The Chicago Cubs lead in the Box-Toppers weekly team rankings report slipped a bit, but still held for the 11th straight week.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers' team rankings, through the games of Thursday, June 30. 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 accumulated from June 24 to 30. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of June 23.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians passed the Texas Rangers to top American League teams and the Washington Nationals had the hottest week, picking up more Box-Toppers points than any other team.
Cubs players have accumulated 67.3 Box-Toppers points so far this season, 5.7 points in the past week. The Cubs also have baseball’s best record, though their winning percentage this week slipped to .654.
The Cubs are led by pitcher Jake Arrieta (10.7 Box-Toppers points). The Cubs’ top batter is Kris Bryant (5.5 points). Twenty different Cubs players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season. (See all 20 Cubs who have earned Box-Toppers points this season in the chart elsewhere on this page.)
Box-Toppers point totals of Chicago CubsThe Chicago Cubs lead Box-Toppers team rankings. Twenty different Cubs players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season. They are listed below in order of their season Box-Toppers point total.
|Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||10.7|
|Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||9.7|
|Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||9.4|
|Bryant, Kris 3465||lf 3b rf||5.5|
|Hammel, Jason 2235||pi sp||5.0|
|Hendricks, Kyle 3386||pi sp||5.0|
|Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||3.0|
|Rondon, Hector 3201||pi cp||3.0|
|Zobrist, Ben 2216||rf 2b||2.5|
|Ross, David 1729||ca||2.5|
|Russell, Addison 3559||ss||2.0|
|Warren, Adam 3169||pi mr sp||1.0|
|Soler, Jorge 3403||lf||1.0|
|Wood, Travis 2777||pi mr sp||1.0|
|Coghlan, Chris 2610||3b lf||1.0|
|Cahill, Trevor 2658||pi mr||1.0|
|Heyward, Jason 2695||rf||1.0|
|Baez, Javier 3395||2b||1.0|
|LaStella, Tommy 3367||3b||1.0|
|Peralta, Joel 2292||pi mr||1.0|
The Indians rise to lead AL teams with 62.9 Box-Toppers points, rising from fourth to second place among all teams, picking up 10.2 points in the past week, most among AL teams. The Rangers, the AL leaders for the previous three weeks, fall from second to fourth overall, with 59.2 points, earning 4.0 points during the past week.
The Indians are led by pitcher Corey Kluber (10.8 Box-Toppers points). Top batter is Marlon Byrd (2.5 points). Nineteen different Indians players have earned Player of the Game honors this season.
The Nationals are the hottest team of the week, picking up 10.4 Box-Toppers points. With 61.7 accumulated points, the Nationals rise from fifth to third among all teams. The Nationals picked up 3.7 points this week when they signed starting pitcher Mat Latos to a minor league deal. Latos earned his 3.7 points in April with the Chicago White Sox before slumping and being released.
The Atlanta Braves fell from 29th to 30th and last place among all teams, with 27.0 Box-Toppers points. The Braves had a net loss of 1.0 Box-Toppers point during the week after trading starting pitcher Bud Norris (3.0 Box-Toppers points) to the Dodgers. Last week’s lowest-ranked team, the Minnesota Twins, rise to 29th place with 30.2 Box-Toppers points, picking up 4.0 points during 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.