Chicago Cubs top team rankings for 3rd straight week; White Sox top AL teams

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

Team rankings

Here are Box-Toppers' team rankings, through the games of Thursday, May 5. 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 28. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of April 28.

5/5 Teams BTP BTP
1 Cubs 26.0 5.0 1
2 Mets 23.0 7.0 7
3 Nationals 22.9 5.5 4
4 Phillies 22.4 5.0 3
5 White Sox 21.4 3.7 2
6 Orioles 20.6 3.7 5
7 Pirates 19.7 3.0 6
8 Blue Jays 19.4 6.9 18
9 Mariners 19.2 7.0 21
10 Red Sox 19.2 5.0 11

Meanwhile, the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners were the hottest teams of the week, each picking up 7.0 Box-Toppers points. The Mets were also the hottest team last week.

Cubs players have accumulated 26.0 Box-Toppers points so far this season, including 5.0 in the past week. The Cubs also have baseball’s best winning percentage (.778).

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

The White Sox maintain their lead among AL teams, but slipped from second to fifth among all teams. The White Sox also have the best winning percentage in the AL (.655). With 21.4 Box-Toppers points, they earned 3.7 points in the past week. They are led by pitchers Jose Quintana (4.7 Box-Toppers points) and Chris Sale (4.0). Ten different White Sox players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.

The Mets and the Mariners, the two hottest teams, each earning 7.0 Box-Toppers points in the past week, rose in team rankings. The Mets rose from seventh to second place with 23.0 points. The Mariners made the biggest rise of the week from 21st to ninth place with 19.2 points.

Besides the Mariners, two other players rose into Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings:

  • The Toronto Blue Jays rose from 18th to eighth with 19.4 Box-Toppers points, picking up 6.9 in the past week.
  • The Boston Red Sox rose from 11th to 10th with 19.2 Box-Toppers points, picking up 5.0 in the past week.

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

  • The San Francisco Giants fell from eighth to 12th with 18.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 3.0 in the past week.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays fell from 10th to 14th with 17.3 Box-Toppers points, picking up 2.5 in the past week.
  • The Kansas City Royals fell from ninth to 18th with 16.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up 2.0 in the past week.

The Atlanta Braves maintain the 30th and last place spot in team rankings for the second week. The Braves have 8.5 Box-Toppers points, picking up 2.0 in the past week.

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.