Nationals’ Max Scherzer maintains lead in Box-Toppers season 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 Aug. 23.

1 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 19.1 1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 21.1
2 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 17.1 2 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 19.1
3 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7 3 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 15.0
4 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1 4 deGrom, Jacob 3343 pi sp nym nl 12.8
5 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0 5 Greinke, Zack 1871 pi sp ari nl 12.0
6 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 16.0 6 Chacin, Jhoulys 2711 pi sp mil nl 11.7
7 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4 7 Pivetta, Nick 3825 pi sp phi nl 11.7
8 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 14.7 8 Flaherty, Jack 3971 pi sp stl nl 11.4
9 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 14.4 9 Teheran, Julio 3176 pi sp atl nl 10.7
10 Bauer, Trevor 3065 pi sp cle al 14.1 10 Gray, Jon 3634 pi sp col nl 10.7
1 Martinez, J.D. 2922 lf dh rf bos al 11.5 1 Peralta, David 3370 lf ari nl 8.5
2 Lindor, Francisco 3586 ss cle al 7.9 2 Goldschmidt, Paul 2935 1b ari nl 7.5
3 Davidson, Matt 3292 3b dh 1b chi al 7.7 3 Suarez, Eugenio 3355 3b cin nl 7.5
4 Odor, Rougned 3336 2b tex al 7.5 4 Crawford, Brandon 2878 ss sf nl 7.5
5 Rosario, Eddie 3542 lf min al 7.5 5 Rizzo, Anthony 3063 1b chi nl 7.0
6 Betts, Mookie 3404 rf bos al 7.2 6 Freeman, Freddie 2887 1b atl nl 6.5
7 Healy, Ryon 3685 1b sea al 7.0 7 Acuña, Ronald Jr. 3947 lf atl nl 6.5
8 Mazara, Nomar 3614 rf tex al 7.0 8 Anderson, Brian W. 3954 rf fla nl 6.5
9 Granderson, Curtis 2051 dh rf tor al 6.7 9 Polanco, Gregory 3361 rf pit nl 6.0
10 Encarnacion, Edwin 2098 dh cle al 6.5 10 Baez, Javier 3395 2b ss 3b chi nl 6.0
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(This post was edited Wednesday, November 21, 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.)

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer maintained top spot in Box-Toppers season player rankings this week.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 23:  

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 21.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 19.1
3 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 19.1
4 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 17.1
5 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 16.7
6 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
7 Paxton, James 3280 pi sp sea al 16.0
8 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 16.0
9 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 15.4
10 Corbin, Patrick 3027 pi sp ari nl 15.0
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Meanwhile, David Peralta of the Diamondbacks is the new leader this week among National League batters in 2018 Box-Toppers points. Leaders in all other categories remain the same:

  • Scherzer still leads NL pitchers.

  • Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale still leads American League pitchers.

  • J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox still leads AL batters.

Scherzer has 21.1 Box-Toppers points on the season, earning 1.0 point in the past week, ahead of second-place Sale (19.1).

National League batters—David Peralta of the Diamondbacks rises to lead NL batters this week with 8.5 Box-Toppers points, passing the category leader for the past 12 weeks, Eugenio Suarez of the Reds (7.5 points), who falls to third this week among NL batters.

Peralta leads over second-place NL batter and teammate Paul Goldschmidt (7.5 points). Peralta ranks 43rd among all players.

National League pitchers—Scherzer maintains his lead among NL pitchers for the 16th straight week, 2.0 points ahead of second-place Aaron Nola of the Phillies (19.1). Nola earned 3.7 points in the past week, rising from eighth place last week to third place overall.

 American League pitchers—Sale leads the category for the fourth week with 19.1 points, picking up no points in the past week. He leads second-place AL pitcher Blake Snell of the Rays (17.1) by 2.0 points and leads third-place AL pitcher Luis Severino of the Yankees (16.7) by 3.4 points. 

American League batters—Martinez (11.5 points, picking up no points in the past week) leads the category for the seventh week in a row. He leads second-place player Francisco Lindor of the Indians (7.9 points). Martinez ranks 21st among all players.

So far this season, 662 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 339 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 133 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season (including eight 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

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.