Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw tops players for Friday, June 2, maintaining first place in Box-Toppers player rankings

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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Friday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day, maintain his spot atop season player rankings.

Top 10 players

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


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 12.7
2 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 10.0
3 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 9.4
4 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 8.4
5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 7.7
6 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 7.4
7 Keuchel, Dallas 3050 pi sp hou al 7.4
8 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 7.0
9 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 7.0
10 Vargas, Jason 2055 pi sp kc al 7.0
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Also Friday, three other players rose in Box-Toppers top 10 season player rankings after earning Player of the Game honors—Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel and Royals pitcher Jason Vargas.

Player of the Day—Kershaw struck out 14 over seven innings, allowing one run, two hits and one walk, in the 2-1, 12-inning win over the Brewers. Kershaw did not earn the win, picking up a no-decision, because the Dodgers trailed 1-0 when he exited.

Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 12.7 for the season, maintaining his first place spot in season player rankings, ahead of second-place player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (10.0).

Kershaw also now has 196.4 career Box-Toppers points, third among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. He trails second-place player Pedro Martinez (244.8). Kershaw leads all active players in career points.

American League Player of the Day—Danny Valencia of the Mariners homered, doubled and went 3-for-3, scoring three times and driving in five runs, in the 12-4 win over the Rays.

National League Batter of the Day—Elias Diaz of the Pirates hit a three-run homer and doubled in the 12-7 win over the Mets. Diaz went 2-for-5, driving in six runs.

This was Diaz’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Diaz made his Major League debut Sept. 12, 2015, and was playing in his 10th career game. He is the 3,813rd player to debut in Box-Toppers since record keeping began in 1995.

American League Batter of the Day—There is no separate AL Batter of the Day for Friday because the overall AL Player of the Day is batter Danny Valencia.

Rankings—Three other players who earned Player of the Game honors Friday rise in Box-Toppers season player rankings:

  • Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (7IP 4H 2R 3BB 7K W in the 13-3 win over the Athletics) rises to sixth place (from ninth) with 7.4 season Box-Toppers points. He ranks fourth among NL pitchers.
  • Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel (6IP 3H 0R 2BB 7K W in the 7-1 win over the Rangers) rises to seventh place with 7.4 season Box-Toppers points. He ranks third among AL pitchers.
  • Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (CG 7H 0R BB 3K W in the 4-0 win over the Indians) rises to 10th place with 7.0 season Box-Toppers points. He ranks fourth among AL pitchers.

Notable—In addition to Kershaw, two other players with 100 or more career Box-Toppers points earned Player of the Game honors Friday:

  • Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers (2-2B 3-3 R 4BI in the 15-5 win over the White Sox) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 146.9 career points. Cabrera rises to 22nd place in career Box-Toppers points among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began, passing Jim Thome (146.7) on the “all-time” list. Cabrera now trails 21st-ranked player Javier Vazquez (148.3). Cabrera now rises to sixth place among all batters since 1995 in career Box-Toppers points. He has 2.0 Box-Toppers points for the season.
  • Cubs pitcher John Lackey (7IP 4H 2R 2BB 6K ND in the 3-2 win over the Cardinals) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being Player of the Game, giving him 124.2 career points, rising to 38th among all players since 1995, when Box-Toppers tracking began. With his point Friday, he passes Gary Sheffield (124.1) on the “all-time” list and now trails 37th-ranked player Mariano Rivera (126.4). Lackey has 3.0 Box-Toppers points for the season.

Scoring—Kershaw earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Valencia earns 1.7 points for being AL Player of the Day. Diaz earns 1.5 points for being NL 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 

6/2 Score Game Player of the Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB 16.0 `LAD 2, MIL 1 (F/12) Clayton Kershaw - - - - 7.0 2 1 1 1 14
AL 8.0 SEA 12, TB 4 Danny Valencia, 1B 3 3 3 5 - - - - - -
8.0 HOU 7, TEX 1 Dallas Keuchel (W,9-0) - - - - 6.0 3 0 0 2 7
6.0 SF 10, PHI 0 Ty Blach (W,4-2) - - - - 9.0 7 0 0 0 4
5.0 DET 15, CHW 5 Miguel Cabrera, 1B 3 1 3 4 - - - - - -
4.1 BAL 3, BOS 2 Alec Asher (W,2-3) - - - - 6.1 3 2 2 0 5
BAT 4.0 PIT 12, NYM 7 Elias Diaz, C 5 1 2 6 - - - - - -
4.0 TOR 7, NYY 5 Justin Smoak, 1B 3 2 2 3 - - - - - -
4.0 KC 4, CLE 0 Jason Vargas (W,7-3) - - - - 9.0 7 0 0 1 3
3.0 MIN 11, LAA 5 Joe Mauer, 1B 5 1 4 3 - - - - - -
3.0 MIA 7, ARI 5 Giancarlo Stanton, RF 3 3 2 1 - - - - - -
3.0 WSH 13, OAK 3 Stephen Strasburg (W,7-1) - - - - 7.0 4 2 2 3 7
3.0 `CHC 3, STL 2 John Lackey - - - - 7.0 4 2 2 2 6
2.0 SD 8, COL 5 Allen Cordoba, LF 4 1 3 2 - - - - - -
2.0 CIN 3, ATL 2 (F/10) Devin Mesoraco, C 1 1 1 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 +/-
Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 12.7 37.1 136.8 196.4 -11.7
Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 7.4 22.5 81.6 90.3 -7.7
Keuchel, Dallas 3050 pi sp hou al 7.4 14.4 50.2 50.2 0.4
Vargas, Jason 2055 pi sp kc al 7.0 8.0 33.4 54.2 6.0
Smoak, Justin 2731 1b tor al 5.5 9.0 22.2 28.4 2.0
Lackey, John 1640 pi sp chi nl 3.0 16.4 42.8 124.2 -10.4
Cabrera, Miguel 1776 1b det al 2.0 14.0 59.8 146.9 -10.0
Blach, Ty 3754 pi sp sf nl 2.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
Mauer, Joe 1869 1b min al 2.0 3.5 25.0 72.6 0.5
Cordoba, Allen 3780 lf pr sd nl 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Valencia, Danny 2772 1b 3b sea al 1.7 6.2 10.7 14.7 -2.8
Diaz, Elias 3813 ca pit nl 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5
Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 rf fla nl 1.0 7.5 31.7 40.2 -5.5
Asher, Alec 3735 pi sp bal al 1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.0
Mesoraco, Devin 3037 ca cin nl 1.0 1.0 13.5 13.5 1.0
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