The Houston Astros maintain the lead in Box-Toppers team rankings, leading for the eighth straight week.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers 2019 season team rankings, through the games of Thursday, Sept. 12. 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 Sept. 6 to 12. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of Sept. 5.
Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals maintain their lead among National League teams and the Milwaukee Brewers are the week’s hottest team.
Astros players have accumulated 140.9 Box-Toppers points, picking up 5.7 in the past week. They lead the second-place Nationals by 20.5 points (their lead increased from 17.8 points last week). The Astros are tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers with baseball’s second-best winning percentage (.642) and trail the New York Yankees (.655). The Yankees are fourth in Box-Toppers team rankings (114.4) and the Dodgers are third (118.4).
The Astros are led by pitcher Gerrit Cole, who has 26.2 Box-Toppers points, first among all players and all American League pitchers. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is second in Box-Toppers player rankings (24.8 points). Top batter is Alex Bregman (10.0 points, fourth among AL batters). Twenty-seven different Astros players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.
The Nationals lead NL teams for the sixth straight week with 120.4 Box-Toppers points, picking up 3.0 points over the past week. The Nationals maintain their second-place overall rank.
Though the Nationals lead NL teams in Box-Toppers points, they are fourth among NL teams in winning percentage (.559), behind the Dodgers (.642), the Atlanta Braves (.615) and St. Louis Cardinals (.562). The Nationals are second in the NL East, 8 1/2 games behind the Braves, but currently hold the top NL Wild Card position. The Dodgers rank third among all teams in Box-Toppers points (118.4), the Braves rank eighth (102.7) and the Cardinals rank 13th (94.2).
The Nationals are led by pitcher Stephen Strasburg with 18.7 Box-Toppers points, third among all players and first among NL pitchers. Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer ranks ninth overall with 15.4 Box-Toppers points. Nationals’ top batter is Asdrubal Cabrera (7.5 Box-Toppers points), who ranks ninth among NL batters. Twenty-seven different Nationals players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.
The Milwaukee Brewers are the hottest team of the past week, picking up 7.5 Box-Toppers points since Sept. 5, most of any team. They maintain their 15th place overall ranking with 93.4 points.
The Cleveland Indians had the biggest rise of the week, climbing two spots from ninth to seventh with 103.8 Box-Toppers points, picking up 5.7 points in the past week.
The Minnesota Twins had the biggest decline of the past week, falling two spots from seventh to ninth with 102.0 Box-Toppers points, picking up 2.0 points in the past week.
Despite the Indians passing the Twins in Box-Toppers team rankings, the Twins still lead the Indians by 3 1/2 games in the AL Central division.
The Detroit Tigers maintain 30th and last place in Box-Toppers team rankings for the eighth straight week with 43.1 points, picking up 2.0 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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