Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 5.
|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||14.5||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||11.0||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||12.4|
|7||Pomeranz, Drew 3061||pi sp||bos al||10.4||7||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||11.0|
|8||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||8.7||8||Syndergaard, Noah 3472||pi sp||nym nl||11.0|
|9||Duffy, Danny 2915||pi sp||kc al||8.7||9||Arrieta, Jake 2738||pi sp||chi nl||10.7|
|10||Sanchez, Aaron 3392||pi sp||tor al||8.7||10||Lackey, John 1640||pi sp||chi nl||10.4|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Altuve, Jose 3007||2b||hou al||10.0||1||Carpenter, Matt 2987||3b 1b 2b||stl nl||7.5|
|2||Machado, Manny 3087||ss 3b||bal al||8.7||2||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||7.5|
|3||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||tor al||8.2||3||Myers, Wil 3228||1b||sd nl||7.2|
|4||Cabrera, Miguel 1776||1b||det al||8.0||4||Bryant, Kris 3465||lf 3b rf||chi nl||7.0|
|5||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||7.7||5||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||7.0|
|6||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||7.5||6||Carter, Chris 2828||1b||mil nl||7.0|
|7||Davis, Chris 2478||1b||bal al||7.5||7||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||6.5|
|8||Trumbo, Mark 2851||rf||bal al||7.2||8||Votto, Joey 2366||1b||cin nl||6.5|
|9||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||tor al||7.0||9||Story, Trevor 3607||ss||col nl||6.5|
|10||Pujols, Albert 1438||dh 1b||ana al||7.0||10||Cespedes, Yoenis 3008||cf lf||nym nl||6.0|
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw’s three-month-long lead in Box-Toppers season player rankings may about to be coming to an end.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2016 season as of Aug. 4:
|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||14.5|
|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||12.4|
|9||Bumgarner, Madison 2753||pi sp||sf nl||11.0|
|10||Happ, J.A. 2536||pi sp||tor al||11.0|
Kershaw has 20.0 Box-Toppers points to lead all players and has led since May 7. However, he hasn’t pitched since June 20 due to injury and isn’t expected to return until at least late August. Meanwhile, his formerly large lead has narrowed during his time away and this week, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer came within 1.3 Box-Toppers points—Scherzer now has 18.7 Box-Toppers points. Scherzer is now in position to pass Kershaw at his next start if he earns overall Player of the Day (worth 2.0 Box-Toppers points) or National League Player of the Day (worth 1.7 points).
Meanwhile, there is a new leader among American League pitchers in Box-Toppers points this week. Indians pitcher Corey Kluber (14.5 Box-Toppers points) passed previous leader Cole Hamels (14.1). Kluber ranks fourth among all players.
Other category leaders remain the same:
National League pitchers—Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers leads with 20.0 Box-Toppers points, first among all players.
American League batters—Jose Altuve of the Astros leads with 10.0 Box-Toppers points, 19th among all players.
National League batters—Matt Carpenter of the Cardinals leads with 7.5 Box-Toppers points, 44th among all players. This week, Jay Bruce of the Mets (recently traded from the Reds) tied Carpenter at 7.5 points, but Carpenter still ranks ahead of Bruce on a tiebreaker—he has more 2015 Box-Toppers points—5.5 vs. 3.2.
So far this season, 612 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 281 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 90 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.