Jeurys Familia tops players in NLDS Game 5 as Mets eliminate Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 15

Jeurys Familia pitched two scoreless innings, picking up the save, as the New York Mets eliminated the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

National League Division Series Game 5: Mets 3, Dodgers 2

Familia, Box-Toppers Player of the Game, allowed no hits and struck out two, earning a Box-Toppers game score of +4.0, highest among all Mets players, as the Mets beat the Dodgers in the best-of-five game series, 3-2.

During the regular season, Familia had 8.0 Box-Toppers points, ranked 88th among all players, 28th among NL pitchers and second among NL closing pitchers, behind Aroldis Chapman of the Reds. (Chapman also had 8.0 Box-Toppers points this season, but ranked higher because he had more Box-Toppers points than Familia in 2014—seven vs. zero.)

Both starting pitchers in the game were ranked in the top 10 of Box-Toppers player rankings, but neither earned Player of the Game:

  • Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, 22.4 Box-Toppers points, third among all players, third among NL pitchers. deGrom (6IP 6H 2R 7K W) had a Box-Toppers game score of 0.
  • Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, 20.7 Box-Toppers points, seventh among all players, fifth among NL pitchers. Greinke (6.2 IP 6H 3R 9K L) had a Box-Toppers game score of +2.2.

The Dodgers ranked slightly higher than the Mets in regular season Box-Toppers team rankings. The Dodgers ranked sixth among all teams, with 122.5 Box-Toppers points. But the Mets were only 0.5 points behind, with 122.0, ranking seventh among all teams.

With the Mets win, the team with the higher-ranked starting pitcher has won 15 of 21 postseason games this year—deGrom of the Mets (22.4) ranked ahead of Greinke of the Dodgers (20.7).

The Mets will now face the Chicago Cubs in the best-of-seven National League Championship Series beginning Saturday in New York.

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.

Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

10/15 Score Team Players AB R H BI BB K IP H R ER BB K
POG 4.0 Mets Jeurys Familia (S,2) - - - - - - 2.0 0 0 0 0 2