The Houston Astros regain top spot in Box-Toppers team rankings, passing the New York Yankees, the top team last week.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers 2018 season team rankings, through the games of Thursday, June 14. The column BTP shows the number of Box-Toppers points players on the team accumulated this season. The column BTP/wk shows have many points teams accumulated from June 8 to 14. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of June 7.
Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals maintain their lead among National League teams and the Arizona Diamondbacks are the week’s hottest team.
Astros players have accumulated 58.2 Box-Toppers points through the games of June 14, picking up 7.0 points in the past week, rising from second place last week. The Astros have baseball’s third-best winning percentage (.643), behind the Yankees (.688) and the Boston Red Sox (.686). The Yankees fall to second in Box-Toppers team rankings (55.4 Box-Toppers points) while the Red Sox rise from fifth to fourth place (51.3 points).
The Astros are led by pitcher Gerrit Cole with 11.0 Box-Toppers points, who ranks fifth among all players. There are three Astros pitchers among the top 10-ranked American League pitchers—Cole is ranked fourth, Charlie Morton (10.1 points) is ranked fifth and Justin Verlander (8.7 points) is ranked eighth. George Springer leads Astros batters with 3.5 Box-Toppers points, 14th among AL batters. Fifteen different Astros players have earned Player of the Game honors so far this season.
The Nationals top NL teams for the fifth straight week with 50.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 2.5 points over the past week, falling from fourth to fifth place overall.
Top player for the Nationals is pitcher Max Scherzer, who leads all players with 15.4 Box-Toppers points. Outfielder Bryce Harper leads Nationals batters with 3.0 points, 14th among NL batters. Fourteen different Nationals players have earned Box-Toppers points so far in 2018.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the past week’s hottest team, picking up 8.0 Box-Toppers points in the past week and rising four spots—most of any team this week—from 13th to ninth place in team rankings with 46.5 points.
The Los Angeles Angels had the biggest decline of any team in the past week, dropping four spots from eighth to 12th place with 43.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up 2.0 points in the past week.
The New York Mets had a net loss of -0.5 Box-Toppers points due to their release this week of Adrian Gonzalez, who had earned 2.5 Box-Toppers points this season.
The Baltimore Orioles slide from 28th to 30th and last place in Box-Toppers team rankings with 23.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up no points in the past week. Last week’s lowest-ranked team, the Chicago White Sox, rise to 28th place with 26.4 Box-Toppers points, picking up 4.0 points 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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