Toppers points lead among National League batters after earning National League Batter of the Day honors.

Player of the Day—Davies struck out seven over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and no walks, in the 3-0 win over the Dodgers.

American League Player of the Day—Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray struck out nine over seven innings, allowing one run, three hits and two walks, in the 6-3 win over the Mariners. 

It is the first time Gray has earned Player of the Game honors since being traded from the Oakland Athletics on July 31. Gray has 7.4 Box-Toppers points on the season (5.7 earned with the Athletics) and ranks 16th among AL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs hit two homers, including a three-run shot, in the 17-2 win over the Phillies. Rizzo went 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in five runs.

Rizzo earns 1.5 Box-Toppers points for being NL Batter of the Day, giving him 13.0 for the season, extending his lead among NL batters. He leads second-place NL batter, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (8.7) by 4.3 points. Rizzo also leads all batters, ahead of AL batting leader Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians (11.1). Rizzo rises to 13th place in overall Box-Toppers player rankings for the season.

American League Batter of the Day—Kole Calhoun of the Angels homered and went 3-for-4, scoring three times and driving in two runs, in the 7-6 win over the Astros.

Debut—Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Steckenrider (1.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K ND in the 2-1, 11-inning win over the Padres) made his Major League debut May 24 and was playing in his 24th career game. He is the 3,899th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Davies earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Gray earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Rizzo and Calhoun each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Saturday’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 

8/26 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 11.0 MIL 3, LAD 0 Zach Davies (W, 15-7) - - - - 7.0 3 0 0 0 7
AL 9.0 NYY 6, SEA 3 Sonny Gray (W, 8-8) - - - - 7.0 3 1 1 2 9
9.0 CLE 4, KC 0 Mike Clevinger (W, 7-5) - - - - 6.0 4 0 0 2 9
8.0 PIT 1, CIN 0 Gerrit Cole (W, 11-8) - - - - 7.0 5 0 0 0 6
BAT 6.0 CHC 17, PHI 2 Anthony Rizzo 1B 5 3 3 5 - - - - - -
5.2 BAL 7, BOS 0 Kevin Gausman (W, 10-9) - - - - 7.2 4 0 0 3 5
4.1 `MIA 2, SD 1 (F/11) Drew Steckenrider - - - - 1.1 0 0 0 0 3
BAT 4.0 LAA 7, HOU 6 Kole Calhoun RF 4 3 3 2 - - - - - -
3.2 DET 6, CHW 3 Shane Greene (S, 5) - - - - 1.2 1 0 0 0 3
3.0 TOR 10, MIN 9 Josh Donaldson 3B 5 2 3 3 - - - - - -
3.0 OAK 8, TEX 3 Chad Pinder RF 4 3 2 2 - - - - - -
3.0 STL 6, TB 4 Tommy Pham CF 3 3 1 2 - - - - - -
3.0 ARI 2, SF 1 Fernando Rodney (S, 32) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
2.0 COL 7, ATL 6 D.J. LeMahieu 2B 5 2 3 2 - - - - - -
1.0 WSH 9, NYM 4 Michael Taylor CF 4 2 3 0 - - - - - -
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 +/-
Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 13.0 16.0 40.0 40.0 10.0
Gausman, Kevin 3191 pi sp bal al 9.1 19.9 33.3 33.3 -1.7
Gray, Sonny 3259 pi sp nyy al 7.4 8.4 40.2 40.2 6.4
Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp pit nl 7.0 13.5 42.9 42.9 0.5
Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 6.7 9.7 9.7 9.7 3.7
Davies, Zach 3581 pi sp mil nl 5.7 11.7 14.7 14.7 -0.3
Donaldson, Josh 3144 3b tor al 5.5 15.2 45.1 45.1 -4.2
Pham, Thomas 3596 lf stl nl 5.5 7.0 8.5 8.5 4.0
Rodney, Fernando 1803 pi cp ari nl 5.0 10.0 28.0 40.0 0.0
LeMahieu, DJ 3091 2b col nl 3.5 11.5 24.5 24.5 -4.5
Calhoun, Kole 3279 rf ana al 3.5 8.5 19.2 19.2 -1.5
Taylor, Michael 3447 cf dc nl 2.0 3.0 8.5 8.5 1.0
Pinder, Chad 3871 rf oak al 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Greene, Shane 3381 pi cp sp det al 1.0 4.0 14.0 14.0 -2.0
Steckenrider, Drew 3899 pi mr fla nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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