Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 18.
|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||17.2||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||Pomeranz, Drew 3061||pi sp||bos al||11.4||4||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|5||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||10.7||5||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||14.4|
|6||Duffy, Danny 2915||pi sp||kc al||10.7||6||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|7||Fulmer, Michael 3640||pi sp||det al||10.7||7||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||12.4|
|8||Salazar, Danny 3223||pi sp||cle al||10.5||8||Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||12.1|
|9||Santiago, Hector 3109||pi sp||min al||10.4||9||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||12.0|
|10||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||9.7||10||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||11.7|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||12.5||1||Bryant, Kris 3465||lf 3b rf||chi nl||9.0|
|2||Machado, Manny 3087||ss 3b||bal al||10.2||2||Carpenter, Matt 2987||3b 1b 2b||stl nl||8.5|
|3||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||9.0||3||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||8.0|
|4||Martin, Russell 2202||ca||tor al||8.5||4||Votto, Joey 2366||1b||cin nl||7.5|
|5||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||tor al||8.2||5||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||7.5|
|6||Trumbo, Mark 2851||rf||bal al||8.2||6||Myers, Wil 3228||1b||sd nl||7.2|
|7||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||8.0||7||LeMahieu, DJ 3091||2b||col nl||7.0|
|8||Wieters, Matt 2643||ca||bal al||8.0||8||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||7.0|
|9||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||7.7||9||Carter, Chris 2828||1b||mil nl||7.0|
|10||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||7.5||10||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||6.5|
There was very little movement in Box-Toppers top 10 season player rankings this past week as Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw maintains his lead.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 18:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||18.7|
|3||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||17.2|
|4||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||16.4|
|5||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|6||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||14.4|
|7||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||14.1|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|9||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||12.7|
|10||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||12.5|
However, there is a new leader among National League batters this week as Kris Bryant of the Cubs (9.0 Box-Toppers points) has passed Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals (8.5). Bryant ranks 32nd among all players.
Kershaw has 20.0 Box-Toppers points to lead all players despite being on the disabled list for the past seven weeks. Second-place player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (18.7 points), has had two chances to pass him in his past two starts but failed both times to earn Player of the Game honors.
The top 10 players in Box-Toppers rankings only earned 2.0 combined Box-Toppers points since last week: Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (17.2 points, ranked third) earned 1.0 point on Tuesday and Cubs pitcher Jon Lester (14.4 points, ranked sixth) earned 1.0 point on Wednesday.
Here is the status of other Box-Toppers leader categories:
American League pitchers—Corey Kluber of the Indians continues to lead with 17.2 Box-Toppers points, ranking third 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 pitchers—Kershaw maintains his lead with 20.0 Box-Toppers points.
So far this season, 646 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 317 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 106 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.