Mets' Noah Syndergaard tops players in NLCS Game 2 win Sunday, Oct. 18

Noah Syndergaard struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits, to lead the Mets to a Game 2 win Sunday over the Cubs in the National League League Championship Series.

Syndergaard was Box-Toppers Player of the Day as the Mets beat the Cubs 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven game series.

Syndergaard had a Box-Toppers game score of +8.2 to lead all Mets players. Second baseman Daniel Murphy had the highest Box-Toppers game score among Mets batters of +2.0 (HR 2B 2-3 R 2BI).

Syndergaard, during the regular season, had 10.4 Box-Toppers points, ranked 41st among all players, 16th among NL pitchers.

Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, Box-Toppers points leader in 2015 (29.1), had a Box-Toppers game score of −1.0, as he picked up the loss (5IP 4H 4R 8K).

The series resumes Tuesday with Game 3 in Chicago.

See Box-Toppers NLCS series preview with player-by-player match ups.

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

10/18 Score Team Players AB R H BI BB K IP H R ER BB K
POG 8.2 Mets Noah Syndergaard (W,1-1) - - - - - - 5.2 3 1 1 1 9

Coming Monday:

ALCS Game 3, Royals lead Blue Jays, 2-0

The pitching match-up Monday:

Royals—Johnny Cueto, 12.8 Box-Toppers points, 25th among all players, 13th among AL pitchers.

Blue Jays—Marcus Stroman, 2.7 Box-Toppers points, 368th among all players, 105th among AL pitchers. (Stroman was out recovering from injurymuch of 2015. In 2014, he had 13.7 Box-Toppers points, ranked 12th among AL pitchers.)

See Box-Toppers ALCS series preview with player-by-player match ups.