|American League||National League|
|CA||Salvador Pérez*||Royals||1.0||392||CA||Wilson Contreras||Cubs||4.0||129|
|1B||Jose Abreu||White Sox||4.0||141||1B||Freddie Freeman||Braves||6.5||48|
|2B||José Altuve||Astros||3.5||174||2B||Javier Baez||Cubs||6.0||61|
|3B||José Ramírez||Indians||4.0||118||3B||Nolan Arenado||Rockies||5.0||86|
|SS||Manny Machado||Orioles||4.0||124||SS||Brandon Crawford||Giants||7.5||35|
|OF||Mookie Betts||Red Sox||7.2||36||OF||Nick Markakis||Braves||0.0||697|
|OF||Mike Trout||Angels||5.5||75||OF||Matt Kemp||Dodgers||4.5||111|
|OF||Aaron Judge||Yankees||4.0||116||OF||Bryce Harper||Nationals||3.0||183|
|DH||J.D. Martinez||Red Sox||8.5||25|
|CA||Yan Gomes||Indians||1.5||368||CA||Yadier Molina||Cardinals||2.0||286|
|CA||Wilson Ramos#||Rays||4.0||134||CA||Buster Posey#||Giants||0.0||585|
|1B||Mitch Moreland||Red Sox||3.5||168||CA||J.T. Realmuto||Marlins||4.0||132|
|2B||Gleyber Torres#||Yankees||1.5||384||1B||Jesus Aguilar||Brewers||4.5||110|
|2B||Jed Lowrie||Athletics||1.0||404||1B||Paul Goldschmidt||Dbacks||4.5||108|
|3B||Alex Bregman||Astros||3.5||173||1B||Joey Votto||Reds||0.0||636|
|SS||Francisco Lindor||Indians||7.9||29||2B||Ozzie Albies||Braves||2.0||345|
|SS||Jean Segura||Mariners||5.0||96||2B||Scooter Gennett||Reds||3.5||161|
|OF||Michael Brantley||Indians||0.0||1042||3B||Eugenio Suarez||Reds||7.5||34|
|OF||Shin-Shoo Choo||Rangers||5.0||88||SS||Trevor Story||Rockies||2.5||256|
|OF||Mitch Haniger||Mariners||6.5||47||OF||Charlie Blackmon||Rockies||2.5||243|
|OF||George Springer||Astros||3.5||167||OF||Lorenzo Cain||Brewers||2.5||244|
|OF||Nelson Cruz||Mariners||1.5||367||OF||Christian Yelich||Brewers||5.0||90|
|SP||Trevor Bauer||Indians||10.4||14||SP||Patrick Corbin||Dbacks||11.0||11|
|SP||Jose Berrios||Twins||15.1||3||SP||Jacob deGrom||Mets||8.4||26|
|CP||Aroldis Chapman#||Yankees||4.0||140||CP||Sean Doolittle#||Nationals||5.0||89|
|SP||Gerrit Cole||Astros||13.0||7||SP||Mike Foltynewicz||Braves||8.7||23|
|CP||Edwin Diaz||Mariners||4.0||120||SP||Zack Greinke||Dbacks||9.0||20|
|SP||J.A. Happ||Blue Jays||8.7||22||CP||Josh Hader||Brewers||5.7||69|
|CP||Joe Jimenez||Tigers||1.0||559||CP||Brad Hand||Padres||6.0||63|
|CP||Craig Kimbrel||Red Sox||6.0||59||CP||Kenley Jansen||Dodgers||1.0||394|
|SP||Corey Kluber#||Indians||10.7||12||CP||Jeremy Jeffress||Brewers||2.0||336|
|SP||Charlie Morton||Astros||11.8||10||SP||Jon Lester#||Cubs||5.7||67|
|SP||Chris Sale||Red Sox||14.7||4||SP||Miles Mikolas#||Cardinals||7.7||33|
|SP||Luis Severino||Yankees||16.7||1||SP||Aaron Nola||Phillies||13.4||6|
|SP||Blake Snell||Rays||12.7||8||SP||Max Scherzer||Nationals||16.4||2|
|CP||Blake Treinen||Athletics||5.0||98||SP||Ross Stripling||Dodgers||8.7||24|
|SP||Justin Verlander#||Astros||12.4||9||CP||Felipe Vazquez||Pirates||5.0||93|
|Worthy but unchosen||Worthy but unchosen|
|SP||James Paxton||Mariners||14.0||5||SP||Nick Pivetta||Phillies||9.7||17|
|OF||Nomar Mazara||Rangers||7.0||37||OF||Brian Anderson||Marlins||6.5||49|
|CP||Lou Trivino||Athletics||7.0||39||OF||David Peralta||Dbacks||5.5||76|
|DH||Edwin Encarnacion||Indians||6.5||45||OF||Jesse Winker||Reds||5.5||78|
|3B||Yangervis Solarte||Blue Jays||5.2||83|
* Player selected as roster replacement
(This post was edited Thursday, November 22, 2018, 2018, to correct an error in the Box-Toppers point total of Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom. During the 2018 season, an extra, unearned point was added to his total. There is more information about this at the bottom of the post.)
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of July 15:
|1||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||16.7|
|2||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||16.4|
|3||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||15.1|
|4||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||14.7|
|5||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||14.0|
|6||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||13.4|
|7||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||13.0|
|8||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||12.7|
|9||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||12.4|
|10||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||hou al||11.8|
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Mariners pitcher James Paxton is the most deserving player not selected to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star teams.
Paxton has 14.0 Box-Toppers points in 2018, fifth among all players and fourth among American League pitchers.
However, even if Paxton were selected, he likely would not have been able to play. He went on the 10-day disabled list Friday, July 13, with lower back inflammation.
Paxton, who pitched a no-hitter May 8, ranks ahead of several AL starting pitchers selected for the All-Star team in Box-Toppers season player rankings, including:
Gerrit Cole of the Astros, 13.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked seventh.
Blake Snell of the Rays, 12.7 points, ranked eighth.
Justin Verlander of the Astros, 12.4 points, ranked ninth.
Charlie Morton of the Astros, 11.8 points, ranked 10th.
Corey Kluber of the Indians, 10.7 points, ranked 12th. (However, Kluber ranks third among AL pitchers over 2017-18 with 32.7 Box-Toppers points.)
Trevor Bauer of the Indians, 10.4 points, ranked 14th.
J.A. Happ of the Blue Jays, 8.7 points, ranked 22rd.
Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta is the most deserving player not selected to the 2018 National League All-Star team. Pivetta has 9.7 Box-Toppers points in 2018, 17th among all players and fourth among NL pitchers.
Pivetta ranks ahead of several NL starting pitchers selected for the All-Star team in Box-Toppers season player rankings, including:
Zack Greinke of the Diamondbacks, 9.0 points ranked 20th.
Mike Foltynewicz of the Braves, 8.7 points, ranked 23rd.
Ross Stripling of the Dodgers, 8.7 points, ranked 24th.
Jacob deGrom of the Mets, 8.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked 26th.
Miles Mikolas of the Phillies, 7.7 points, ranked 33rd.
Jon Lester of the Cubs, 5.7 points, ranked 67th.
Nomar Mazara of the Rangers is Box-Toppers’ highest-ranked AL batter not selected for the All-Star team. Mazara has 7.0 Box-Toppers points, 37th among all players and fourth among AL batters, third among AL outfielders. He ranks ahead of AL All-Star starting outfielders Mike Trout of the Angels (5.5 points) and Aaron Judge of the Yankees (4.0 points). Since the start of 2017, Mazara has 12.0 Box-Toppers points, sixth among AL outfielders, which is less than Judge has over the same period (15.2) but still more than Trout (10.5).
Brian Anderson of the Marlins is Box-Toppers’ highest-ranked NL batter not selected for the All-Star team. Anderson has 6.5 Box-Toppers points, 49th among all players, fourth among NL batters and first among NL outfielders. He outranks all outfielders selected for the NL All-Star team, including the three starters: Nick Markakis of the Braves (0.0 points), Matt Kemp of the Dodgers (4.5 points) and Bryce Harper of the Nationals (3.0 points).
Ryon Healy of the Mariners, who was Box-Toppers’ most worthy but unchosen player for the 2017 All-Star teams was also not chosen to the team in 2018 despite his worthiness. His 5.5 Box-Toppers points in 2018 ranks eighth among AL batters and first among AL first basemen. Last year, he was not chosen to the All-Star team despite leading all AL batters at the All-Star break (when he was with the Athletics)with 8.7 Box-Toppers points.
Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians was also one of the most worthy and unchosen for the All-Star Game for the second straight year. In 2017, Encarnacion ranked third among AL batters with 7.9 Box-Toppers points, but did not make the AL All-Stars. This year, he has 6.5 points and ranks fifth among AL batters, but second among designated hitters behind overall AL leader J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox (8.5). Encarnacion led AL batters in 2017 points (12.1).
Also among Box-Toppers’ worthy and unchosen for the All-Star Game are Lou Trivino of the Athletics, who leads AL closing pitchers in Box-Toppers points (7.0); Yangervis Solarte of the Blue Jays, who leads AL third basemen (5.2); David Peralta of the Diamondbacks, who ranks second among NL outfielders (5.5); and Jesse Winker of the Reds, who ranks third among NL outfielders (5.5).
One player in the All-Star starting line-up has no Box-Toppers points for 2018—outfielder Nick Markakis of the Braves. However, Markakias had 2.5 points in 2017, his 12th straight season earning points, and has 49.6 career points, eighth among active NL outfielders.
Three other players selected as reserves also have no Box-Toppers points in 2018:
Buster Posey of the Giants. However, Posey had 9.5 points in 2017—his best season—and ranked fourth among NL batters, first among NL catchers.
Joey Votto of the Reds. However, Votto had 4.0 points in 2017, has had as many as 11.0 points in a season (in 2008) and has 68.2 career points, first among active NL first basemen.
Michael Brantley of the Indians. Brantley last earned a Box-Toppers point May 5, 2016, and has just that 1.0 point over the past three seasons. His best year was 2013, when he had 6.7 points, seventh among AL outfielders. He has 21.4 career points since 2010.
Players leading each league’s batters and pitchers in Box-Toppers points all made the All-Star teams for 2018:
Luis Severino of the Yankees, who leads all players with 16.7 Box-Toppers points, is on the AL All-Star roster. However, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale is the game’s starter for the AL. Sale has 14.7 points, fourth among all players and third among AL pitchers, behind Severino and Jose Berrios of the Twins (15.1). However, Sale led all players in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 25.1.
Max Scherzer of the Nationals, who leads all NL players with 16.4 Box-Toppers points, second overall, is on the NL All-Star roster and will start for the NL. Scherzer also led all NL pitchers in Box-Toppers points in 2017 with 25.0.
J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox, who leads all AL batters with 8.5 Box-Toppers points, 26th overall, is starting designated hitter on the AL All-Star roster.
Eugenio Suarez of the Reds, who leads all NL batters with 7.5 Box-Toppers points, 34th overall, is on the NL All-Star team as a reserve second baseman.
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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NOTE ABOUT JACOB DEGROM: After this post was published, Box-Toppers discovered an error: Jacob deGrom was credited with 1.0 more Box-Toppers point than he actually earned in 2018. This post has been changed to include deGrom’s actual Box-Toppers point total and player ranking position at the time of this post. Subtracting a point from deGrom’s season total meant he had 16.8 Box-Toppers points, rather than 17.8. Despite the change, he still finished third among National League pitchers. However, the change moves him from ninth place to 12th place in overall season player rankings, moving him out of the top 10 and keeping Yankees pitcher Luis Severino (17.7 points) in the top 10 for the season, in 10th place.
This is made all the more odd and awkward because the error was discovered while compiling the post about deGrom winning the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, Nov. 14. deGrom was the near-unanimous choice for the award, but even with his higher, incorrect Box-Toppers point total (17.8), Box-Toppers had him ranked third among NL pitchers, needing nearly 50 percent more points to catch the NL pitching leader, Max Scherzer of the Nationals (25.1).
My post was about how Scherzer was more deserving of the award than the widely acclaimed deGrom because Scherzer actually helped his team win more games. Despite deGrom’s great performances, the Mets lost most of the games he pitched. Since winning is the name of the game and since Box-Toppers points are only awarded in wins, deGrom’s point total was far lower—but it was still remarkable, given all the losses, that he reached as high as third place among NL pitchers. While writing about how deGrom wasn’t as deserving of the award, I found the error (the extra point), and correcting the record (subtracting the point), I found he was even more undeserving.
Tracking who most helps their teams win the most games, based on box score stats. A method to measure & compare baseball's top players.
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. Players earn Box-Toppers points 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.