Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 25.
|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||17.2||1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||20.7|
|2||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||16.8||2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|3||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||12.7||3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||18.4|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||chi al||12.4||4||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||15.4|
|5||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||12.4||5||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|6||Pomeranz, Drew 3061||pi sp||bos al||11.4||6||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|7||Duffy, Danny 2915||pi sp||kc al||10.7||7||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||13.7|
|8||Fulmer, Michael 3640||pi sp||det al||10.7||8||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||13.0|
|9||Salazar, Danny 3223||pi sp||cle al||10.5||9||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||12.4|
|10||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||10.4||10||Matz, Steven 3516||pi sp||nym nl||12.1|
|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||11.7||2||Carpenter, Matt 2987||3b 1b 2b||stl nl||8.5|
|3||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||10.0||3||Votto, Joey 2366||1b||cin nl||8.5|
|4||Martin, Russell 2202||ca||tor al||9.5||4||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||8.0|
|5||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||8.5||5||Braun, Ryan J. 2300||lf||mil nl||8.0|
|6||Seager, Kyle 3031||3b||sea al||8.5||6||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||7.5|
|7||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||tor al||8.2||7||Myers, Wil 3228||1b||sd nl||7.2|
|8||Trumbo, Mark 2851||rf||bal al||8.2||8||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf||nym nl||7.0|
|9||Beltre, Adrian 1141||3b||tex al||8.0||9||LeMahieu, DJ 3091||2b||col nl||7.0|
|10||Wieters, Matt 2643||ca||bal al||8.0||10||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||7.0|
It took nearly two months of Clayton Kershaw being out of action, but someone finally passed him this week to become the new leader 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. 25:
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||20.7|
|2||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||20.0|
|3||Fernandez, Jose 3147||pi sp||fla nl||18.4|
|4||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||17.2|
|5||Hamels, Cole 2135||pi sp||tex al||16.8|
|6||Lester, Jon 2173||pi sp||chi nl||15.4|
|7||Cueto, Johnny 2400||pi sp||sf nl||14.4|
|8||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||14.1|
|9||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||13.7|
|10||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||13.0|
Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer passes Dodgers pitcher Kershaw for the Box-Toppers season player rankings lead. Kershaw had led all players for nearly 16 weeks, since May 7.
Scherzer has 20.7 Box-Toppers points on the season, moving ahead of Kershaw (20.0). Kershaw maintained his lead for more than two months since he last earned Player of the Game honors on June 20. Kershaw has been on the disabled list since June 26. He’s scheduled to return as early as Saturday and reports indicate he could return to pitching in mid-September.
When Kershaw reached 20.0 Box-Toppers points on June 20, the second-place player, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, had 11.7 points. Scherzer had 10.0 points and ranked fourth. At that point, Kershaw seemed on track to earn 40.0 Box-Toppers points in the season, shattering the single-season record of 33.5 points set twice by Randy Johnson (2000 and 2002, both with the Diamondbacks).
Scherzer also becomes the new Box-Toppers points leader among National League pitchers.
All other Box-Toppers category leaders remained the same from last week:
American League pitchers—Corey Kluber of the Indians continues to lead with 17.2 Box-Toppers points, fourth among all players.
American League batters—Jose Altuve of the Astros leads with 12.5 Box-Toppers points. He ranks 12th among all players.
National League batters—Kris Bryant of the Cubs leads with 9.0 Box-Toppers points. He ranks 36th among all players.
So far this season, 658 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 328 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 112 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season (six in the past week), 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.