Despite losing eight of their last 10 games, the Chicago Cubs still cling to the lead in Box-Toppers team rankings report at the All-Star break.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers' team rankings, through the games of Sunday, July 10. 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 July 1 to 10. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of June 30.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians maintain their Box-Toppers rankings lead among American League teams and the Boston Red Sox, on the strength of wins and acquisitions, are the hottest team since the last team rankings report on June 30.
Cubs players have accumulated 69.8 Box-Toppers points this season, more than any other team. The Cubs only earned 2.5 Box-Toppers points since the last team rankings report June 30. And while the Cubs lead has now shrunk to 1.2 Box-Toppers points over the second-place Washington Nationals (68.7), they still lead for the 12th consecutive Box-Toppers team rankings report.
The Cubs no longer have baseball’s best record. With a winning percentage of .602, they are second behind the San Francisco Giants (.633), who with 65.6 Box-Toppers points, rank fifth among all teams.
The Cubs are led by pitcher Jake Arrieta (10.7 Box-Toppers points). The Cubs’ top batter is Kris Bryant (7.0 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.)
The Indians maintain their lead among AL teams, though fall from second to fourth overall, with 67.6 Box-Toppers points, picking up 4.7 since the last rankings report.
The Indians are led by pitcher Corey Kluber (12.5 Box-Toppers points). Top batter is Lonnie Chisenhall (3.5 points). Twenty different Indians players have earned Player of the Game honors this season.
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||7.0|
|Hammel, Jason 2235||pi sp||5.0|
|Hendricks, Kyle 3386||pi sp||5.0|
|Rondon, Hector 3201||pi cp||4.0|
|Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||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 Red Sox are the hottest team since the last team rankings report on June 30, picking up 16.2 Box-Toppers points in that span. Red Sox players picked up 8.7 of those points in team wins and the other 7.5 points came in acquisitions. The Red Sox acquired second baseman Aaron Hill from the Brewers, picking up his 5.5 points he’s earned this season and closing pitcher Brad Ziegler from the Diamondbacks, picking up the 2.0 points he’s earned.
The Red Sox rose from 13th to sixth place in team rankings with 64.8 Box-Toppers points, the biggest jump of any team since June 30.
Other hot teams since June 30:
- The Los Angeles Dodgers picked up 10.4 Box-Toppers points, rising from fifth to third in team rankings with 68.1 points.
- The Toronto Blue Jays picked up 9.0 Box-Toppers points, rising from ninth to eighth in team rankings with 61.3 points.
The Milwaukee Brewers lost a net of 1.5 Box-Toppers points since June 30, largely due to trading Aaron Hill to the Red Sox. The Brewers have 37.5 Box-Toppers points and fell from 24th on June 30 to 28th on July 10.
The Atlanta Braves remain 30th and last place among all teams, with 31.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 4.0 points since the last report June 30.
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.