Kansas City Royals rise to edge Cardinals in weekly Box-Toppers team rankings

The Kansas City Royals rise to become Box-Toppers top team so far this season, edging out the St. Louis Cardinals, the leader for the past two weeks.

Also, the San Francisco Giants were the hottest team of the week, picking up more Box-Toppers points (8.0) than any other team over the past week—Friday, May 15 through Thursday, May 21.

Top 10 teams

Here are Box-Toppers' Top 10 teams, through the games of Thursday, May 21. 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.




1 Royals 31.7 5.7 3
2 Cardinals 30.9 3.0 1
3 Tigers 30.0 4.7 4
4 Astros 29.9 5.0 7
5 Giants 29.7 8.0 13
6 Nationals 29.0 6.5 8
7 Dodgers 29.0 2.0 2
8 Mets 27.9 6.0 12
9 Cubs 26.5 4.0 10
10 Twins 26.4 4.5 11
BTP: Box-Toppers points

Royals players have accumulated 31.7 Box-Toppers points this season to rise from third to first among all teams. It is the second straight week the Royals have been the top American League team. The Royals have baseball’s second-best winning percentage (.650), behind the Cardinals (.659).

The Royals are led by first baseman Eric Hosmer (5.0 Box-Toppers points) and pitchers Chris R. Young and Yordano Ventura (both with 4.0 Box-Toppers points).

The Cardinals are the top National League team for the fourth week in a row with 30.9 Box-Toppers points and fall from first to second place among all teams. The Cardinals are led by pitcher Carlos Martinez (4.0 Box-Toppers points). Top batters are Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter (each with 2.5 Box-Toppers points).

The Giants, the hottest team of the week, picked up 8.0 Box-Toppers points in the past seven days, and rose from 13th place to fifth place among all teams with 29.7 Box-Toppers points.

Two other teams rose onto the top 10 list this week:

  • The New York Mets rose from 12th to eighth place with 27.9 Box-Toppers points.
  • The Minnesota Twins rose from 11th to 10th place with 26.4 Box-Toppers points.

Three teams fell out of the top 10:

  • The New York Yankees fell from fifth to 10th place with 26.2 Box-Toppers points, earning only 1.0 point in the past week.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays fell from ninth place to 12th place with 25.5 Box-Toppers points, earning 3.0 points in the past week.
  • The Cincinnati Reds fell from sixth place to 15th place with 25.0 Box-Toppers points, earning no points in the past week.

The Colorado Rockies remain in 30th and last place among all teams for the second straight week. They have 16.5 Box-Toppers points.

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.

Last week’s team rankings report.