Box-Toppers' leader Chris Sale also led pitchers in strikeouts in 2017

Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, 2017’s leader in Box-Toppers points, also was the season’s leader in strikeouts.

Six of the 10 leaders in strikeouts in 2017 were among the top 10 pitchers in their league in Box-Toppers points. All 10 strikeout leaders were among the overall top 100 players in Box-Toppers points.

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Half of top 10 RBI leaders are among their league's top 10 batters in Box-Toppers points

Half of the top 10 runs batted in leaders are among their league’s top 10 batters in Box-Toppers points in 2017.

Overall RBI leader Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins (132) ranked second among National League batters in Box-Toppers points with 14.2.

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Wins leaders generally coincide with overall Box-Toppers points leaders

Three of the four pitchers who led the Major Leagues in wins in 2017 are among Box-Toppers’ top 10 players for the season.

And seven of the top 12 pitchers in wins in 2017 are among Box-Toppers’ top 10-ranked players.

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How did 2017 home run leaders fare in Box-Toppers points? 4 of top 10 finish in Box-Toppers' top 100

Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins led all players in home runs in 2017 and ranked second among all batters in Box-Toppers points for the season. Four of the top 10 home run leaders in 2017 are among the overall top 100 players.

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8 of top 10 ERA leaders also rank in Box-Toppers top 10 player rankings

Corey Kluber of the Indians had the lowest earned run average of any pitcher in 2017 and ranked fifth in Box-Toppers player rankings.

The overall Box-Toppers points leader, Chris Sale of the Red Sox (25.1), finished sixth place in ERA (2.90). Eight of the top 10 ERA leaders finished in the top 10 in Box-Toppers points in 2017.

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Astros' Jose Altuve led in batting average for 2017 but ranked low in Box-Toppers points

Five of the top 10 players in batting average for 2017 are among Box-Toppers’ top 100 players.

But two of the top 10 on the list were not even among the top half of players in 2017, including the overall batting average leader, Jose Altuve of the Astros, who ranked 387th among players in 2017 with just 2.5 Box-Toppers points.

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An overview of Box-Toppers category leaders over several time frames

Four different players lead Box-Toppers’ four main leaderboards.

Three of the four were the top three-ranked players in Box-Toppers points in 2017 and the fourth is Box-Toppers’ all-time leader, Randy Johnson.

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A look at Box-Toppers season-by-season AL & NL pitching & batting leaders, 1995-2017

An analysis of 23 years of Box-Toppers points leaders in pitching & batting in both leagues.

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A look at Box-Toppers' ‘all-time' top 10 lists—top overall players, top pitchers, top batters—since tracking began in 1995

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw rose to third place in Box-Toppers’ overall “all-time” list in 2017, becoming the active leader in career points. Also in 2017, Albert Pujols became the “all-time” leader in career Box-Toppers points among batters and Zack Greinke rose into the overall top 10 in career Box-Toppers points since 1995.

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Clayton Kershaw leads players in Box-Toppers points since start of 2012

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw leads players in Box-Toppers points since the start of 2012.

Kershaw has 147.2 Box-Toppers points over the period 2012-2017, 18.3 points ahead of second-place player in that span, Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (128.9). However, Kershaw’s lead in the six-year rolling Box-Toppers point total is down from last year and is his narrowest lead since 2013.

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Max Scherzer takes lead in Box-Toppers points over 2 seasons, passing Kershaw

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer has more Box-Toppers points over the past two seasons than any other player.

Scherzer has earned 50.7 Box-Toppers points over 2016 and 2017. He ranked first in 2016 with 25.7 and second in 2017 with 25.0. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who led players in Box-Toppers two-season point totals for each of the past four seasons, falls to second place this year with 47.5 points.

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A look at Box-Toppers top 100 players of 'all-time' after the 2017 season

Randy Johnson leads Box-Toppers "all-time" career top 100 list, since record-keeping began in 1995. Clayton Kershaw, ranked third overall, leads all active players. And Box-Toppers 2017 Player of the Year Chris Sale makes the biggest jump up the top 100 chart.

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A look at Box-Toppers' top 100 players for 2016-17 and 2012-17

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is Box-Toppers’ top-ranked player over the past six seasons while Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is Box-Toppers’ top-ranked player over the past two seasons.

Kershaw leads all players in Box-Toppers points over 2012-2017 with 147.2, ahead of Scherzer, in second place with 128.9.

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Box-Toppers' big dippers—players whose 2017 point total declined most from 2016: Jose Fernandez leads list

Sadly, Jose Fernandez leads the list of players whose Box-Toppers point total declined most from 2016 to 2017. The 22.4-point decline is 8.0 points more than the next biggest decline which was the highest among players active in 2017—that belongs to Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto, whose 2017 point total dipped 14.4 points, from 16.4 in 2016 to 2.0 in 2017.

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Postseason awards wrap-up: Box-Toppers leaders win 3 of 6 major honors for 2017

Box-Toppers points leaders took home three of the six major postseason awards in 2017 as voted by baseball writers—both Rookie of the Year honors and the NL Cy Young Award.

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Yankees' pitcher Luis Severino is Box-Toppers' Most Improved Player in 2017

Yankees pitcher Luis Severino had the biggest improvement in Box-Toppers point totals from 2016 to 2017, and is this season’s Box-Toppers’ Most Improved Player.

Severino had 19.1 more Box-Toppers points in 2017 than he did in 2016. In 2016, he had 2.0 Box-Toppers points and in 2017, he had 21.1 points, seventh among all players, fourth among American League pitchers.

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Giancarlo Stanton, Box-Toppers 2nd-ranked NL batter, wins NL Most Valuable Player; Altuve wins AL MVP despite low Box-Toppers ranking

Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, who ranked second among National League batters in 2017 Box-Toppers points, was named NL Most Valuable Player Thursday.

But Jose Altuve of the Astros was named American League MVP despite his low Box-Toppers rankings—with just 2.5 Box-Toppers points on the season, he ranked 90th among AL batters and 387th among all players.

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Box-Toppers top NL pitcher Max Scherzer wins NL Cy Young Award; 2nd-ranked AL pitcher Kluber wins AL award

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, who led all National League players in 2017 Box-Toppers points, was voted NL Cy Young Award winner Wednesday.

However, Box-Toppers overall top player, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, finished second in voting for the American League Cy Young Award. He lost to Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, who ranked second among AL pitchers in Box-Toppers rankings, fifth overall.

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