The Houston Astros rise to regain the lead in Box-Toppers team rankings this week, passing the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had led for the past four weeks.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers 2019 season team rankings, through the games of Thursday, July 25. 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 19 to July 25. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of July 18 at the All-Star break.
The Dodgers maintain their lead among National League teams, while the St. Louis Cardinals are the week’s hottest team.
Astros players have accumulated 83.7 Box-Toppers points, picking up 7.2 in the past week, most among American League teams, rising from second place overall last week. The Astros have baseball’s third-best winning percentage (.635), behind the New York Yankees (.647) and the Dodgers (.644). The Yankees are third overall in team rankings (76.6 Box-Toppers points), while the Dodgers are second overall (81.3).
The Astros are led by pitcher Justin Verlander, who has 16.8 Box-Toppers points, first among all players and AL pitchers. Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole is second in Box-Toppers player rankings (16.1 points). Top batter is Alex Bregman (7.0 points, second among AL batters). Twenty different Astros players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season in the team’s 66 wins.
The Dodgers fall from first place last week to second overall this week with 81.3 Box-Toppers points, 2.4 points behind the Astros. The Dodgers picked up 4.7 points in the past week. They’ve led the NL in Box-Toppers team rankings now for 10 straight weeks, including lead all teams for the previous four weeks.
The Dodgers are led by pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu with 12.7 Box-Toppers points, ninth among all players and fifth among NL pitchers. Top batter is Cody Bellinger (9.2 Box-Toppers points), who ranks 18th 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 67 wins.
The St. Louis Cardinals are the week’s hottest team, picking up 7.2 Box-Toppers points in the past week, rising two spots from 17th to 15th in team rankings with 62.1 points.
The Cleveland Indians made the biggest jump in Box-Toppers team rankings, rising five spots from ninth to fourth place, picking up 6.5 Box-Toppers points, giving them 75.3.
The Minnesota Twins had the biggest decline, falling four spots from fifth to ninth place with a net loss of 0.5 points, giving them 70.8. While the Twins won three of the seven games they played this week, they also designated for assignment closing pitcher Blake Parker, who had earned 4.0 Box-Toppers points in 2019. That action subtracts Parker’s point total from the Twins’ cumulative total.
The Detroit Tigers fall from 29th to 30th and last place in Box-Toppers team rankings with 32.4 Box-Toppers points, picking up 1.0 point in the past week. Last week’s lowest-ranked team, the Baltimore Orioles, rise to 29th place with 34.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up 5.0 points 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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