Nationals, week's hottest team, rise to lead Box-Toppers weekly team rankings

The Washington Nationals top Box-Toppers’ weekly team rankings report and were the hottest team of the past week.

Team rankings

Here are Box-Toppers' top 10 team rankings, through the games of Thursday, April 20. The column BTP shows the number of Box-Toppers points players on the team have accumulated so far this season. The column BTP/wk shows have many points teams accumulated from April 14 to 20. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of April 13.

4/20 Teams BTP BTP/wk Wk ago
1 Nationals 13.2 7.7 18
2 Red Sox 12.7 6.5 13
3 Astros 12.4 5.7 10
4 Yankees 12.0 6.0 14
5 Rockies 11.7 4.2 6
6 Reds 11.2 2.0 1
7 Dodgers 11.0 4.0 8
8 Orioles 10.7 4.0 9
9 Dbacks 10.5 3.0 5
10 Athletics 10.4 4.2 12

Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox rise to lead American League teams in Box-Toppers points and last week’s leader, the Cincinnati Reds, fall to sixth place in team rankings.

Nationals players have accumulated 13.2 Box-Toppers points so far in 2017, including 7.7 points in the past week, most of any team. The Nationals have the third-best winning percentage of any team in baseball (.667), which is best in the NL. The Baltimore Orioles have the best winning percentage (.714) and rank eighth in team ranking with 10.7 Box-Toppers points.

The Nationals are led by pitcher Max Scherzer, who has 3.0 Box-Toppers points, eighth among players this season. Top batter for the Nationals is Bryce Harper (3.0 points), who ranks first among NL batters so far for 2017. Seven different Nationals players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors so far this season.

The Nationals ranked 18th in last week’s Box-Toppers team rankings report and the 17 spots they rose is the most of any team.

The AL-leading Red Sox have 12.7 Box-Toppers points, including earning 6.5 in the past week, rising from 13th in last week’s team rankings. The Red Sox are led by pitcher Chris Sale (4.7 Box-Toppers points, third among all players). Top Red Sox batter is Mookie Betts (1.5 points). Six different Red Sox players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors so far this season.

Last week’s top team, the Reds fall to sixth place with 11.2 Box-Toppers points, earning only 2.0 points in the past week.

The Toronto Blue Jays maintain their rank of 30th and last place among all teams with 3.0 Box-Toppers points.

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.

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Last week’s team rankings report