Kyle Hendricks tops players in NLCS Game 6 as Cubs advance to first World Series in 71 years

Kyle Hendricks is Box-Toppers Player of the Game Saturday as the Cubs win their first pennant in 71 years, defeating the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series Game 6.

National League Championship Series Game 6: Cubs 5, Dodgers 0

Hendricks pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, no walks and striking out six.

The Chicago Cubs win the best-of-seven game series over the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2, becoming National League champions and advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

Hendricks had a Box-Toppers game score Saturday of +11.1, most of all Cubs players. Anthony Rizzo had the highest Box-Toppers game score (0.0) among Cubs batters (HR 2B 2-4 R BI).

Opposing starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers had a Box-Toppers game score of −7.0 (5IP 7H 5R 0BB 4K L). Kershaw ranked second among all players in Box-Toppers points in 2016 with 24.4.

Hendricks had 13.4 Box-Toppers points during the regular season, ranked 17th among all players, 10th among NL pitchers.

The Cubs rank first in Box-Toppers team rankings with players accumulating 139.5 Box-Toppers points in 2016. They ranked first nearly the entire season—in 24 Box-Toppers weekly team rankings reports, they were ranked first in 22 of them, missing only April 14 and July 21.

The Dodgers ranked third among all teams in Box-Toppers points with 125.2, second among NL teams, behind the Cubs.

The Cubs now face the Indians in the World Series beginning Tuesday in Cleveland. The Indians have not won the World Series since 1948. The Cubs have not won since 1908.

See Box-Toppers NLCS series preview with player-by-player matchups.

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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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score

BTG Game Player of Game AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
11.1 CHC 5, LAD 0 Kyle Hendricks (W,1-1) - - - - 7.1 2 0 0 0 6
BTG: Box-Toppers game score