|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||17.1||1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||22.1|
|2||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||12.4||2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||20.0|
|3||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||11.4||3||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||13.0|
|4||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||11.0||4||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||12.4|
|5||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||10.0||5||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||12.4|
|6||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||9.7||6||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||10.7|
|7||McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||9.4||7||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi nl||10.0|
|8||Vargas, Jason 2055||pi sp||kc al||9.0||8||Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||10.0|
|9||Kimbrel, Craig 2825||pi cp||bos al||7.7||9||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||9.1|
|10||Keuchel, Dallas 3050||pi sp||hou al||7.4||10||Nelson, Jimmy 3299||pi sp||mil nl||9.0|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh 1b||cle al||9.4||1||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||nym nl||8.0|
|2||Judge, Aaron 3767||rf||nyy al||9.2||2||Bellinger, Cody 3781||1b rf lf||lad nl||7.7|
|3||Healy, Ryon 3685||dh 1b 3b||oak al||8.7||3||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||7.2|
|4||Sano, Miguel 3527||3b||min al||7.5||4||Harper, Bryce 3011||rf||dc nl||7.0|
|5||Mancini, Trey 3766||lf 1b||bal al||7.2||5||Posey, Buster 2745||ca 1b||sf nl||6.5|
|6||Smoak, Justin 2731||1b||tor al||6.5||6||Parra, Gerardo 2746||rf lf||col nl||6.5|
|7||Iglesias, Jose 3532||ss||det al||6.0||7||Adams, Matt 3220||1b||atl nl||6.5|
|8||Cabrera, Melky 2143||lf||chi al||5.7||8||Murphy, Daniel 2589||2b||dc nl||6.0|
|9||Correa, Carlos 3506||ss||hou al||5.5||9||Altherr, Aaron 3563||lf rf cf||phi nl||6.0|
|10||Perez, Salvador 2972||ca||kc al||5.5||10||McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf||pit nl||5.5|
Though he’s now on the disabled list, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw remains atop Box-Toppers weekly player rankings for the 11th straight week.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of July 27:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||22.1|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||20.0|
|3||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||17.1|
|4||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||13.0|
|5||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||12.4|
|6||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||12.4|
|7||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||12.4|
|8||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||11.4|
|9||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||11.0|
|10||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||10.7|
Meanwhile, Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians takes the lead among American League batters in Box-Toppers points, passing last week’s leader, Ryon Healy of the Athletics.
Kershaw has 22.1 Box-Toppers points, earning no points in the past week. He leads second-place player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (20.0 Box-Toppers points). Kershaw also leads Scherzer among National League pitchers.
Kershaw exited his last start Sunday, July 23, experiencing back tightness and has since gone on the 10-day disabled list. There is speculation he could be out until at least late August or early September. Last season, he had a herniated disk and missed 10 weeks, losing the commanding Box-Toppers points lead he had in 2016 and finishing second in final player rankings to Scherzer (25.7 points to 24.4). Kershaw has said his back injury this past week is not as serious or debilitating as last season’s. (And did you see video of him crouching down to pick up his daughter after she threw out a ceremonial first pitch this week? His back looked good there.)
Here are the leaders in other key categories:
American League batters—Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians rises to pass previous leader Ryon Healy of the Athletics. Encarnacion now has 9.4 Box-Toppers points and ranks 15th among all players. Healy (8.7 points) falls to third, now behind second-place AL batter Aaron Judge of the Yankees (9.2).
American League pitchers—Chris Sale of the Red Sox maintains his lead with 17.1 Box-Toppers points, earning 4.0 points in the past week. He leads second-place AL pitcher Ervin Santana of the Twins (12.4). Sale ranks third among all players, behind Kershaw (22.1) and Scherzer (20.0).
National League batters—Jay Bruce of the Mets maintains his lead with 8.0 Box-Toppers points, earning no points in the past week. He leads second-place NL batter Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (7.7). Bruce ranks 24th among all players.
Two players rose into the overall top 10 since last week:
- Mariners pitcher James Paxton rises to ninth place with 11.0 Box-Toppers points.
- Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom rises to 10th place with 10.7 Box-Toppers points.
With their rise, two players fell out of the top 10:
- Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana falls from ninth last week to 12th this week with 10.0 Box-Toppers points.
- Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray falls from 10th last week to 13th this week with 10.0 Box-Toppers points.
So far this season, 611 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 295 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 106 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. Ten players debuted 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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