Both Los Angeles teams are in the top two spots in Box-Toppers team rankings this week.
The Angels continue to lead all teams with 121.2 Box-Toppers points and the Dodgers move from third to second with 115.2 points.
Top 10 teamsHere are Box-Toppers' Top 10 teams, through the games of Thursday, Sept. 18. 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 in the past week.
The Angels are led by pitcher Garrett Richards, who has 15.7 Box-Toppers points and is out for the season with a torn knee tendon. Richards still ranks 10th among all players and sixth among AL pitchers. Pitcher Matt Shoemaker has the most Box-Toppers points among active Angels players, with 11.7. He ranks 19th among AL pitchers.
The Angels also have baseball’s best winning percentage (.621).
The Dodgers remain the top National League team and pass the slumping Oakland Athletics, who move from second to third with 111.9 Box-Toppers points. The Dodgers are led by overall Box-Toppers points leader, pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who has 30.5 points. Pitcher Zack Greinke has the second-most Box-Toppers points among Dodgers players—15.5, ranking fifth among NL pitchers.
The Dodgers have the second-best winning percentage in the NL (.569), behind the Washington Nationals (.579). The Nationals have 104.0 Box-Toppers points and rank eighth among all teams, fourth among NL teams.
The Baltimore Orioles are the hottest team of the past week, picking up 9.5 Box-Toppers points, giving them 109.4 for the season and rising from seventh to fourth place in team rankings.
Last week’s lowest-ranked team, the Texas Rangers, rose one spot in team rankings to 29th, moving the Boston Red Sox back down to the 30th and final spot. The Red Sox have 62.2 Box-Toppers points. The Rangers have 66.0.
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.
Note: This is the next-to-last (and also penultimate) Box-Toppers team ranking report of the season. Rather than our regular Friday team ranking report next week, we'll hold off a couple of days for the end of the season and have the final team ranking report coming Monday, Sept. 29. Or thereabouts.