|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||20.1||1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||21.1|
|2||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||16.7||2||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||18.1|
|3||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||16.1||3||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||ari nl||15.0|
|4||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||16.0||4||deGrom, Jacob 3343||pi sp||nym nl||12.8|
|5||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||16.0||5||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||12.0|
|6||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||15.4||6||Chacin, Jhoulys 2711||pi sp||mil nl||11.7|
|7||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||15.4||7||Pivetta, Nick 3825||pi sp||phi nl||11.7|
|8||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||15.1||8||Flaherty, Jack 3971||pi sp||stl nl||11.4|
|9||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||14.7||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|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|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||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||6.0|
|10||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||cle al||6.5||10||Polanco, Gregory 3361||rf||pit 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.)
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Aug. 23:
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||21.1|
|2||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||20.1|
|3||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||18.1|
|4||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||16.7|
|5||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||16.1|
|6||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||16.0|
|7||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||16.0|
|8||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||15.4|
|9||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||15.4|
|10||Carrasco, Carlos 2885||pi sp||cle al||15.1|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
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.
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, passing Sale, who has 20.1. Last week, both Sale and Scherzer had 20.1 Box-Toppers points, with Sale holding a razor-thin edge with a tiebreaker—he had more 2017 Box-Toppers points than Scherzer, 25.1 vs. 25.0.
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, 3.0 points ahead of second-place Aaron Nola of the Phillies (18.1). Nola earned 3.7 points in the past week, rising from 10th place last week to third place overall.
American League pitchers—Sale leads the category for the fourth week with 20.1 points, picking up no points in the past week. He leads second-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.
Two players rise into the overall top 10 rankings since last week:
Rays pitcher Blake Snell rises to ninth place with 15.4 points.
Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco rises to 10th place with 15.1 points.
Two players fall from the overall top 10 rankings since last week:
Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin falls from eighth to 11th place with 15.0 points.
Indians pitcher Corey Kluber falls from ninth to 12th place with 14.7 points.
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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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.