Indians' Corey Kluber tops players for Sunday, Sept. 17, rises to 4th in Box-Toppers rankings

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Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is Sunday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and rises to fourth place in season player rankings.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Sept. 17:  


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 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 21.0
5 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 20.8
6 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 20.1
7 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 20.1
8 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 19.8
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 Sunday, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors. Plus, the Cleveland Indians regain the topsy-turvy race for Box-Toppers team rankings lead, passing the Los Angeles Dodgers, after Kluber’s Player of the Day honor.

Player of the Day—Kluber struck out nine over seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and walking none, in the 3-2 win over the Royals.

Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 21.0 for the season, rising from eighth to fourth in season player rankings. He rises to second among American League pitchers, behind Chris Sale of the Red Sox (23.1). 

Kluber is the sixth player this season to reach 20 Box-Toppers points. It is the third season he has reached 20 points. In 2014, he had 25.8 points, first among AL pitchers, second among all players. In 2016, he had 21.2 points, first among AL pitchers and fifth among all players.

Kluber’s Box-Toppers game score Sunday of +13.0 just beat the game score of +12.0 by Matthew Boyd of the Tigers, who earned Player of the Game honors in the 12-0 win over the White Sox, pitching a one-hit, complete-game shutout (CG H 0R BB 5K W).

National League Player of the Day—Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson struck out eight over six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and walking three, in the 5-2 win over the Pirates.

American League Batter of the Day—Joe Mauer of the Twins hit a grand slam, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring once and driving in five runs, in the 13-7 win over the Blue Jays.

National League Batter of the Day—Travis Shaw of the Brewers went 3-for-4, scoring twice and driving in three runs, in the 10-3 win over the Brewers.

Rankings—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg rises to fifth place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Strasburg (6IP 3H R 3BB 8K W in the 7-1 win over the Dodgers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 20.8 for the season, rising from sixth to fifth place. He ranks third among NL pitchers, behind Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (23.1) and teammate Max Scherzer (23.0).

Strasburg is the seventh player this season to reach 20 Box-Toppers points. It is the second season he’s done that. In 2012, he had 20.4 Box-Toppers points with the Nationals, ranked third among all players.

Strasburg now has 103.7 career Box-Toppers points and ranks 69th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails 68th-ranked player Jamie Moyer (104.0).

Box-Toppers points lead—Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (23.1 Box-Toppers points, ranked first) has a chance to extend his lead Monday as he starts against the Phillies.

Kershaw has the same Box-Toppers point total as second-place player, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (23.1), but Kershaw ranks ahead on a tie-breaker—he had more 2016 points than Sale, 24.4 vs. 13.4.

Team rankings—The Cleveland Indians rise to regain the Box-Toppers team rankings lead after Indians pitcher Corey Kluber earned Player of the Day honors Sunday:

  1. Cleveland Indians 129.7 Box-Toppers points, gained 2.0 points thanks to Kluber’s honor.
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers 127.9 points, gained no points Sunday, losing to the Washington Nationals, 7-1.
  3. Washington Nationals 126.9 points, gained 1.0 point Sunday, thanks to Strasburg’s Player of the Game honor in the 7-1 win over the second-place Dodgers.

Here’s a recap of the recent lead changes:

  • From June 22 to Saturday, Sept. 9—Dodgers led team rankings.
  • From Sunday, Sept. 10 to Tuesday, Sept. 12—Nationals led.
  • From Wednesday, Sept. 13 to Thursday, Sept. 14—Indians led.
  • From Friday, Sept. 15-Saturday, Sept. 16—Dodgers led.
  • Sunday, Sept. 17—Indians lead.

All-time leaders

Here are Box-Toppers top 20 players since record keeping began in 1995:


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Randy Johnson pi sp retired 278.8
2 Pedro Martinez pi sp retired 244.8
3 Clayton Kershaw pi sp lad nl 206.8
4 Curt Schilling pi sp retired 194.1
5 CC Sabathia pi sp nyy al 191.0
6 Albert Pujols 1b dh ana al 187.8
7 Alex Rodriguez dh released 187.0
8 Zack Greinke pi sp ari nl 176.2
9 Felix Hernandez pi sp sea al 171.4
10 Roy Halladay pi sp retired 170.7
11 Manny Ramirez lf dh retired 167.2
12 Johan Santana pi sp free agent 166.6
13 Roger Clemens pi sp retired 164.8
14 John Smoltz pi sp retired 160.9
15 Tim Hudson pi sp retired 157.0
16 Mike Mussina pi sp retired 155.6
17 Max Scherzer pi sp dc nl 154.7
18 Barry Bonds lf retired 153.2
19 Bartolo Colon pi sp min al 152.2
20 Justin Verlander pi sp hou al 152.0
BTP: Box-Toppers points
List of top 100 players since 1995 as of July 30, 2017.

Notable—Astros pitcher Justin Verlander rises to 20th place in “all-time” Box-Toppers career points after earning Player of the Game honors Sunday.

Verlander (7IP 3H R BB 10K in the 7-1 win over the Mariners) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 152.0 career points, rising to 20th place among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Sunday, he passes three players on the “all-time” list—Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels (151.4), Greg Maddux (151.7) and Cubs pitcher Jon Lester (151.9). He trails 19th-ranked player, Twins pitcher Bartolo Colon (152.2). 

(It should be noted that Maddux made his debut in 1986 and had seven 15-plus win seasons before Box-Toppers tracking began in 1995 and so, based on very rough extrapolations, would likely have about 250 career Box-Toppers points if his entire career were tracked.)

Verlander now has 12.7 Box-Toppers points on the season and ranks seventh among AL pitchers.

Scoring—Kluber earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Stephenson earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Mauer and Shaw each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Sunday’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 

9/17 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 13.0 CLE 3, KC 2 Corey Kluber (W, 17-4) - - - - 7.0 3 0 0 0 9
12.0 DET 12, CHW 0 Matthew Boyd (W, 6-10) - - - - 9.0 1 0 0 1 5
11.0 HOU 7, SEA 1 Justin Verlander (W, 13-8) - - - - 7.0 3 1 1 1 10
NL 10.0 CIN 5, PIT 2 Robert Stephenson (W, 5-5) - - - - 6.0 1 0 0 3 8
9.0 BAL 6, NYY 4 Ubaldo Jiménez (W, 6-10) - - - - 5.0 3 1 1 1 10
6.0 NYM 5, ATL 1 Robert Gsellman (W, 7-7) - - - - 7.0 3 1 0 0 3
6.0 WSH 7, LAD 1 Stephen Strasburg (W, 14-4) - - - - 6.0 3 1 1 3 8
5.0 TB 3, BOS 2 Jake Odorizzi (W, 9-8) - - - - 6.0 1 2 2 2 6
BAT 4.0 MIN 13, TOR 7 Joe Mauer 1B 5 1 3 5 - - - - - -
BAT 4.0 MIL 10, MIA 3 Travis Shaw 3B 4 2 3 3 - - - - - -
3.0 SF 7, ARI 2 Pablo Sandoval 1B 3 1 2 3 - - - - - -
2.0 OAK 6, PHI 3 Joey Wendle 2B 4 1 1 4 - - - - - -
2.0 SD 4, COL 3 Brad Hand (S, 18) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
1.0 CHC 4, STL 3 Jason Heyward RF 4 1 3 1 - - - - - -
0.2 TEX 4, LAA 2 Jake Diekman (S, 1) - - - - 1.2 0 0 0 1 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 +/-
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 21.0 42.2 86.4 86.4 -0.2
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 20.8 35.9 95.0 103.7 5.7
Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 12.7 27.4 72.6 152.0 -2.0
Odorizzi, Jake 3291 pi sp tb al 8.1 14.5 34.2 34.2 1.7
Shaw, Travis 3544 3b mil nl 7.0 14.0 18.2 18.2 0.0
Hand, Brad 2907 pi cp sd nl 4.7 9.7 13.7 14.7 -0.3
Jimenez, Ubaldo 2349 pi sp bal al 4.0 8.7 40.6 83.5 -0.7
Stephenson, Robert 3617 pi sp cp cin nl 3.7 4.7 4.7 4.7 2.7
Mauer, Joe 1869 1b min al 3.5 5.0 26.5 74.1 2.0
Boyd, Matthew 3550 pi sp det al 3.0 9.1 10.1 10.1 -3.1
Gsellman, Robert 3748 pi sp nym nl 3.0 4.7 4.7 4.7 1.3
Heyward, Jason 2695 rf chi nl 2.0 3.0 13.5 20.5 1.0
Sandoval, Pablo 2524 3b sf nl 2.0 2.0 17.0 32.5 2.0
Wendle, Joey 3756 2b oak al 1.0 2.5 2.5 2.5 -0.5
Diekman, Jake 3266 pi cp tex al 1.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 0.0
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