Martinez, Greinke, Pederson among players rising into Box-Toppers’ All-Star teams in past week

Here are Box-Toppers points leaders by position and by league for the current season (2018) and for this season and last season (2017-18) as of June 28. The top three outfielders and top four starting pitchers (SP) in each league over both time periods are shown. Also shown is closing pitcher (CP) with the most Box-Toppers points in each league over both time periods.  

2018 leaders 2017-18 leaders
AL players Team BTP Pos AL players Team BTP
Davidson, Matt 3292 chi al 5.2 1B Healy, Ryon 3685 sea al 12.2
Altuve, Jose 3007 hou al 3.5 2B Odor, Rougned 3336 tex al 9.7
Segura, Jean 3173 sea al 5.0 SS Andrus, Elvis 2582 tex al 11.0
Solarte, Yangervis 3304 tor al 5.2 3B Sano, Miguel 3527 min al 11.5
Sanchez, Gary 3701 nyy al 4.0 CA Perez, Salvador 2972 kc al 8.5
Mazara, Nomar 3614 tex al 7.0 OF Stanton, Giancarlo 2737 nyy al 17.2
Rosario, Eddie 3542 min al 6.5 OF Judge, Aaron 3767 nyy al 15.2
Haniger, Mitch 3772 sea al 6.5 OF Rosario, Eddie 3542 min al 12.7
Martinez, J.D. 2922 bos al 7.0 DH Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 cle al 17.1
Severino, Luis 3567 nyy al 15.7 SP Severino, Luis 3567 nyy al 36.8
Berrios, Jose 3791 min al 13.4 SP Sale, Chris 2806 bos al 33.8
Paxton, James 3280 sea al 12.0 SP Kluber, Corey 3200 cle al 32.7
Cole, Gerrit 3232 hou al 12.0 SP Carrasco, Carlos 2885 cle al 29.5
Trivino, Lou 3939 oak al 6.0 CP Diaz, Edwin 3690 sea al 13.0
NL players Team BTP Pos NL players Team BTP
Freeman, Freddie 2887 atl nl 6.5 1B Rizzo, Anthony 3063 chi nl 19.0
Descalso, Daniel 2855 ari nl 4.0 2B Gennett, Scooter 3254 cin nl 14.2
Crawford, Brandon 2878 sf nl 7.5 SS Crawford, Brandon 2878 sf nl 9.2
Suarez, Eugenio 3355 cin nl 7.5 3B Shaw, Travis 3544 col nl 13.0
Realmuto, J.T. 3491 fla nl 4.0 CA Posey, Buster 2745 sf nl 9.5
Pederson, Joc 3621 lad nl 5.0 OF Bruce, Jay 2453 nym nl 11.5
Anderson, Brian W. 3954 fla nl 5.0 OF McCutchen, Andrew 2637 sf nl 11.0
Peralta, David 3370 ari nl 4.5 OF Harper, Bryce 3011 dc nl 10.0
Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 16.4 SP Scherzer, Max 2588 dc nl 41.4
Nola, Aaron 3569 phi nl 11.4 SP Strasburg, Stephen 2736 dc nl 27.2
Corbin, Patrick 3027 ari nl 11.0 SP Nola, Aaron 3569 phi nl 27.2
Pivetta, Nick 3825 phi nl 9.7 SP Greinke, Zack 1871 ari nl 27.1
Hand, Brad 2907 sd nl 6.0 CP Doolittle, Sean 3052 dc nl 11.0
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J.D. Martinez, Zack Greinke and Joc Pederson are among the players rising into Box-Toppers’ All-Star teams in the past week.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of June 28:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 16.4
2 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 15.7
3 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 13.4
4 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 12.0
5 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 12.0
6 Morton, Charlie 2503 pi sp hou al 11.8
7 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 11.0
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 10.7
9 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 10.4
10 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 10.0
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With Major League All-Star voting underway, here is a look at who is leading at Box-Toppers points at each position in both leagues.

Actually, because the 2018 season so far is a relatively small sample size, we’ll also look at top players since the start of the 2017 season.

Here are the changes to the teams since last week:

  • J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox rises to the designated hitter spot on the American League All-Star team for the 2018 season with 7.0 Box-Toppers points. He displaces Evan Gattis of the Astros (4.5 points in 2018).

  • Lou Trivino of the Athletics rises to the closing pitcher spot on the 2018 AL All-Star team with 6.0 Box-Toppers points, displacing Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox (4.0 points). (While Trivino is primarily a middle relief pitcher he has earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors twice this season as a closer.)

  • Joc Pederson of the Dodgers rises to the top outfield spot on the 2018 National League All-Star team with 5.0 Box-Toppers points, displacing Kyle Schwarber of the Cubs (4.0 points).

  • Edwin Diaz of the Mariners rises to the closing pitcher spot on the AL All-Star team for the combined 2017-18 seasons with 13.0 points over that period. He displaces Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox (12.7 points).

  • Brandon Crawford of the Giants rises to the shortstop spot on the 2017-18 NL All-Star team with 9.2 Box-Toppers points, displacing Corey Seager of the Dodgers (8.0 points). Crawford also occupies the shortstop spot on the 2018 NL All-Star team with 7.5 points this season.

  • Zack Greinke of the Diamondbacks rises to the third starting pitching spot on the 2017-18 NL All-Star team with 27.1 Box-Toppers points. He displaces Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers (26.1 points).

  • Sean Doolittle of the Nationals rises to the closing pitcher spot on the 2017-18 NL All-Star team, displacing Brad Hand of the Padres (10.7 points). Hand still holds the closing pitcher spot on the 2018 NL All-Star team with 6.0 Box-Toppers points.

Max Scherzer of the Nationals continues to lead all players in both 2018 and combined 2017-18 Box-Toppers points. Scherzer’s 16.4 points in 2018 and 41.4 points over 2017-18 also leads all National League pitchers.

The chart above shows the leaders in Box-Toppers points by position over the two time periods—the 2018 season and the combined 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The Box-Toppers National League team has 13 positions—the customary five infield spots, three for outfield, four for starting pitchers plus one spot for closing pitcher. The Box-Toppers American League team has 14 spots with the addition of the designated hitter.

There are two AL players who occupy All-Star spots at their positions for both 2018 and 2017-18:

There are three NL players who occupy All-Star spots at their positions for both 2018 and 2017-18:

  • Shortstop—Brandon Crawford, Giants

  • Starting pitchers—Max Scherzer, Nationals and Aaron Nola, Phillies

The Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks have three players each among Box-Toppers’ 2018 All-Stars. The Washington Nationals have the most players—four—among the 2017-18 All-Stars. The New York Yankees have the most players among AL teams among the 2017-18 All-Stars, three.

Voting closes July 5. The All-Star Game is July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington.

Though Box-Toppers lists pitchers here, fans do not elect pitchers to the All-Star teams.

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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