The Los Angeles Dodgers top Box-Toppers team rankings for the eighth straight week.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers' top 10 team rankings, through the games of Thursday, Aug. 17. 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 Aug. 11 to Aug. 17. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of Aug. 10.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians—the week’s hottest team—rise to take the lead in Box-Toppers rankings among American League teams, displacing the Houston Astros, which had been the AL’s top team for 12 weeks in a row.
Dodgers players have accumulated 114.0 Box-Toppers points through the games of Thursday, Aug. 17, including 4.5 in the week from Aug. 11 to 17. The Dodgers also have baseball’s best winning percentage (.714).
The Dodgers are led by pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22.1 Box-Toppers points), who also leads all players in season player rankings. Kershaw, however, is on the disabled list and is not expected to return until at least late August. Dodgers’ top batter is Cody Bellinger (8.7), who ranks second among NL batters in Box-Toppers points. Twenty-two different Dodgers players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors so far this season.
The Dodgers lead the second-ranked Washington Nationals. The Nationals have 104.3 Box-Toppers points, 9.7 points behind the Dodgers, and earned 4.0 points this past week.
The Indians displace the Astros as the AL’s top team with 94.7 Box-Toppers points as of Aug. 17, including 10.2 in the week from Aug. 11 to 17, the most of any team. The Indians rise from fourth to third in team rankings and as of Aug. 17, had the third-best winning percentage in the AL (.555), behind the Astros (.612) and Boston Red Sox (.575).
It is the second straight week the Indians have been baseball’s hottest team. For the week ending Aug. 10, they were the hottest team mainly due to acquiring Jay Bruce and his 8.0 Box-Toppers points from the New York Mets. At the time, the Indians had lost 7 of their 10 previous games. However, the Indians won six of the seven games they played during the week ending Aug. 17 and earned all 10.2 Box-Toppers points through wins.
The Indians are led by pitcher Corey Kluber (14.0 Box-Toppers points), who ranks seventh among all players. Top batter is Edwin Encarnacion (11.1), who leads all batters in Box-Toppers points. Nineteen different Indians players have earned Player of the Game honors so far this season.
The Astros led AL teams for 12 straight weeks but are now the third-ranked AL team, behind the Indians and New York Yankees (89.8). The Astros fall from third to fifth in overall team rankings.
The Colorado Rockies rise to 10th place from 11th place in team rankings with 81.4 Box-Toppers points, gaining 2.5 points in the past week. With the Rockies moving to 10th place, the Seattle Mariners move out of the top 10, falling from 10th to 11th with 81.1 points. They gained 2.0 points in the previous week.
The Chicago White Sox are the lowest-ranked team for the fifth straight week. The White Sox have 28.9 Box-Toppers points, gaining 1.0 point during the previous 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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