San Francisco Giants retake top spot in Box-Toppers weekly team rankings

The San Francisco Giants have retaken the top spot in Box-Toppers team rankings this week.

Top 10 teams

Here are Box-Toppers' Top 10 teams, through the games of Thursday, June 26. The column BTP shows the number of Box-Toppers points players on the team have accumulated so far this season. The column BTP/wk shows have many points teams have accumulated during the past week.




1 Giants 56.9 5.0 2
2 Blue Jays 56.3 6.9 5
3 Dodgers 56.2 6.7 4
4 Athletics 55.9 3.0 1
5 Brewers 55.6 6.0 3
6 Angels 54.5 6.5 6
7 Cardinals 51.5 5.0 7
8 Mariners 51.0 6.0 9
9 Nationals 48.2 4.0 11
10 Reds 48.1 6.5 19
BTP: Box-Toppers points

Giants players have accumulated 56.9 Box-Toppers points. They pass last week’s top team, the Oakland Athletics, now in fourth place in team rankings with 55.9 Box-Toppers points. The Giants have been the top team in Box-Toppers rankings five of the past seven weeks and have been the top National League team for five straight weeks.

The Giants are led by pitchers Madison Bumgarner (12.5 Box-Toppers points, fourth place among all players, third among NL pitchers), Tim Hudson (6.7 Box-Toppers points, 15th among NL pitchers) and Tim Lincecum (6.0 Box-Toppers points, 20th among NL pitchers). Lincecum pitched a no-hitter this week. Nineteen different Giants players have earned Player of the Game honors and picked up at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point this season.

The Giants have the third-best winning percentage in baseball (.582), behind the Athletics (.615—55.9 Box-Toppers points, fourth place overall) and the Milwaukee Brewers (.605—55.6 Box-Toppers points, fifth place overall).

The Toronto Blue Jays, the hottest team of the week, are the top American League team in Box-Toppers rankings. The Blue Jays moved from fifth place to second among all teams and passed last week’s AL and overall leader, the Athletics. They regain their spot atop the AL after losing it last week to the Athletics—previously, they were top AL team for three straight weeks.

Blue Jays players have accumulated 56.3 Box-Toppers points, including 6.9 during the past week—more than any other team.

The Blue Jays are led by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (7.0 Box-Toppers points, third place among AL batters) and pitcher Drew Hutchison (7.0 Box-Toppers points, 12th place among AL pitchers). Twenty-one different Blue Jays players have earned Player of the Game honors and picked up at least 1.0 Box-Toppers point this season.

The Blue Jays have the fourth-best winning percentage in the AL (.556), behind the Athletics, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.

Two teams rose into the top 10 this week: The Washington Nationals rose from 11th to ninth place and the Cincinnati Reds rose from 19th to 10th place. Two teams fell out of the top 10: The Miami Marlins fell from eighth to 11th place and the Kansas City Royals fell from 10th to 14th place.

The Arizona Diamondbacks remain the lowest-rated team with 34.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up only 1.0 point during the past week.

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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.