Box-Toppers points leaders for 2017-18

1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 50.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 45.2
3 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 43.7
4 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 40.9
5 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 38.8
6 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 38.8
7 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 36.9
8 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 33.1
9 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 32.5
10 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 32.2
1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 45.2
2 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 43.7
3 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 40.9
4 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 38.8
5 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 38.8
6 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 32.2
7 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 30.7
8 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 26.8
9 Clevinger, Mike 3707 pi sp cle al 25.1
10 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 25.0
1 Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 dh rf lf nyy al 20.7
2 Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh cle al 18.6
3 Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf dh rf bos al 18.0
4 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 16.9
5 Healy, Ryon 3685 1b sea al 16.7
6 Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 16.2
7 Judge, Aaron 3767 rf nyy al 16.2
8 Ramirez, Jose 3436 3b cle al 16.0
9 Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf min al 13.7
10 Lindor, Francisco 3586 ss cle al 13.1
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 50.1
2 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 36.9
3 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 33.1
4 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 32.5
5 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 31.1
6 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 29.2
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 25.7
8 Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp mil nl 25.1
9 Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 25.1
10 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 23.7
1 Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 25.5
2 Gennett, Scooter 3254 2b cin nl 16.7
3 Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf mil nl 16.5
4 Baez, Javier 3395 ss 2b 3b chi nl 15.2
5 Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b ari nl 14.9
6 Harper, Bryce 3011 rf dc nl 14.5
7 Shaw, Travis 3544 3b mil nl 14.5
8 Rendon, Anthony 3258 3b dc nl 14.5
9 Arenado, Nolan 3306 3b col nl 14.2
10 Machado, Manny 3087 ss lad nl 12.7
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2017-2018  leaders

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has more Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons than any other player.

Scherzer has earned 50.1 Box-Toppers points over 2017 and 2018. He ranked second among all players in both seasons:

In 2017, he had 25.0 Box-Toppers points, finishing behind Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (25.1).

It is the second straight year Scherzer has led players in the two-year Box-Toppers point total. In 2017, he had 50.7 Box-Toppers points over 2016 and 2017, holding a 3.2-point lead over second place player, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (47.5). While his combined total for 2017-18 is slightly less (50.1), his lead over this year’s second-place player, Sale (46.2), is slightly stronger, 3.9 points.

Sale, in second overall on the list and first among American League players, led all players in 2017 with 25.1 Box-Toppers points and ranked sixth in 2018 with 20.1.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who was second on the two-year list in 2017, falls to 11th place overall on the list with 31.1 Box-Toppers points, fifth among National League pitchers. Kershaw, who had led the two-year combined points list for four straight years from 2013 to 2016, but had a lackluster 2018. Kershaw earned just 8.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, 73rd among all players and 34th among NL pitchers. In 2017, Kershaw ranked third among all players with 23.1 points. 

That was the seventh straight season Kershaw earned 20 or more points, the longest such streak in Box-Toppers’ 24 season-tracking history. And it was also the seventh straight season Kershaw finished among the top three players overall.

Scherzer, the overall leader, also has a wide lead among NL pitchers on the two-year list. His 50.1 points is 14.2 points ahead of second-place NL pitcher, Aaron Nola of the Phillies (35.9).

Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs leads NL batters over the past two seasons with 25.5 Box-Toppers points. He led all batters in 2017 with 15.5 points and finished second among batters in 2018 with 10.0 (behind Christian Yelich of the Brewers with 11.5). Rizzo holds a commanding 8.8-point leader over second place batter over the past two seasons, Scooter Gennett of the Reds (16.7). Yelich, the 2018 points leader among NL batters, is third on the NL batters list with 16.5 points over the past two seasons.

Two key free agent batters this offseason are also among the top 10 NL batters over the past two seasons. Bryce Harper of the Nationals ranks sixth on the list with 14.5 points and Manny Machado of the Dodgers ranks 10th on the list with 12.7 points.

Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees leads AL batters over the past two seasons with 20.7 Box-Toppers points. Stanton ranked second among NL batters in 2017 with 14.2 points when he was with the Marlins. He ranked 11th among AL batters in 2018 with the Yankees with 6.5 points. 

Edwin Encarnacion, who played with the Indians the past two seasons, ranks second on the two-year list among AL batters with 18.6 Box-Toppers points. He led AL batters in 2017 with 12.1 points and ranked 12th in 2018 with 6.5.

J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox, who led AL batters in 2018 with 12.5 points, ranks third among AL batters on the two-year list with 18.0 points. Martinez earned 5.5 points in 2017 with the Tigers and Diamondbacks.

Rays pitcher Blake Snell, who led all players in 2018 with 27.2 Box-Toppers points, ranks 10th among all players and sixth among AL pitchers in points over the past two years with 32.2. Snell had 5.0 points in 2017, 54th among AL pitchers.

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