Chicago Cubs maintain Box-Toppers team rankings lead for 4th week; White Sox keep AL lead

The Chicago Cubs lead Box-Toppers weekly player rankings for the fourth week in a row, while the Chicago White Sox lead American League teams for the third straight week.

Team rankings

Here are Box-Toppers' team rankings, through the games of Thursday, May 12. 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, May 5. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of May 5.

5/12 Teams BTP BTP
1 Cubs 31.2 5.2 1
2 White Sox 27.3 5.9 5
3 Mets 27.0 4.0 2
4 Red Sox 26.9 7.7 10
5 Phillies 26.4 4.0 4
6 Orioles 26.1 5.5 6
7 Nationals 25.9 3.0 3
8 Rangers 23.6 6.5 15
9 Mariners 23.2 4.0 9
10 Pirates 23.2 3.5 7

Also, the Boston Red Sox were the hottest team of the week, picking up 7.7 Box-Toppers points from May 6 to 12.

Cubs players have accumulated 31.2 Box-Toppers points so far this season, including 5.2 in the past week. The Cubs also have baseball’s best winning percentage (.758).

The Cubs are led by pitcher Jake Arrieta (6.0). Their top batter is Anthony Rizzo (3.0 points). Thirteen different Cubs players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.

The White Sox maintain their lead among AL teams and rise from fifth to second place among all teams. With 27.3 Box-Toppers points, they earned 5.9 in the past week. They are led by pitchers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana (both with 5.7 Box-Toppers points). Top batter is Melky Cabrera (2.5). Eleven different White Sox players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.

The Red Sox, the hottest team of the week (7.7 points), now have 26.9 Box-Toppers points for the season and rise from 10th to fourth among all teams.

One team rose into Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings—The Texas Rangers rose from 15th to eighth place with 23.6 points, earning 6.5 in the past week. Rising seven spots, the Rangers made the biggest jump of the week.

One team fell out of Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings—The Toronto Blue Jays fell from eighth to 12th place with 22.4 points, earning 3.0 in the past week.

The Minnesota Twins fell from 28th to 30th and last place in team rankings with 9.5 Box-Toppers points, earning no points in the past week. Last week’s lowest ranked team, the Atlanta Braves, rose to 29th place. While the Braves have 9.5, the same total as the Twins, they rank 29th based on a tiebreaker—they earned more points than the Twins in the past week—1 vs. 0.

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.