Chicago Cubs rise to lead Box-Toppers weekly team rankings, recording best week of any team

The Chicago Cubs rise to top Box-Toppers’ weekly team rankings report after recording the hottest week of any team.

Team rankings

Here are Box-Toppers' team rankings, through the games of Thursday, April 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 since Thursday, April 14. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of April 14.

4/21 Teams BTP BTP
1 Cubs 16.0 7.0 2
2 Nationals 13.4 5.4 4
3 Orioles 12.2 3.5 3
4 Royals 11.9 4.2 5
5 White Sox 11.7 4.0 6
6 Rangers 11.4 4.0 9
7 Dodgers 11.0 4.0 12
8 Phillies 11.0 2.0 1
9 Rays 10.8 6.4 22
10 Pirates 10.5 3.0 8

Cubs players have accumulated 16.0 Box-Toppers points this season, including 7.0 in the past week.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Orioles remain the top American League team, ranking third overall, with 12.2 Box-Toppers points.

The Cubs, who also have baseball’s best winning percentage (.750), are led by Box-Toppers’ overall points leader, pitcher Jake Arrieta (5.0). Their top batter is Anthony Rizzo (2.0 points). Nine different Cubs players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.

The Orioles are led by Chris Davis and Manny Machado, who both have 2.5 Box-Toppers points. Eight different Orioles players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season. The Orioles also have the best winning percentage in the AL (.714).

Last week’s top team, the Philadelphia Phillies, fell to eighth place among all teams with 11.0 Box-Toppers points, earning only 2.0 points during the past week.

Two teams rose into the top 10 this week:

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers rose from 12th to seventh with 11.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 4.0 points in the past week.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays rose from 22nd to ninth with 10.8 Box-Toppers points, picking up 6.4 points in the past week.

Two teams fell out of the top 10 from last week:

  • The Toronto Blue Jays fell from 10th to 12th with 10.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 3.0 in the past week.
  • The San Francisco Giants fell from seventh to 19th (the biggest drop of the week) with 8.5 Box-Toppers points, picking up 1.0 in the past week.

The Miami Marlins fall from 27th to 30th and last place in this week’s rankings. The Marlins have 4.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 1.0 in the past week. Last week’s bottom two teams, both of which had no Box-Toppers points last week, rose in the week’s rankings:

  • The Atlanta Braves rose to 29th with 5.0 Box-Toppers points.
  • The Minnesota Twins rose to 26th with 6.0 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.