The Arizona Diamondbacks rise to the top of Box-Toppers weekly team rankings and are the hottest team of the past week.
Meanwhile, the top American League team, the Houston Astros, fall from first place overall last week to third place this week.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers' top 10 team rankings, through the games of Thursday, May 25. 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 May 19 to 25. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of May 18.
Diamondbacks players have accumulated 37.4 Box-Toppers points so far this season, including 8.5 in the past week, the most of any team. The Diamondbacks rise from sixth place last week and pass the previous top NL team, the Washington Nationals (35.6 points), which fall from second to fourth place overall.
The Diamondbacks have baseball’s fourth-best winning percentage (.612) and are a game behind the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies. (The Rockies have 36.5 Box-Toppers points and rank second among all teams.)
The Diamondbacks are led by pitcher Zack Greinke (6.7 Box-Toppers points), who ranks fourth among all players. Top batter is Paul Goldschmidt (3.7). Seventeen different Diamondbacks players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors so far this season.
Last week’s top team, the Houston Astros, continue to lead AL teams in Box-Toppers points with 36.5, ranked third overall. However, the Astros continue to have baseball’s best winning percentage (.667).
The Astros are led by pitcher Lance McCullers (6.0 Box-Toppers points), ranked sixth overall. Top batter is Carlos Correa (2.5 points). Seventeen different Astros players have earned Player of the Game honors so far this season.
The Minnesota Twins made the biggest rise in Box-Toppers team rankings this week, rising from 20th place last week to ninth place this week. The Twins have 29.4 Box-Toppers points, earning 8.2 points in the past week, most of any AL team.
Two other teams rise into Box-Toppers top 10 list this week:
- The Cleveland Indians rise from 17th to eighth place with 29.6 points, earning 5.2 in the past week.
- The Chicago Cubs rise from 15th to 10th place with 29.4 points, earning 4.5 in the past week.
Three teams dropped out of the top 10 from last week:
- The Texas Rangers drop from seventh to 12th with 29.0 points, earning 2.0 in the past week.
- The Milwaukee Brewers drop from eighth to 13th with 28.0 points, earning 1.0 in the past week.
- The St. Louis Cardinals drop from 10th to 16th with 27.2 points, earning 1.0 in the past week.
The Philadelphia Phillies remain the lowest-ranked team in Box-Toppers points for the second week with 17.7, earning 2.0 points in the past week.
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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