Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 11.
|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||16.2||1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||14.1||2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||18.7|
|3||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||12.7||3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||16.4|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||10.7||4||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|5||Salazar, Danny 3223||pi sp||cle al||10.5||5||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|6||Santiago, Hector 3109||pi sp||min al||10.4||6||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||13.4|
|7||Pomeranz, Drew 3061||pi sp||bos al||10.4||7||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||12.4|
|8||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||9.7||8||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||11.7|
|9||Duffy, Danny 2915||pi sp||kc al||9.7||9||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||11.0|
|10||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||9.4||10||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||11.0|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||12.5||1||Carpenter, Matt 2987||3b 1b 2b||stl nl||8.5|
|2||Machado, Manny 3087||ss 3b||bal al||10.2||2||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||7.5|
|3||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||9.0||3||Myers, Wil 3228||1b||sd nl||7.2|
|4||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||tor al||8.2||4||Bryant, Kris 3465||lf 3b rf||chi nl||7.0|
|5||Trumbo, Mark 2851||rf||bal al||8.2||5||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||7.0|
|6||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||7.7||6||Carter, Chris 2828||1b||mil nl||7.0|
|7||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||7.5||7||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||6.5|
|8||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||7.5||8||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||6.5|
|9||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||tor al||7.0||9||Votto, Joey 2366||1b||cin nl||6.5|
|10||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||7.0||10||Rupp, Cameron 3556||ca||phi nl||6.5|
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been on the disabled list for six weeks, but still holds the lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 11:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||18.7|
|3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||16.4|
|4||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||16.2|
|5||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|6||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||14.1|
|7||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|8||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||13.4|
|9||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||12.7|
|10||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||12.5|
Kershaw, who has not earned Box-Toppers points since June 20, has 20.0 Box-Toppers points on the season, ahead of second-place player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (18.7). This week, Scherzer had his first chance to pass Kershaw and although he pitched well, the Nationals lost the game and Scherzer did not earn Box-Toppers points.
Kershaw, who has been on the disabled list with lower back issues since late June, isn’t expected to return until at least late August. He’s led players in Box-Toppers points since May 7.
Meanwhile, the leaders of all four Box-Toppers categories remain the same as last week:
American League pitchers—Corey Kluber of the Indians leads with 16.2 Box-Toppers points, extending his lead over second-place AL pitcher Cole Hamels of the Rangers (14.1). Kluber ranks fourth among all players.
American League batters—Jose Altuve of the Astros leads with 12.5 Box-Toppers points. He ranks 10th among all players.
National League batters—Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals leads with 8.5 Box-Toppers points. He ranks 34th among all players.
National League pitchers—Kerhsaw maintains his lead with 20.0 Box-Toppers points.
So far this season, 628 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 303 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 97 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season, the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors.
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.