|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||17.1||1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||20.1|
|2||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||16.7||2||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||14.4|
|3||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||16.1||3||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||ari nl||12.0|
|4||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||16.0||4||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||ari nl||12.0|
|5||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||14.4||5||Pivetta, Nick 3825||pi sp||phi nl||10.7|
|6||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||14.0||6||Teheran, Julio 3176||pi sp||atl nl||9.7|
|7||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||hou al||12.8||7||Chacin, Jhoulys 2711||pi sp||mil nl||9.0|
|8||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||12.7||8||Maeda, Kenta 3609||pi sp||lad nl||8.7|
|9||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cle al||12.1||9||Gray, Jon 3634||pi sp||col nl||8.7|
|10||Kluber, Corey 3200||pi sp||cle al||11.7||10||Foltynewicz, Mike 3455||pi sp||atl nl||8.7|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Martinez, J.D. 2922||lf dh rf||bos al||8.5||1||Suarez, Eugenio 3355||3b||cin nl||7.5|
|2||Lindor, Francisco 3586||ss||cle al||7.9||2||Crawford, Brandon 2878||ss||sf nl||7.5|
|3||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||7.2||3||Freeman, Freddie 2887||1b||atl nl||6.5|
|4||Healy, Ryon 3685||1b||sea al||7.0||4||Anderson, Brian W. 3954||rf||fla nl||6.5|
|5||Mazara, Nomar 3614||rf||tex al||7.0||5||Baez, Javier 3395||2b ss 3b||chi nl||6.0|
|6||Encarnacion, Edwin 2098||dh||cle al||6.5||6||Reynolds, Mark 2297||1b 3b||dc nl||6.0|
|7||Rosario, Eddie 3542||lf||min al||6.5||7||Martinez, Jose 3830||1b||stl nl||6.0|
|8||Choo, Shin-Soo 2267||dh||tex al||6.5||8||Gonzalez, Carlos 2460||rf||col nl||5.5|
|9||Haniger, Mitch 3772||rf||sea al||6.5||9||Realmuto, J.T. 3491||ca||fla nl||5.5|
|10||Kinsler, Ian 2144||2b||bos al||6.0||10||Peralta, David 3370||lf||ari nl||5.5|
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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. 2:
|1||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||20.1|
|2||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||17.1|
|3||Severino, Luis 3567||pi sp||nyy al||16.7|
|4||Berrios, Jose 3791||pi sp||min al||16.1|
|5||Paxton, James 3280||pi sp||sea al||16.0|
|6||Nola, Aaron 3569||pi sp||phi nl||14.4|
|7||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||14.4|
|8||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||14.0|
|9||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||hou al||12.8|
|10||Snell, Blake 3688||pi sp||tb al||12.7|
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Meanwhile, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale rises to lead American League players in Box-Toppers points, also passing Severino. Both players leading their league’s batters in Box-Toppers points remain the same—J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox leads the American League and Eugenio Suarez of the Reds leads the National League.
Scherzer took the lead from Severino on July 27 after the Yankees pitcher held it for 26 days. Scherzer now has 20.1 Box-Toppers points on the season, picking up 3.7 points in the past week. He leads over second-place player Sale (17.1 points). Severino falls to third place with 16.7 points.
National League pitchers—In addition to leading all players, Scherzer also leads NL pitchers for the 13th straight week, 6.7 points ahead of second-place player Aaron Nola of the Phillies (14.4), who ranks sixth overall.
American League pitcher—Sale ended Severino’s 13-week stay atop AL pitching rankings with 17.1 Box-Toppers points. Sale ranks second overall and leads Severino (16.7) by 0.4 points. Sale picked up 1.7 points in the past week.
American League batters—Martinez (8.5 points) leads the category for the fifth week in a row, picking up no points since last week. He leads second-place player Francisco Lindor of the Indians (7.9 points). Martinez ranks 30th among all players.
National League batters—Suarez (7.5 points) leads the category for the 10th week in a row, picking up no points in the past week. He leads second-place player Brandon Crawford of the Giants (7.5). Though both Suarez and Crawford have 7.5 Box-Toppers points for the season, Suarez ranks ahead because he had more 2017 Box-Toppers points—3.5 vs. 1.7. Suarez ranks 43rd among all players.
So far this season, 615 different players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 308 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 114 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season (including seven 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.