Chicago Cubs, week's hottest team, extend lead in Box-Toppers team rankings

The Chicago Cubs extended their lead in Box-Toppers weekly team rankings and were the hottest team of the past week.

Team rankings

Here are Box-Toppers' team rankings, through the games of Thursday, June 9. 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, June 2. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of June 2.

6/9 Teams BTP BTP/wk Wk ago
1 Cubs 54.6 8.7 1
2 Rangers 45.2 8.2 7
3 Orioles 42.8 6.7 8
4 Nationals 42.6 3.0 3
5 Mets 42.2 4.0 4
6 Giants 42.2 2.0 2
7 Indians 42.0 7.1 11
8 Pirates 40.7 3.0 6
9 Dodgers 40.2 5.0 10
10 Red Sox 40.1 2.0 5

Also, the Texas Rangers rise to top all American League teams in Box-Toppers points.

Cubs players have accumulated 54.6 Box-Toppers points so far this season, including 8.7 in the past week, more than any other team during the period June 3 to June 9. The Cubs also have baseball’s best record (.707).

While the Cubs are led by pitcher Jake Arrieta (8.7 Box-Toppers points), it was other starters who contributed most to the Cubs’ hot week—John Lackey (8.4 points on the season) earned 2.7 points during the past week and Jon Lester and Jason Hammel both earned Player of the Day honors during the week, each picking up 2.0 points. Also during the past week, the Cubs acquired two players—Chris Coghlan and Joel Peralta—who each had 1.0 Box-Toppers point this season with a previous team. Their points are now added to the Cubs’ dominant season total.

The Cubs’ top batter is Kris Bryant (3.5 points). Eighteen different Cubs players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.

The Rangers unseat the Boston Red Sox as the top AL team in Box-Toppers rankings. Rangers players have accumulated 45.2 Box-Toppers points this season, picking up 8.2 in the past week, rising from seventh to second in overall rankings.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, fall from fifth overall to 10th with 40.1 Box-Toppers points, picking up only 2.0 points in the past week.

The Rangers are led by pitcher Cole Hamels (6.4 Box-Toppers points). Top batter is Adrian Beltre (4.0 points). Eighteen different Rangers players have earned Player of the Game honors this season.

One team rose into Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings—the Cleveland Indians rose from 11th to seventh with 42.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 7.1 points in the past week.

One team fell from Box-Toppers top 10 team rankings—the Toronto Blue Jays fell from ninth to 11th place with 38.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up 3.5 points in the past week.

Two teams actually lost Box-Toppers points during the past week—the Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox each lost 1.0 Box-Toppers point in the past week. The Athletics, as previously mentioned, traded Chris Coghlan (1.0 Box-Toppers point) to the Cubs. The White Sox designated pitcher Mat Latos for assignment—that means the 3.7 Box-Toppers points Latos earned in April have been removed from the White Sox season total and resulted in them losing 1.0 net point in the past week.

The Athletics fall from 26th to 27th place with 26.4 Box-Toppers points. The White Sox fall from 13th to 20th place with 33.3 points. Three weeks ago, the White Sox led all AL teams and were in fourth place overall with 30.3 Box-Toppers points. Four weeks ago, the White Sox ranked second among all teams with 27.3 points.

The Atlanta Braves remain in 30th and last place among all teams with 18.5 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