Athletics' Daniel Mengden tops players for Friday, Sept. 15; Yankees' Severino rises to 4th in Box-Toppers rankings

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Athletics pitcher Daniel Mengden is Friday’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 Sept. 15:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 23.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 23.1
3 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.0
4 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 20.1
5 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 19.8
6 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 19.8
7 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 19.0
8 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 18.1
9 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 16.1
10 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 16.0
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Also Friday, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino rises to fourth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings and Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray rises to 10th after both earned Player of the Game honors. Plus, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale failed in his chance to rise to the Box-Toppers points lead after he did not earn Player of the Game honors in his team’s win.

Player of the Day—Mengden pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout, striking out seven and allowing no walks, in the 4-0 win over the Phillies.

This was Mengden’s second career Box-Toppers Player of the Game honor. Interestingly, the only other time he earned Player of the Game was exactly one year ago on Sept. 15, 2016, when he was also Player of the Day. He has 4.0 career Box-Toppers points.

National League Player of the Day—Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood struck out eight over six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 7—0 win over the Nationals.

Wood earns 1.7 Box-Toppers points for being NL Player of the Day, giving him 15.7 for the season and rising to 11th place among all players, sixth among NL pitchers.

National League Batter of the Day—Kris Bryant of the Cubs homered and went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 8-2 win over the Cardinals.

American League Batter of the Day—Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox went 4-for-7, scoring twice and driving in two runs, in the 13-6, 15-inning win over the Rays.

Rankings—Two players rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings top 10 and one player gets pushed out after spending only one day in the top 10:

  • Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (8IP 3H 2R BB 7K W) earns Player of the Game honors Friday in the 8-2 win over the Orioles. He becomes the fourth player this season with 20 or more Box-Toppers points (20.1) and rises from seventh to fourth in player rankings, second among AL pitchers, behind Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (23.1). Severino has earned Box-Toppers points for three seasons. In 2015, he had 3.0 points and in 2016, he had 2.0, both with the Yankees.
  • Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray (7IP 6H 2R 1ER 0BB 10K W) earns Player of the Game honors Friday in the 3-2 win over the Giants. He rises back into the top 10 after a one-day absence, rising from 11th to 10th place with 16.0 Box-Toppers points.
  • Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (15.5 Box-Toppers points) falls out of the top 10 after spending just one day there. On Thursday, he rose into 10th—the first batter since June 27 to occupy a top-10 spot—pushing Ray to 11th. On Friday, he was passed by both Ray (16.0) and Wood (15.7) and is pushed out of the top 10 to 12th place overall.

Box-Toppers points lead—Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale failed in his chance to take the overall Box-Toppers points lead in his start Friday.

Sale (5.2IP 6H 4R 3BB 9K ND in the 13-6, 15-inning win over the Rays) had a Box-Toppers game score of -2.8. Player of the Game was teammate Xander Bogaerts with a Box-Toppers game score of +1.0. Bogaerts was also AL Batter of the Day.

Sale has 23.1 Box-Toppers points on the season, the same total as Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and would have taken the outright lead if he had earned at least Player of the Game honors. Sale ranks second to Kershaw on a tiebreaker—Kershaw had more 2016 Box-Toppers points than Sale, 24.4 vs. 13.4.

Team rankings—The Los Angeles Dodgers Friday regained the Box-Toppers team rankings lead after losing it earlier in the week. 

The Dodgers rise from third to first place as they defeated the second-ranked Washington Nationals. Alex Wood, who earned Player of the Game for the Dodgers in the win, also earned NL Player of the Day honors, giving the Dodgers 1.7 Box-Toppers points. In addition, the Cleveland Indians, who took the team rankings lead on Wednesday, had their 22-game win streak come to an end Friday and so added no points.

Here are the standings of the top three teams:

  1. Dodgers 126.9 Box-Toppers points, rising from third Thursday to first Friday.
  2. Indians 126.7, falling from first to second, just 0.2 points behind the Dodgers.
  3. Nationals 125.9, falling from second to third.

The Dodgers took the Box-Toppers weekly team rankings lead on June 22 and held the top spot through Sunday, Sept 10, when they were passed by the Nationals, who held the lead three days. The Indians passed the Nationals on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and held the lead two days.

Notable—Rockies pitcher Tyler Chatwood earns Player of the Game honors for batting, the seventh time this season a pitcher has done that.

Chatwood (1-1 R 2BI in the 6-1 win over the Rockies) had a Box-Toppers game score of +3.0 for batting. He had a game score of +1.2 for pitching (5.2IP 4H R BB 3K W).

Scoring—Mengden earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Wood earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Bryant and Bogaerts each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Friday’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 

9/14 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 14.0 OAK 4, PHI 0 Daniel Mengden (W, 1-1) - - - - 9.0 2 0 0 0 7
NL 10.0 LAD 7, WSH 0 Alex Wood (W, 15-3) - - - - 6.0 3 0 0 1 8
8.0 ARI 3, SF 2 Robbie Ray (W, 14-5) - - - - 7.0 6 2 1 0 10
8.0 `DET 3, CHW 2 Anibal Sánchez - - - - 6.0 6 1 1 1 11
7.0 NYY 8, BAL 2 Luis Severino (W, 13-6) - - - - 8.0 3 2 2 1 7
5.0 HOU 5, SEA 2 Charlie Morton (W, 12-7) - - - - 6.0 5 1 1 1 7
5.0 LAA 7, TEX 6 Blake Parker (S, 6) - - - - 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
3.2 CIN 4, PIT 2 Homer Bailey (W, 5-8) - - - - 5.2 5 1 1 2 7
BAT 3.0 CHC 8, STL 2 Kris Bryant 3B 4 2 3 2 - - - - - -
3.0 MIL 10, MIA 2 Neil Walker 2B-1B 4 1 2 4 - - - - - -
3.0 COL 6, SD 1 Tyler Chatwood P 1 1 1 2 - - - - - -
3.0 KC 4, CLE 3 Mike Minor (S, 1) - - - - 1.0 1 0 0 0 3
2.1 ATL 3, NYM 2 Sean Newcomb (W, 3-8) - - - - 5.1 6 2 2 1 8
2.0 TOR 4, MIN 3 Roberto Osuna (S, 36) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
BAT 1.0 BOS 13, TB 6 (F/15) Xander Bogaerts SS 7 2 4 2 - - - - - -
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 +/-
Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 20.1 22.1 25.1 25.1 18.1
Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 16.0 22.7 26.7 26.7 9.3
Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 15.7 16.7 35.1 35.1 14.7
Chatwood, Tyler 2856 pi sp col nl 8.4 15.4 22.1 25.1 1.4
Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 6.7 9.7 23.4 34.4 3.7
Bryant, Kris 3465 3b chi nl 5.0 15.5 24.0 24.0 -5.5
Osuna, Roberto 3512 pi cp tor al 4.0 7.0 11.0 11.0 1.0
Bogaerts, Xander 3383 ss bos al 4.0 5.0 10.5 10.5 3.0
Newcomb, Sean 3831 pi sp atl nl 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Parker, Blake 3823 pi mr cp ana al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Walker, Neil 2756 2b 1b mil nl 2.0 5.5 24.5 32.5 -1.5
Mengden, Daniel 3741 pi sp oak al 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Sanchez, Anibal 2187 pi sp det al 2.0 2.0 34.2 67.3 2.0
Minor, Mike 2894 pi mr cp kc al 2.0 2.0 26.4 29.1 2.0
Bailey, Homer 2324 pi sp cin nl 1.0 3.0 32.4 48.1 -1.0
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