Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of May 5.
|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||4.7||1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||6.0|
|2||Volquez, Edinson 2220||pi sp||kc al||4.4||2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||6.0|
|3||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||oak al||4.4||3||Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||5.0|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||4.0||4||Velasquez, Vince 3611||pi sp||phi nl||5.0|
|5||Santiago, Hector 3109||pi sp||ana al||3.7||5||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||4.7|
|6||Latos, Mat 2644||pi sp||chi al||3.7||6||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||4.0|
|7||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||3.4||7||De La Rosa, Rubby 3342||pi sp mr||ari nl||4.0|
|8||Salazar, Danny 3223||pi sp||cle al||3.4||8||Nicasio, Juan 2888||pi sp||pit nl||4.0|
|9||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||3.0||9||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||3.7|
|10||Zimmermann, Jordan 2612||pi sp||det al||3.0||10||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||3.0|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||5.0||1||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf dh ph||nym nl||4.5|
|2||Cano, Robinson 2092||2b||sea al||4.5||2||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||4.5|
|3||Machado, Manny 3087||3b ss||bal al||4.2||3||Conforto, Michael 3622||lf||nym nl||4.0|
|4||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||3.5||4||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||3.5|
|5||Castellanos, Nick 3349||3b||det al||3.0||5||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||3.5|
|6||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||3.0||6||Carter, Chris 2828||1b||mil nl||3.5|
|7||Park, Byung Ho 3616||dh||min al||3.0||7||Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||3.0|
|8||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||tor al||2.5||8||Markakis, Nick 2116||rf||atl nl||3.0|
|9||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||tor al||2.5||9||Belt, Brandon 2943||1b||sf nl||3.0|
|10||Rasmus, Colby 2608||lf||hou al||2.5||10||Diaz, Aledmys 3612||ss||stl nl||3.0|
Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta is the leader in Box-Toppers points for the third straight weekly player rankings report, though he lost the lead briefly in the middle of the week.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of May 5:
|1||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||6.0|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||6.0|
|3||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||5.0|
|4||Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||5.0|
|5||Velasquez, Vince 3611||pi sp||phi nl||5.0|
|6||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi al||4.7|
|7||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||4.7|
|8||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf dh ph||nym nl||4.5|
|9||Cano, Robinson 2092||2b||sea al||4.5|
|10||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||4.5|
Meanwhile, there are new leaders in three of the other four major ranking categories: Jose Quintana of the White Sox now leads American League pitchers, Jose Altuve of the Astros now leads AL batters and Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets now leads National League batters.
Arrieta is the overall leader in points with 6.0, picking up 1.0 point in the past week. While he led last week’s Friday player rankings report, he lost the lead Sunday when Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw passed him with 6.0 Box-Toppers points. Arrieta reclaimed the lead Tuesday when he earned Player of the Game honors. While Arrieta and Kershaw both have 6.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, Arrieta beats him in a tiebreaker because he had more Box-Toppers points in 2015—29.1 vs. 25.7.
American League batting leader—Altuve of the Astros has 5.0 Box-Toppers points, most of any AL player and third among all players. He passed last week’s leader, Manny Machado of the Orioles, who has 4.2 points and fell to third among AL batters this week.
American League pitching leader—Quintana of the White Sox has 4.7 Box-Toppers points and ranks sixth among all players. He passed last week’s leader, Edinson Volquez of the Royals, who has 4.4 points and fell to second among AL pitchers this week.
National League batting leader—Cespedes of the Mets has 4.5 Box-Toppers points and ranks eighth among all players. He passed last week’s leader, Eugenio Suarez of the reds, who has 4.5 points and fell to second among NL batters.
So far this season, 283 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 67 players who have more than 2.0 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.