Nationals' Max Scherzer rises to lead Box-Toppers player rankings

Here are the top 10 players by category (AL & NL pitching & batting) in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of May 17.

1 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 10.7 1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 11.4
2 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.0 2 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
3 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 8.4 3 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 6.7
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 7.7 4 Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 5.7
5 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 6.7 5 Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 5.7
6 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 5.7 6 Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 5.4
7 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 5.7 7 Ross, Tyson 2840 pi sp sd nl 5.0
8 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 5.0 8 Hader, Josh 3881 pi cp mil nl 4.7
9 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 4.7 9 Newcomb, Sean 3831 pi sp atl nl 4.7
10 McCullers, Lance 3488 pi sp hou al 4.7 10 Velasquez, Vince 3611 pi sp phi nl 4.7
1 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 5.2 1 Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 5.0
2 Davidson, Matt 3292 dh 1b 3b chi al 5.2 2 Suarez, Eugenio 3355 3b cin nl 4.0
3 Mazara, Nomar 3614 rf tex al 5.0 3 Shaw, Travis 3544 3b mil nl 3.5
4 Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf bos al 4.0 4 Hundley, Nick 2497 ca ph sf nl 3.5
5 Solarte, Yangervis 3304 3b 2b 1b tor al 3.7 5 Crawford, Brandon 2878 ss sf nl 3.5
6 Ramirez, Hanley 2119 1b dh bos al 3.5 6 Harper, Bryce 3011 rf dc nl 3.0
7 Sano, Miguel 3527 3b min al 3.0 7 Adams, Matt 3220 1b dc nl 3.0
8 Upton, Justin 2411 lf ana al 3.0 8 Pollock, A.J. 3142 cf ari nl 3.0
9 Lindor, Francisco 3586 ss cle al 3.0 9 Peralta, David 3370 lf ari nl 3.0
10 Seager, Kyle 3031 3b sea al 3.0 10 Blackmon, Charlie 2891 cf col nl 2.5
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Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer rises to lead Box-Toppers season player rankings, passing the leader for the previous two weeks, Yankees pitcher Luis Severino.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of May 17:    

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 11.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 10.7
3 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 10.0
4 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 8.4
5 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 7.7
6 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 7.0
7 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 6.7
8 Happ, J.A. 2536 pi sp tor al 6.7
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 5.7
10 Manaea, Sean 3637 pi sp oak al 5.7
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Meanwhile, Severino continues to lead American League pitchers for the fourth straight week, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox continues to lead AL batters for the fourth straight week and Freddie Freeman of the Braves rises to lead National League batters.

Scherzer has 11.4 Box-Toppers points to lead all players, picking up 2.0 points in the past week, rising from third place last week to pass last week’s leader Severino, who falls to second place. Scherzer also leads NL pitchers, ahead of second-place Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks, who ranks sixth overall with 7.0 Box-Toppers points.

American League pitchers—Severino has 10.7 Box-Toppers points, earning no points in the past week. While he still continues to lead AL pitchers—ahead of second-place Gerrit Cole of the Astros (10.0), he falls to second place overall. 

American League batters—Betts of the Red Sox leads AL batters with 5.2 Box-Toppers points, picking up no points in the past week. He ranks 15th among all players. Betts leads second-place AL batter Matt Davidson of the White Sox (5.2). (Though both have 5.2 points, Betts ranks higher because he has more 2017 Box-Toppers points—6.0 vs. 3.0.)

National League batters—Freddie Freeman of the Braves rises from second place among NL batters last week to first this week with 5.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 1.0 point in the past week. Freeman ranks 19th among all players. He passes last week’s leader Eugenio Suarez of the Reds (4.0), who falls to second among NL batters.

So far this season (through the games of May 17), 373 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 114 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 40 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season (including two in the past week) the first time in their career they earned Player of the Game honors.

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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Last week’s player rankings report