The Los Angeles Dodgers maintain the lead in Box-Toppers team rankings for the fourth week.
Meanwhile, the Houston Astros regain the lead among American League teams and the Oakland Athletics are the week’s hottest team since the All-Star break.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers 2019 season team rankings, through the games of Thursday, July 18. The column BTP shows the number of Box-Toppers points players on the team accumulated this season. The column BTP/wk shows have many points teams accumulated from July 11 to July 18. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of July 7 at the All-Star break.
Dodgers players have accumulated 76.6 Box-Toppers points, picking up 4.0 points since the last team rankings report on July 7, prior to the All-Star break. The Dodgers have baseball’s second-best winning percentage (.646), behind the New York Yankees (.653), who rank fourth in Box-Toppers team rankings (71.4 Box-Toppers points), behind the Dodgers, the Houston Astros (76.5) and the Tampa Bay Rays (72.3).
While this is the fourth week this season the Dodgers have led team rankings, they have led National League teams now for nine straight weeks.
The Dodgers are led by pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu with 11.7 Box-Toppers points, 10th among all players and sixth among NL pitchers. Top batter is Cody Bellinger (9.2 Box-Toppers points), who ranks 17th among all players and second among NL batters. Twenty-one different Dodgers players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season in the team’s 64 wins.
The Astros maintain the lead among AL teams and maintain their overall second-place ranking with 76.5 accumulated Box-Toppers points, just 0.1 behind the Dodgers, picking up 5.0 Box-Toppers points since the All-Star break a week ago.
The Astros are led by pitcher Justin Verlander, who has 14.8 Box-Toppers points, first among all players and AL pitchers. Top batter is Alex Bregman (7.0 points, first among AL batters). Eighteen different Astros players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season in the team’s 61 wins.
The Oakland Athletics are the week’s hottest team, picking up 10.4 Box-Toppers points since the last team rankings report on July 7. The Athletics rise three spots from ninth to sixth overall with 70.4 points. The Athletics gained 4.7 of those points by acquiring pitcher Homer Bailey from the Royals. Bailey’s 4.7 points this season ranks 41st among AL pitchers.
The Athletics are one of four teams to rise three spots in team rankings this week, the biggest jump among all teams. The others are:
The Boston Red Sox, rising from 13th to 10th place with 64.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up 9.0 points since July 7 (which included acquiring pitcher Andrew Cashner and his 5.0 Box-Toppers points from the Orioles).
The Los Angeles Angels, rising from 22nd to 19th place with 52.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up 6.0 points since July 7.
The New York Mets, rising from 23rd to 20th place with 50.6 Box-Toppers points, picking up 4.2 points since July 7.
The Chicago White Sox experienced the biggest decline in rankings among all teams, falling four spots from 20th to 24th place with 49.4 Box-Toppers points, picking up no points since July 7 and losing all seven games since the All-Star break.
The Baltimore Orioles fall from 29th to 30th and last place in Box-Toppers team rankings with 29.9 Box-Toppers points, with a net loss of 3.0 points. While the Orioles won two games since the All-Star break, they lost the 5.0 points earned in 2019 by pitcher Andrew Cashner when they traded him to the Red Sox.
Last week’s lowest-ranked team, the Detroit Tigers, rise to 29th place with 31.4 Box-Toppers points, picking up 1.0 point in the past week.
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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