Washington Nationals, week's hottest team, regain top spot in Box-Toppers weekly team rankings

The Washington Nationals have regained top spot in Box-Toppers weekly team rankings report.

Team rankings

Here are Box-Toppers' top 10 team rankings, through the games of Thursday, June 1. The column BTP shows the number of Box-Toppers points players on the team have accumulated so far this season. The column BTP/wk shows have many points teams accumulated from May 26 to June 1. The column Wk ago shows the team's rank as of May 25.

6/1 Teams BTP BTP/wk Wk ago
1 Nationals 44.6 9.0 4
2 Astros 43.0 7.2 3
3 Diamondbacks 42.4 5.0 1
4 Rockies 40.0 3.5 2
5 Dodgers 39.7 5.0 5
6 Yankees 37.9 5.0 6
7 Red Sox 35.8 4.0 7
8 Indians 34.6 5.0 8
9 Brewers 34.2 6.2 14
10 Rays 34.0 4.7 11

The Nationals, which topped rankings for four weeks from April 21 to May 12, were also the past week’s hottest team. The Houston Astros remain the top American League team for the third week in a row.

Meanwhile, last week’s top team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, fall to third place overall.

Nationals players have accumulated 44.6 Box-Toppers points so far this season, including 9.0 in the past week, the most of any team. The Nationals rise from fourth place last week and pass the previous top NL team, the Diamondbacks (42.4 points), which fall from first to third place overall.

The Nationals have baseball’s second-best winning percentage (.635), behind the Houston Astros (.704).

The Nationals are led by pitcher Max Scherzer (10.0 Box-Toppers points), who ranks second among all players. Top batter is Bryce Harper (6.0), who leads NL batters. Fifteen different Nationals players have earned Box-Toppers Player of the Game honors so far this season.

The Astros lead AL teams for the third straight week. With 43.0 Box-Toppers points, including 7.2 in the past week (most of any AL teams), they rise from third to second place among all teams and have baseball’s best winning percentage (.704).

The Astros are led by pitcher Dallas Keuchel (6.0 Box-Toppers points). Top batter is Carlos Beltran (2.7 points). Nineteen different Astros players have earned Player of the Game honors so far this season.

The Milwaukee Brewers made the biggest rise in Box-Toppers team rankings this week, rising from 14th place last week to ninth place this week. The Brewers have 34.2 Box-Toppers points, earning 6.2 points in the past week.

One other team rises into Box-Toppers top 10 list this week: The Tampa Bay Rays rise from 11th to 10th place with 34.0 Box-Toppers points, earning 4.7 in the past week.

Two teams dropped out of the top 10 from last week:

  • The Minnesota Twins drop from ninth to 13th with 31.4 points, earning 2.0 in the past week.
  • The Chicago Cubs drop from 10th to 18th—the biggest drop of any team—with 29.4 points, earning no points in the past week.

The Philadelphia Phillies remain the lowest-ranked team in Box-Toppers points for the third straight week with 18.7, earning 1.0 point 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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Last week’s team rankings report