Chicago Cubs top Box-Toppers team rankings for 5th week; White Sox top AL teams

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

Team rankings

Here are Box-Toppers' team rankings, through the games of Thursday, May 19. 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 12. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of May 12.

5/19 Teams BTP BTP/wk Wk ago
1 Cubs 35.4 4.2 1
2 Phillies 31.1 4.7 5
3 Giants 30.7 8.7 14
4 White Sox 30.3 3.0 2
5 Orioles 30.1 4.0 6
6 Nationals 29.9 4.0 7
7 Red Sox 29.9 3.0 4
8 Pirates 29.7 6.5 10
9 Mets 28.0 1.0 3
10 Indians 27.2 5.7 15

Also, the San Francisco Giants were the hottest team of the week, picking up 8.7 Box-Toppers points from May 13 to 19.

Cubs players have accumulated 35.4 Box-Toppers points so far this season, including 4.2 in the past week. The Cubs also have baseball’s best winning percentage (.718).

The Cubs are led by pitcher Jake Arrieta (7.7). Their top batter is Anthony Rizzo (3.0 points). Fourteen different Cubs players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.

The White Sox maintain their lead among AL teams but fall from second to fourth place among all teams. With 30.3 Box-Toppers points, they earned 3.0 points in the past week. All 3.0 of those points this week were earned by pitcher Chris Sale, who leads the team with 8.7 points. Top batter is Melky Cabrera (2.5). Eleven different White Sox players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.

The Giants, the hottest team of the week (earning 8.7 points), now have 30.7 Box-Toppers points for the season and make the week’s biggest jump up team rankings, rising 11 places from 14th to third place.

Also rising into Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings—the Cleveland Indians rose from 15th to 10th place with 27.2 points, earning 5.7 in the past week.

Two teams fell out of Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings this week:

  • The Texas Rangers fell from eighth to 13th with 25.6 Box-Toppers points, earning 2.0 in the past week.
  • The Seattle Mariners fell from ninth to 16th with 25.2 Box-Toppers points, earning 2.0 in the past week.

The Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves are tied at the bottom of Box-Toppers team rankings with 11.5 Box-Toppers points. Both teams earned 2.0 points in the past week. The Twins were in 30th place last week and the Braves were in 29th place.

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