Giants' Jeff Samardzija tops players for Saturday, Sept. 2; Scherzer fails to retake Box-Toppers points lead

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Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija is Saturday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day and becomes the 24th player this season with 10 or more Box-Toppers points.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Sept. 2:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 23.1
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.0
3 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 22.1
4 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 17.1
5 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 16.1
6 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 16.1
7 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 16.0
8 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 15.1
9 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 14.7
10 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 14.4
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Also Saturday, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer had the chance to retake the Box-Toppers season player rankings lead, but did not earn Player of the Game honors in his team’s win; he remains in second place. Plus, Indians pitcher Corey Kluber rises to seventh place in Box-Toppers player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors.

Player of the Day—Samardzija struck out nine over seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and two walks, in the 2-1, 10-inning win over the Cardinals. Samardzija did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because he exited with the Giants trailing, 1-0.

Samardzija earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 11.0 for the season, rising to 19th place among all players and 11th place among National League pitchers.

This is the third season Samardzjia has earned 10 or more Box-Toppers points. His best season was 2012 with the Cubs when he had 12.7 points.

American League Player of the Day—Eduardo Escobar of the Twins hit two home runs and tripled, going 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in six runs, in the 17-0 win over the Royals.

National League Batter of the Day—Derek Dietrich of the Marlins hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 10-9 win over the Phillies.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Saturday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Eduardo Escobar.

Scherzer—Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (23.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked second) had the chance in his start Saturday to retake the season Box-Toppers points lead, but did not earn Player of the Game honors.

Scherzer (5IP 2H R 2BB 2K ND in the 3-2 win over the Brewers) had a Box-Toppers game score of +1.0. Player of the Game was teammate, middle reliever Ryan Madson (1IP 0H 0R 0BB K W) with a Box-Toppers game score of +2.0.

Scherzer trails Box-Toppers points leader, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (23.1) by just 0.1 Box-Toppers point. Kershaw held the Box-Toppers points lead from May 17 to Aug. 28, when Scherzer passed him. However, Kershaw returned from five weeks on the disabled list and quickly retook the lead on Friday, Sept. 1. Scherzer had the chance to limit Kershaw’s reclaimed lead to just one day, but fell just short of earning Player of the Game honors Saturday and so remains in second place.

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale now has the chance to pass Kershaw for the Box-Toppers season player rankings lead in his start Sunday against the Yankees.

Sale, ranked third with 22.1 Box-Toppers points, could pass Kershaw if he earns AL Player of the Day honors (worth 1.7 points) or overall Player of the Day honors (worth 2.0 points). 

Rankings—Indians pitcher Corey Kluber rises from eighth to seventh place in Box-Toppers season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors Saturday.

Kluber (8IP 8H R 0BB 7K W in the 5-2 win over the Tigers) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 16.0 for the season. He now ranks third among AL pitchers, behind Chris Sale of the Red Sox (22.1) and teammate Carlos Carrasco (16.1).

Debut—Blue Jays pitcher Luis Santos made his Box-Toppers debut Saturday with his first career Player of the Game honor.

Santos (3.1IP 2H R 0BB 3K ND in the 7-2 win over the Orioles) was also making his Major League debut, playing in his first career game. He is the 3,904th player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

Scoring—Samardzija earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Escobar earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Dietrich earns 1.5 points for being NL 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 

9/2 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 10.0 `SF 2, STL 1 (F/10) Jeff Samardzija - - - - 7.0 2 1 1 2 9
AL 7.0 MIN 17, KC 0 Eduardo Escobar 3B 5 3 3 6 - - - - - -
7.0 `SEA 7, OAK 6 Marco Gonzales - - - - 4.0 2 0 0 0 5
6.0 `PIT 5, CIN 0 Jameson Taillon - - - - 6.0 3 0 0 1 4
5.0 CLE 5, DET 2 Corey Kluber (W, 14-4) - - - - 8.0 8 1 1 0 7
BAT 4.0 MIA 10, PHI 9 Derek Dietrich PH 1 1 1 3 - - - - - -
3.2 SD 7, LAD 2 Buddy Baumann (W, 1-1) - - - - 1.2 0 0 0 0 2
3.0 CHC 14, ATL 12 Rene Rivera C 5 2 2 4 - - - - - -
3.0 HOU 12, NYM 8 Jose Altuve 2B 4 3 3 1 - - - - - -
2.1 HOU 4, NYM 1 Joe Musgrove (W, 7-8) - - - - 2.1 2 0 0 0 2
2.1 `TOR 7, BAL 2 Luis Santos - - - - 3.1 2 1 1 0 3
2.0 ARI 6, COL 2 J.D. Martinez RF 5 1 2 4 - - - - - -
2.0 CHW 5, TB 4 Avisail García RF 4 1 3 2 - - - - - -
2.0 NYY 5, BOS 1 Chase Headley 3B 4 2 3 1 - - - - - -
2.0 SD 6, LAD 5 Wil Myers 1B 3 2 2 1 - - - - - -
2.0 WSH 3, MIL 2 Ryan Madson (W, 3-0) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 1
2.0 LAA 7, TEX 4 (F/10) Yusmeiro Petit (W, 4-0) - - - - 1.0 0 0 0 0 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 +/-
Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 16.0 37.2 81.4 81.4 -5.2
Samardzija, Jeff 2495 pi sp sf nl 11.0 21.7 57.8 60.8 0.3
Taillon, Jameson 3658 pi sp pit nl 7.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 2.0
Garcia, Avisail 3256 rf chi al 5.0 7.5 16.0 16.0 2.5
Martinez, J.D. 2922 rf ari nl 4.5 10.0 19.7 21.7 -1.0
Dietrich, Derek 3199 3b fla nl 4.5 6.5 9.5 9.5 2.5
Madson, Ryan 1841 pi mr dc nl 4.0 7.0 7.0 27.7 1.0
Petit, Yusmeiro 2337 pi mr sp cp ana al 4.0 6.0 13.0 22.7 2.0
Escobar, Eduardo 3135 3b ss min al 3.7 3.7 15.4 15.4 3.7
Altuve, Jose 3007 2b hou al 2.5 15.0 31.5 31.5 -10.0
Myers, Wil 3228 1b sd nl 2.0 11.7 20.2 20.2 -7.7
Headley, Chase 2552 3b ph nyy al 2.0 6.5 16.0 30.5 -2.5
Musgrove, Joe 3705 pi sp mr hou al 2.0 5.7 5.7 5.7 -1.7
Baumann, Buddy 3697 pi mr sd nl 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Gonzales, Marco 3408 pi mr sea al 1.0 1.0 4.0 4.0 1.0
Rivera, Rene 3323 ca chi nl 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 1.0
Santos, Luis 3904 pi mr tor al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
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