Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of June 30.
|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||10.8||1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||10.7||2||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||13.4|
|3||Salazar, Danny 3223||pi sp||cle al||10.5||3||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||12.0|
|4||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||10.4||4||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||11.7|
|5||Hill, Rich 2215||pi sp||oak al||8.4||5||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||10.7|
|6||Lewis, Colby 1567||pi sp||tex al||7.7||6||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||10.0|
|7||Kennedy, Ian 2723||pi sp||kc al||7.0||7||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||9.7|
|8||Price, David 2593||pi sp||bos al||6.7||8||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||9.7|
|9||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||6.7||9||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||9.4|
|10||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||6.7||10||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||9.0|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Machado, Manny 3087||ss 3b||bal al||8.7||1||Carpenter, Matt 2987||3b 1b 2b||stl nl||7.5|
|2||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||8.5||2||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||7.0|
|3||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||7.5||3||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf||nym nl||6.0|
|4||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||tor al||7.2||4||Holliday, Matt 1836||1b lf dh||stl nl||6.0|
|5||Martin, Russell 2202||ca||tor al||7.0||5||Carter, Chris 2828||1b||mil nl||6.0|
|6||Wieters, Matt 2643||ca||bal al||7.0||6||Myers, Wil 3228||1b||sd nl||5.7|
|7||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||6.7||7||Bryant, Kris 3465||lf 3b rf||chi nl||5.5|
|8||Lee, Dae-Ho 3627||1b ph||sea al||6.7||8||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||cin nl||5.0|
|9||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||6.5||9||Murphy, Daniel 2589||2b||dc nl||5.0|
|10||Cain, Lorenzo 3171||cf||kc al||6.5||10||Belt, Brandon 2943||1b||sf nl||5.0|
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw still holds a commanding lead in the Box-Toppers player rankings report, but is now on the disabled list with lower back issues.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of June 30:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||13.4|
|3||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||12.0|
|4||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||11.7|
|5||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||10.8|
|6||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||10.7|
|7||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||10.7|
|8||Salazar, Danny 3223||pi sp||cle al||10.5|
|9||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||10.4|
|10||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||10.0|
Kershaw has 20.0 Box-Toppers points at the halfway point in the season. He did not pick up any points in the past week, but has more than double the points of all but eight players and holds a 6.6-point lead over second-place player, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
Kershaw was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a mildly herniated disc in his lower back.
Should Kershaw come back, he would have a chance to break the single-season Box-Toppers points record of 33.7 set by Randy Johnson in both 2000 and 2002. And if he is not able to come back or is unable to earn additional Box-Toppers points, he may still end the season leading National League pitchers. Three times since 1995 (when Box-Toppers tracking began), the leading NL pitcher has ended the season with fewer than 20.0 Box-Toppers points:
- 2004: Eric Gagne, Dodgers—19.7
- 2006: John Smoltz, Braves—19.1
- 2009: Tim Lincecum, Giants—19.7
(American League pitchers have led with fewer than 20.0 Box-Toppers points in five different seasons.)
In fact, Kershaw led NL pitchers in 2012 with just over 20.0 Box-Toppers points—20.8.
In other player rankings news, NL batters have a new leader this week—Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals, with 7.5 Box-Toppers points, rose to first place in the category, passing previous leader Eugenio Suarez of the Reds (7.0). Carpenter ranks 23rd among all players.
The other category leaders remain the same:
American League pitchers—Indians pitcher Corey Kluber has 10.8 Box-Toppers points, picking up 1.0 point in the past week. He ranks fifth among all players.
American League batters—Manny Machado of the Orioles leads with 8.7 Box-Toppers points. He ranks 15th among all players.
One player rose into Box-Toppers overall top 10 since last week—Indians pitcher Danny Salazar (10.5) rises to eighth. One player fell from the overall top 10—Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke (9.7) fell to 11th.
So far this season, 524 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 216 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.