|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||20.8||1||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil nl||15.7|
|2||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||18.8||2||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||15.7|
|3||Bieber, Shane 4005||pi sp||cle al||16.1||3||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||15.4|
|4||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||tb al||15.8||4||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||14.4|
|5||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||hou al||13.2||5||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||dc nl||13.4|
|6||Minor, Mike 2894||pi sp||tex al||12.7||6||Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840||pi sp||cin nl||13.4|
|7||Lynn, Lance 2992||pi sp||tex al||12.0||7||Paddack, Chris 4093||pi sp||sd nl||12.4|
|8||Giolito, Lucas 3900||pi sp||chi al||11.7||8||Bauer, Trevor 3065||pi sp||cin nl||12.1|
|9||Sale, Chris 2806||pi sp||bos al||11.0||9||Kershaw, Clayton 2494||pi sp||lad nl||11.7|
|10||Clevinger, Mike 3707||pi sp||cle al||10.4||10||Buehler, Walker 3943||pi sp||lad nl||10.7|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Cruz, Nelson Ramon 2224||dh||min al||9.5||1||Bellinger, Cody 3781||rf||lad nl||10.2|
|2||Torres, Gleyber 3972||ss||nyy al||9.5||2||Bell, Josh E. 3682||1b||pit nl||9.7|
|3||Pujols, Albert 1438||1b||ana al||9.0||3||Yelich, Christian 3334||rf||mil nl||8.0|
|4||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||8.7||4||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||8.0|
|5||Bregman, Alex 3721||3b||hou al||8.0||5||Escobar, Eduardo 3135||3b 2b||ari nl||8.0|
|6||Devers, Rafael 4038||3b||bos al||8.0||6||Ozuna, Marcell 3190||lf||stl nl||8.0|
|7||Urshela, Gio 4135||3b||nyy al||7.5||7||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||1b||stl nl||6.5|
|8||Soler, Jorge 3403||dh||kc al||7.2||8||Albies, Ozzie 3953||2b||atl nl||6.5|
|9||Betts, Mookie 3404||rf||bos al||7.0||9||McMahon, Ryan 4004||2b 3b||col nl||6.5|
|10||Gardner, Brett 2486||cf||nyy al||7.0||10||Donaldson, Josh 3144||3b||atl nl||6.5|
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Astros pitcher Justin Verlander maintains the lead in Box-Toppers weekly player rankings report for the 13th straight week.
Meanwhile, all category leaders remain the same as last week: Verlander leads American League pitchers, Josh Hader of the Brewers leads National League pitchers, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers leads NL batters and Nelson Cruz of the Twins leads AL batters.
Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 15.
|1||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||20.8|
|2||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||18.8|
|3||Bieber, Shane 4005||pi sp||cle al||16.1|
|4||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||tb al||15.8|
|5||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil nl||15.7|
|6||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||15.7|
|7||Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139||pi sp||lad nl||15.4|
|8||Scherzer, Max 2588||pi sp||dc nl||14.4|
|9||Corbin, Patrick 3027||sp pi||dc nl||13.4|
|10||Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840||pi sp||cin nl||13.4|
About Box-Toppers’ team abbreviations
Verlander leads all players and all AL pitchers with 20.8 Box-Toppers points, picking up no points in the past week. He leads second-place player, teammate Gerrit Cole (18.8). Verlander leads Cole in both overall rankings and among AL pitchers.
National League pitchers—Josh Hader of the Brewers continues to lead for the 13th straight week with 15.7 Box-Toppers points, picking up no points in the past week. He falls from fourth to fifth place in overall rankings. He leads second-place NL pitcher Stephen Strasburg (15.7) on a tiebreaker—though both Hader and Strasburg have the same 2019 point total, Hader ranks ahead because he has more 2018 points—11.7 vs. 6.7. Strasburg leads all NL starting pitchers.
Hader has the third-most Box-Toppers points in a single-season by a closing pitcher since 1998. Earlier this season, Hader seemed poised to shatter the record for most points by a closer in a season (19.7 points set by Eric Gagne of the Dodgers in 2004), but he has only earned 1.0 point in the last six weeks with about six weeks to go in the season—at that rate, Hader would finish the season short of Gagne’s record. Despite Hader’s lack of points in recent weeks, no NL pitcher has passed him in season player rankings.
National League batters—Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers leads for the third straight week with 10.2 Box-Toppers points, picking up no points in the past week. He leads second-place NL batter Josh Bell of the Pirates (9.7). Bellinger ranks 25th among all players.
American League batters—Nelson Cruz of the Twins leads AL batters for the second week with 9.5 Box-Toppers points. Gleyber Torres of the Yankees, second among AL batters, also has 9.5 points, but Cruz ranks ahead on a tiebreaker because he has more 2018 Box-Toppers points—2.5 vs. 1.5. Cruz ranks 28th among all players.
Top 10 changes—No new players entered the overall top 10 list in season player rankings this week.
The #BT40—The Box-Toppers 40 (#BT40) is made up of the 40 players on Box-Toppers’ four top 10 category lists—AL and NL pitchers and batters. The #BT40 are listed in the chart at the top of this page.
Six players joined the #BT40 this week:
Gio Urshela of the Yankees rises to seventh place among AL batters with 7.5 points.
Jorge Soler of the Royals rises to eighth place among AL batters with 7.2 points.
Trevor Bauer of the Reds rises to eighth place among NL pitchers with 12.1 points.
Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers rises to ninth place among NL pitchers with 11.7 points.
Paul Goldschmidt of the Cardinals rises to seventh place among NL batters with 6.5 points.
Ryan McMahon of the Rockies rises to ninth place among NL batters with 6.5 points.
Those six displaced these six players: Max Kepler of the Twins, Marcus Semien of the Athletics, Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, Freddie Freeman of the Braves and Michael Conforto of the Mets.
It should be noted that the #BT40 are not the overall top 40 players, but the top 10 in each of four categories. The lowest-ranking player among the #BT40 is Josh Donaldson of the Braves (6.5 points, 10th among NL batters), who ranks 86th overall.
So far this season, 1,819 games have been completed (74.9 percent of all 2,430 scheduled), with 2,167.9 total Box-Toppers points awarded to 659 different players, who have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 322 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 132 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season (five 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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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.