|AL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL PITCHERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||22.5||1||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||16.7|
|2||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||21.8||2||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil 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||Clevinger, Mike 3707||pi sp||cle al||14.4||5||Corbin, Patrick 3027||pi sp||dc nl||14.4|
|6||Giolito, Lucas 3900||pi sp||chi al||13.7||6||Buehler, Walker 3943||pi sp||lad nl||14.4|
|7||Greinke, Zack 1871||pi sp||hou al||13.2||7||Castillo, Luis Miguel 3840||pi sp||cin nl||14.4|
|8||Minor, Mike 2894||pi sp||tex al||12.7||8||Paddack, Chris 4093||pi sp||sd nl||14.1|
|9||Lynn, Lance 2992||pi sp||tex al||12.0||9||Gray, Sonny 3259||pi sp||cin nl||12.4|
|10||Yarbrough, Ryan 3962||pi sp mr||tb al||11.4||10||Hendricks, Kyle 3386||pi sp||chi nl||12.4|
|AL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP||NL BATTERS||POS||TEAM||BTP|
|1||Cruz, Nelson Ramon 2224||dh||min al||11.0||1||Bellinger, Cody 3781||rf||lad nl||10.2|
|2||Torres, Gleyber 3972||ss||nyy al||10.5||2||Yelich, Christian 3334||rf||mil nl||9.7|
|3||Bregman, Alex 3721||3b ss||hou al||10.0||3||Bell, Josh E. 3682||1b||pit nl||9.7|
|4||Devers, Rafael 4038||3b||bos al||9.5||4||Arenado, Nolan 3306||3b||col nl||9.0|
|5||Pujols, Albert 1438||1b||ana al||9.0||5||Ozuna, Marcell 3190||lf||stl nl||9.0|
|6||Trout, Mike 2949||cf||ana al||8.7||6||Freeman, Freddie 2887||1b||atl nl||8.5|
|7||Chapman, Matt 3849||3b||oak al||8.0||7||Escobar, Eduardo 3135||3b 2b||ari nl||8.0|
|8||Martinez, J.D. 2922||dh rf||bos al||7.5||8||Goldschmidt, Paul 2935||1b||stl nl||7.5|
|9||Urshela, Gio 4135||3b||nyy al||7.5||9||Cabrera, Asdrubal 2362||3b||dc nl||7.5|
|10||Soler, Jorge 3403||dh||kc al||7.2||10||Harper, Bryce 3011||rf||phi nl||7.0|
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Top 10 playersHere are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2019 season through the games of Aug. 29.
|1||Cole, Gerrit 3232||pi sp||hou al||22.5|
|2||Verlander, Justin 2112||pi sp||hou al||21.8|
|3||Strasburg, Stephen 2736||pi sp||dc nl||16.7|
|4||Bieber, Shane 4005||pi sp||cle al||16.1|
|5||Morton, Charlie 2503||pi sp||tb al||15.8|
|6||Hader, Josh 3881||pi cp||mil 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||14.4|
|10||Buehler, Walker 3943||pi sp||lad nl||14.4|
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In addition, this week, Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals rises to lead National League pitchers in Box-Toppers season player rankings, passing Josh Hader of the Brewers, who had also led NL pitchers for the past 14 weeks.
Cole now has 22.5 Box-Toppers points, passing previous leader Verlander (21.8). Cole also ranks first among AL pitchers, passing Verlander.
Cole has earned Player of the Game honors 15 times this season, including earning overall Player of the Day honors (worth 2.0 points) four times and AL Player of the Day honors (worth 1.7 points) five times. He has earned Player of the Game honors in a no-decision (without earning a win) three times, including Wednesday, the day he took the Box-Toppers point lead.
Verlander has earned Player of the Game honors 14 times this season, including earning overall Player of the Day honors (worth 2.0 points) five times and AL Player of the Day honors (worth 1.7 points) four times. Despite losing the season points lead, Verlander did earn 1.0 point this week, earning Player of the Game honors Tuesday.
National League pitchers—Strasburg is the new leader among NL pitchers with 16.7, passing Hader (15.7), who now ranks second.
Strasburg ranks third among all players.
With about four weeks left in the season, it is possible that a new record could be set in this category: The lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead NL pitchers in a single season is 19.1 by John Smoltz of the Braves in 2006. Strasburg needs 2.4 points to reach 19.1.
American League batters—Nelson Cruz of the Twins leads AL batters for the fourth straight week with 11.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up no points in the past week. Cruz leads second-place AL batter, Gleyber Torres of the Yankees (10.5 points). Cruz ranks 25th among all players.
The lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead AL batters in a season is 12.1 by Edwin Encarnacion of the Indians in 2017.
National League batters—Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers leads for the fifth straight week with 10.2 Box-Toppers points, picking up no points in the past week. He leads second-place NL batter Christian Yelich of the Brewers (9.7). Bellinger ranks 30th among all players.
The lowest Box-Toppers point total to lead NL batters in a season is 10.7 by Nolan Arenado of the Rockies in 2016. It is also the lowest point total to lead any major category (AL and NL pitching and batting) in a single season.
Top 10 changes—Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler joins the top 10 in season player rankings this week, rising to 10th place with 14.4 Box-Toppers points. He displaces Luis Castillo of the Reds (14.4.), who falls to 12th. (Though both Buehler and Castillo have 14.4 points, Buehler ranks higher because he has more 2018 Box-Toppers points—15.1 vs. 8.0.)
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.
Two players joined the #BT40 this week:
J.D. Martinez of the Red Sox rises to eighth place among AL batters with 7.5 points.
Asdrubal Cabrera of the Nationals rises to ninth place among NL batters with 7.5 points.
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 Bryce Harper of the Phillies (7.0 points, 10th among NL batters), who ranks 78th overall.
So far this season, 2,006 games have been completed (82.6 percent of all 2,430 scheduled), with 2,390.2 total Box-Toppers points awarded to 690 different players, who have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors. There are 350 players who have more than 2.0 Box-Toppers points. There are 151 players who have made their Box-Toppers debut so far this season (10 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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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.