|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||21.1||1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||22.1|
|2||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||14.4||2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||22.0|
|3||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||14.1||3||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||15.4|
|4||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||14.0||4||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||14.0|
|5||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||13.7||5||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||12.7|
|6||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||13.4||6||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||12.4|
|7||McCullers, Lance 3488||pi sp||hou al||9.4||7||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||11.8|
|8||Vargas, Jason 2055||pi sp||kc al||9.0||8||Quintana, Jose 3040||pi sp||chi nl||10.0|
|9||Kimbrel, Craig 2825||pi cp||bos al||8.7||9||Darvish, Yu 3003||pi sp||lad nl||10.0|
|10||Tanaka, Masahiro 3305||pi sp||nyy al||8.4||10||Ray, Robbie 3502||pi sp||ari nl||10.0|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||cle al||11.1||1||Rizzo, Anthony 3063||1b||chi nl||10.5|
|2||Judge, Aaron 3767||rf||nyy al||9.2||2||Bellinger, Cody 3781||1b rf lf||lad nl||8.7|
|3||Healy, Ryon 3685||dh 1b 3b||oak al||8.7||3||Posey, Buster 2745||ca 1b||sf nl||8.5|
|4||Bruce, Jay 2453||rf||cle al||8.0||4||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||8.2|
|5||Andrus, Elvis 2582||ss||tex al||7.5||5||Parra, Gerardo 2746||rf lf||col nl||8.0|
|6||Upton, Justin 2411||lf||det al||7.5||6||Murphy, Daniel 2589||2b||dc nl||7.5|
|7||Sano, Miguel 3527||3b||min al||7.5||7||McCutchen, Andrew 2637||cf||pit nl||7.0|
|8||Mancini, Trey 3766||lf 1b||bal al||7.2||8||Stanton, Giancarlo 2737||rf||fla nl||7.0|
|9||Reddick, Josh 2936||rf lf cf||hou al||7.0||9||Harper, Bryce 3011||rf||dc nl||7.0|
|10||Iglesias, Jose 3532||ss||det al||7.0||10||Grichuk, Randal 3474||rf||stl nl||7.0|
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw remains atop Box-Toppers weekly player rankings for the 14th straight week, despite being on the disabled list since July 24.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Aug. 17:
|1||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||22.1|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||22.0|
|3||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||21.1|
|4||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||15.4|
|5||Santana, Ervin 2005||pi sp||min al||14.4|
|6||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy nl||14.1|
|7||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||14.0|
|8||Wood, Alex 3246||pi sp||lad nl||14.0|
|9||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||13.7|
|10||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||13.4|
Meanwhile, Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs takes the lead among National League batters in Box-Toppers points, passing last week’s leader Buster Posey of the Giants.
Kershaw has 22.1 Box-Toppers points though the games of Thursday, Aug. 17, earning no points in the previous week. He leads second-place player, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (22.0 Box-Toppers points). Kershaw also leads Scherzer among National League pitchers.
Kershaw could be out until 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).
Here are the leaders in other key categories:
National League batters—Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs took the lead this week with 10.5 Box-Toppers points, passing previous leader Buster Posey of the Giants (8.5), who falls to third, behind Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers (8.7). Rizzo ranks 15th among all players.
American League pitchers—Chris Sale of the Red Sox maintains his lead with 21.1 Box-Toppers points, earning 2.0 points in the past week. He leads second-place AL pitcher Ervin Santana of the Twins (14.4). Sale ranks third among all players, behind Kershaw (22.1) and Scherzer (22.0).
American League batters—Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians maintains his lead with 11.1 Box-Toppers points, earning 1.7 points in the past week. He leads second-place AL batter Aaron Judge of the Yankees (9.2). Encarnacion ranks 14th among all players.
Yankees pitcher Luis Severino and Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco rose onto Box-Toppers overall top 10 players list since last week. Sererino (14.1 points) rises to sixth and Carrasco (13.4) rises to 10th. They displace two players who fell from the top 10—Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (12.7), who falls to 11th and Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (12.4), who falls to 12th.
So far this season, 673 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 336 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 129 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. Eight 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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