5 of top 10 ERA leaders also rank in Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings

Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs had the lowest earned run average of any pitcher in 2016 and ranked 17th in Box-Toppers player rankings.

The overall Box-Toppers points leader, Max Scherzer of the Nationals (25.7), finished eighth place in ERA (2.96).

ERA leaders’ Box-Toppers points

Here is how 2016 earned run average (ERA) leaders fared in Box-Toppers points. Players are listed from highest ERA. Also shown are their 2016 Box-Toppers points (BTP) and their rank in Box-Toppers tops among all players.

Player Team ERA BTP Rank
1 Kyle Hendricks Cubs 2.13 13.4 17
2 Jon Lester Cubs 2.44 22.1 4
3 Noah Syndergaard Mets 2.60 16.7 7
4 Madison Bumgarner Giants 2.74 13.0 19
5 Johnny Cueto Giants 2.79 16.4 8
6 Tanner Roark Nationals 2.83 12.7 22
7 Jose Fernandez Marlins 2.86 22.4 3
8 Max Scherzer Nationals 2.96 25.7 1
9 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays 3.00 10.7 45
10 Carlos Martinez Cardinals 3.04 12.4 29
BTP: Box-Toppers points

The top 10 ERA leaders had some correlation with Box-Toppers points leaders. Five of the 10 ERA leaders were also among Box-Toppers’ 10 most highly ranked players. Nine of the 10 ERA leaders ranked among Box-Toppers’ top 30 players and all 10 rank among the top 50.

Hendricks led pitchers with an ERA of 2.13. He had 13.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked 17th among all players and 10th among National League pitchers.

Aaron Sanchez of the Blue Jays had the lowest ERA of any American League pitcher (3.00, ranked ninth) and is the only AL player among the top 10 ERA leaders—the other nine are all from the NL. Sanchez has 10.7 Box-Toppers points and ranks 45th among all players, the lowest-ranked player in the ERA top 10. Sanchez ranks 19th among AL pitchers in Box-Toppers points for 2016.

Five pitchers ranked in the ERA top 10 also rank among the top 10 overall players in Box-Toppers points. They are, in order of their ERA rankings:

  • 2. Jon Lester of the Cubs, 2.44 ERA, 22.1 Box-Toppers points, fourth among all players and third among NL pitchers.
  • 3. Noah Syndergaard of the Mets, 2.60 ERA, 16.7 Box-Toppers points, seventh among all players and fourth among NL pitchers.
  • 5. Johnny Cueto of the Giants, 2.79 ERA, 16.4 Box-Toppers points, eighth among all players and fifth among NL pitchers.
  • 7. Jose Fernandez, 2.86 ERA, 22.4 Box-Toppers points, third among all players. Fernandez, who pitched for the Marlins, was killed in a boating accident Sept. 25.
  • 8. Max Scherzer, Nationals, 2.96 ERA, 25.7 Box-Toppers points, first among all players.

Corey Kluber of the Indians, who led AL pitchers in Box-Toppers points (21.2, ranked fifth overall) had an ERA of 3.14, ranked 14th among all players, third among AL pitchers.

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