San Francisco Giants rise to top Box-Toppers weekly team rankings

The San Francisco Giants rise to top Box-Toppers weekly team rankings.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the hottest team of the past week, picking up 8.5 Box-Toppers points and rising from 20th to 10th in team rankings.

Top 10 teams

Here are Box-Toppers' Top 10 teams, through the games of Thursday, May 28. 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 Giants 36.9 7.2 5
2 Cardinals 36.1 5.2 2
3 Dodgers 35.0 6.0 7
4 Royals 34.2 2.5 1
5 Nationals 34.0 5.0 6
6 Astros 33.4 3.5 4
7 Tigers 33.0 3.0 3
8 Twins 32.4 6.0 10
9 Mets 30.9 3.0 8
10 Pirates 29.7 8.5 20
BTP: Box-Toppers points

Giants players have accumulated 36.9 Box-Toppers points this season, including picking up 7.2 in the past week, to rise from fifth to first place in team rankings.

The Giants unseat last week’s top team, the Kansas City Royals, which fell to fourth place with 34.2 Box-Toppers points. The Giants also pass the St. Louis Cardinals (36.1 Box-Toppers points), which have been the top National League team for the past four weeks.

The Giants ascend to top Box-Toppers team rankings even though there are six teams in baseball with better winning percentages, including their NL West division rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants are led by pitchers Chris Heston (6.7 Box-Toppers points) and Tim Lincecum (5.7 points). Giants top batter is second baseman Joe Panik (3.0 points).

Though the Royals fall to fourth overall, they still are the top American League team for the third straight week with 34.2 Box-Toppers points. They are led by first baseman Eric Hosmer (5.0 Box-Toppers points) and pitchers Chris R. Young and Yordano Ventura (who each have 4.0 Box-Toppers points).

The Cardinals, the top NL team the past four weeks, maintain their spot in second place in team rankings with 36.1 Box-Toppers points, just 0.8 points behind the Giants. The Cardinals have baseball’s best winning percentage (.660) and have been among Box-Toppers top three teams for five straight weeks.

The Pirates were the hottest team of the week, picking up 8.5 Box-Toppers points, giving them 29.7 for the season, and rising from 20th to 10th place in Box-Toppers player rankings.

With the Pirates rise into the top 10, the Chicago Cubs fell out of that group, falling from ninth to 12th place with 29.0 Box-Toppers points.

The Colorado Rockies remain in 30th and last place among all teams for the third straight week. They have 21.0 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.