4. Mets Advance To NLCS

Game 5, National League Division Series. The No. 3 seeded Mets traveled to Los Angeles to face the second seeded Dodgers in a do-or-die final game of the series. The pitching matchup was as good as it gets — Jake deGrom and Zach Greinke, two Cy Young candidates.

The game was tied 2-2 in the sixth inning when second baseman Daniel Murphy belted out a go-ahead solo home run. That was all the run support the Mets bullpen needed. Noah Syndergaard worked a solid relief effort, and closer Jeurys Familia closed out the game and the series in the bottom of the ninth. The Dodgers’ capitulation was another disappointment in an underwhelming campaign for Don Mattingly’s men, but the Mets victory signified a turning point in the franchises’s history.

The Mets went on to meet the Cubs in the NLCS. The Dodgers parted ways with Mattingly in the offseason, before losing Greinke to division rivals Arizona in free agency. Ouch.