Chicago Cubs stay atop Box-Toppers team rankings for 6th week, Red Sox rise to top AL teams

The Chicago Cubs lead Box-Toppers weekly player rankings for the sixth week in a row, while the Boston Red Sox take the lead among American League teams.

Team rankings

Here are Box-Toppers' team rankings, through the games of Thursday, May 26. 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 26. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of May 26.

5/26 Teams BTP BTP/wk Wk ago
1 Cubs 38.9 3.5 1
2 Mets 36.2 8.2 9
3 Pirates 35.7 6.0 8
4 Giants 35.7 5.0 3
5 Nationals 34.6 4.7 6
6 Red Sox 34.4 4.5 7
7 Phillies 33.1 2.0 2
8 Rangers 32.3 6.7 13
9 White Sox 32.3 2.0 4
10 Orioles 32.1 2.0 5

Also, the New York Mets were the hottest team of the week, picking up 8.2 Box-Toppers points from May 20 to 26.

Cubs players have accumulated 38.9 Box-Toppers points so far this season, including 3.5 in the past week. The Cubs also have baseball’s best winning percentage (.689).

The Cubs are led by pitcher Jake Arrieta (8.7). Their top batter is Kris Bryant (3.5 points). Fifteen different Cubs players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.

The Red Sox pass the Chicago White Sox to take the lead among AL teams. With 34.4 Box-Toppers points, they rise from seventh to sixth among all teams, picking up 4.5 points in the past week. The Red Sox are led by pitcher David Price (5.7 Box-Toppers points) and David Ortiz (3.5). Sixteen different Red Sox players have earned Player of the Game honors so far this season.

The White Sox, the top AL team the past four weeks, drop to third among AL teams and fall from fourth to ninth among all teams with 32.3 Box-Toppers points, picking up only 2.0 points during the past week.

The Mets, the hottest team of the week (earning 8.2 points), now have 36.2 Box-Toppers points for the season and make the week’s biggest jump up team rankings, rising seven places from ninth to second place.

One team rose into Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings—the Texas Rangers rose from 13th to eighth with 32.3 points, earning 6.7 in the past week.

One team fell from Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings—the Cleveland Indians fell from 10th to 11th place with 31.9 points, earning 4.7 in the past week.

The Atlanta Braves are in 30th and last place among all teams with 13.5 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