The Houston Astros maintain the lead in Box-Toppers team rankings, leading for the seventh straight week.
Meanwhile, the Washington Nationals maintain their lead among National League teams.
Team rankingsHere are Box-Toppers 2019 season team rankings, through the games of Thursday, Sept. 5. 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 Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of Aug. 29.
Four teams each gained 6.7 Box-Toppers points in the past week, most of any team—the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals.
Astros players have accumulated 135.2 Box-Toppers points, picking up 6.7 in the past week, tied for the most among all teams. They lead the second-place Nationals by 17.8 points (their lead increased from 16.6 points last week). The Astros have baseball’s third-best winning percentage (.645) behind the New York Yankees (.652) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (.648). The Yankees are fifth in Box-Toppers team rankings (107.0) and the Dodgers are third (114.4).
The Astros are led by pitcher Gerrit Cole, who has 24.2 Box-Toppers points, first among all players and all American League pitchers. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is second in Box-Toppers player rankings (23.8 points). Top batter is Alex Bregman (10.0 points, third among AL batters). Twenty-six different Astros players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.
The Nationals lead NL teams for the fifth straight week with 117.4 Box-Toppers points, picking up 5.5 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 (.561), behind the Dodgers (.648), the Atlanta Braves (.617) and St. Louis Cardinals (.564). The Nationals are second in the NL East, eight games behind the Braves, but currently hold the top NL Wild Card position. The Dodgers rank third among all teams in Box-Toppers points (114.4), the Braves rank eighth (98.7) and the Cardinals rank 13th (90.0).
The Nationals are led by pitcher Stephen Strasburg with 18.7 Box-Toppers points, third among all players and first among NL pitchers. Two other Nationals pitchers rank among Box-Toppers top 10 season player rankings—Max Scherzer is eighth with 14.4 Box-Toppers points and Patrick Corbin is ninth with 14.4. Nationals’ top batter is Asdrubal Cabrera (7.5 Box-Toppers points), who ranks ninth among NL batters. Twenty-six different Nationals players have earned Box-Toppers points so far this season.
Four teams tied as the week’s hottest, each picking up 6.7 points in the past week:
Houston Astros with 135.2 points, maintain their first-place ranking.
Tampa Bay Rays with 108.0 points, rise from sixth to fourth place.
Atlanta Braves with 98.7 points, rise from ninth to eight place.
St. Louis Cardinals with 90.0 points, maintain their 13th-place ranking.
The Detroit Tigers maintain 30th and last place in Box-Toppers team rankings for the seventh straight week with 41.1 points, picking up 2.7 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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