8 of top 10 ERA leaders also rank in Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings

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Corey Kluber of the Indians had the lowest earned run average of any pitcher in 2017 and ranked fifth in Box-Toppers player rankings.

ERA leaders’ Box-Toppers points

Here is how 2017 earned run average (ERA) leaders fared in Box-Toppers points. Players are listed from highest ERA. Also shown are their 2017 Box-Toppers points (BTP) and their rank in Box-Toppers tops among all players.

Player Team ERA BTP Rank
1 Corey Kluber Indians 2.25 22.0 5
2 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 2.31 23.1 3
3 Max Scherzer Nationals 2.51 25.0 2
4 Stephen Strasburg Nationals 2.52 22.5 4
5 Robbie Ray Dbacks 2.89 16.0 10
6 Chris Sale Red Sox 2.90 25.1 1
7 Gio Gonzalez Nationals 2.96 9.7 41
8 Luis Severino Yankees 2.98 21.1 7
9 Marcus Stroman Blue Jays 3.09 4.7 217
10 Zack Greinke Dbacks 3.20 20.1 8
BTP: Box-Toppers points

The overall Box-Toppers points leader, Chris Sale of the Red Sox (25.1), finished sixth place in ERA (2.90).

Eight of the top 10 ERA leaders finished in the top 10 in Box-Toppers points in 2017. The two exceptions:

  • Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals, who ranked seventh in ERA (2.96) but ranked 41st in Box-Toppers points (9.7).
  • Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays, who ranked ninth in ERA (3.09), but ranked very low in Box-Toppers rankings compared to the other nine ERA leaders. Stroman had just 4.7 Box-Toppers points in 2017, 217th among all players and 60th among American League pitchers. Stroman appeared in 33 games in 2017 and the Blue Jays won 19 of them, but Stroman was Player of the Game in just four of those games—another Blue Jays teammate earned Player of the Game in the other 15 games. Stroman earned the win in 13 of the Blue Jays wins.

Kluber led pitchers with an ERA of 2.25. He had 22.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked fifth among all players and second among AL pitchers behind Sale (25.1). Kluber appeared in 29 games in 2017 and the Indians won 20; Kluber was Player of the Game in 14 of them. He earned overall Player of the Game honors eight times (worth 2.0 Box-Toppers points). Kluber earned the win 18 times.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers had the lowest ERA of any National League pitcher (2.31), which was second-lowest overall. Kershaw had 23.1 Box-Toppers points in 2017, third among all players and second among NL pitchers.

Max Scherzer of the Nationals led all NL pitchers in Box-Toppers points (25.0), which was second overall behind Sale (25.1). Scherzer ranked third in lowest ERA (2.51), second among NL pitchers.

In addition to Kluber, Kershaw, Scherzer and Sale, the other pitchers in both the top 10 lowest ERA and top 10 Box-Toppers points for 2017 are:

  • 4. Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals (2.52 ERA), 22.5 Box-Toppers points, fourth among all players and third among NL pitchers.
  • 5. Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks (2.89 ERA), 16.0 Box-Toppers points, 10th among all players and fifth among NL pitchers.
  • 8. Luis Severino of the Yankees (2.98 ERA), 21.1 Box-Toppers points, seventh among all players and fourth among AL pitchers.
  • 10. Zack Greinke of the Diamondbacks (3.20 ERA), 20.1 Box-Toppers points, eighth among all players and fourth among NL pitchers.

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