Nationals' Scherzer passes Kershaw to take Box-Toppers weekly player rankings lead

Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Aug. 31.


AL PITCHERS POS TEAM BTP NL PITCHERS POS TEAM BTP
1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 22.1 1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.0
2 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 15.1 2 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 22.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 15.1 3 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 17.1
4 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 15.0 4 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 16.1
5 Santana, Efrvin 2005 pi sp min al 14.4 5 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 14.7
6 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 13.7 6 Wood, Alex 3246 pi sp lad nl 14.0
7 Tanaka, Masahiro 3305 pi sp nyy al 9.4 7 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 12.8
8 McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 9.4 8 Quintana, Jose 3040 pi sp chi nl 12.0
9 Bundy, Dylan 3655 pi sp bal al 9.4 9 Ray, Robbie 3502 pi sp ari nl 12.0
10 Gausman, Kevin 3191 pi sp bal al 9.1 10 Nelson, Jimmy 3299 pi sp mil nl 11.0
AL BATTERS POS TEAM BTP NL BATTERS POS TEAM BTP
1 Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh 1b cle al 12.1 1 Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 13.0
2 Healy, Ryon 3685 dh 1b oak al 9.7 2 Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 rf fla nl 10.0
3 Judge, Aaron 3767 rf nyy al 9.2 3 Gennett, Scooter 3254 2b cin nl 9.7
4 Bruce, Jay 2453 rf cle al 9.0 4 Bellinger, Cody 3781 1b rf lf lad nl 8.7
5 Sano, Miguel 3527 3b min al 8.5 5 Posey, Buster 2745 ca 1b sf nl 8.5
6 Iglesias, Jose 3532 ss det al 8.0 6 Arenado, Nolan 3306 3b col nl 8.2
7 Andrus, Elvis 2582 ss tex al 7.5 7 Parra, Gerardo 2746 rf lf col nl 8.0
8 Hosmer, Eric 2886 1b kc al 7.5 8 Grichuk, Randal 3474 rf stl nl 8.0
9 Upton, Justin 2411 lf ana al 7.5 9 Murphy, Daniel 2589 2b dc nl 7.5
10 Mancini, Trey 3766 lf 1b bal al 7.2 10 Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b ari nl 7.4
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Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2017 season as of Aug. 31:  


Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.0
2 Kershaw, Clayton 2494 pi sp lad nl 22.1
3 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 22.1
4 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 17.1
5 Strasburg, Stephen 2736 pi sp dc nl 16.1
6 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 15.1
7 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 15.1
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 15.0
9 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 14.7
10 Santana, Ervin 2005 pi sp min al 14.4
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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer took the lead in season Box-Toppers player rankings this week, passing previous leader Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who had led since mid-May.

Scherzer now has 23.0 Box-Toppers points in 2017, ahead of Kershaw’s 22.1. But Kershaw returns from five weeks on the disabled list Friday and could quickly regain the lead if he earns Player of the Game honors.

Scherzer also is the new leader among National League pitchers. All other category leaders remain the same:

American League pitchers—Chris Sale of the Red Sox maintains his lead with 22.1 Box-Toppers points, earning 1.0 point in the past week. He leads second-place AL pitcher Carlos Carrasco of the Yankees (15.1). Sale ranks third among all players, behind Scherzer (23.0) and Kershaw (22.1).

National League batters—Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs maintains his lead with 13.0 Box-Toppers points, earning 1.5 point in the past week. He leads second-place NL batter Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins (10.0). Rizzo ranks 13th among all players.

American League batters—Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians maintains his lead with 12.1 Box-Toppers points, earning 1.0 points in the past week. He leads second-place AL batter Ryon Healy of the Athletics (9.7). Encarnacion ranks 15th among all players.

Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco and Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom rose into the top 10 since last week. Carrasco (15.1 points) rises to sixth and deGrom (14.7) rises to ninth. Two players were displaced from the top 10 with their rise—Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood (14.0) falls to 11th and Mariners pitcher James Paxton (13.7) falls to 12th.

So far this season, 706 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 364 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 146 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. Seven 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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