Statcast delves into Murphy's plays in clincher

Mets advance to NLCS with help from second baseman's effort

Statcast delves into Murphy's plays in clincher

The Mets clinched a spot in the National League Championship Series with a 3-2 victory Thursday night over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NL Division Series behind an impressive all-around game from second baseman Daniel Murphy.

Murphy not only hit the decisive home run and helped manufacture another run with his wily baserunning, but Statcast™ will show that he actually took his game to another level in leading his club to the NLDS-clinching game.

Game Date Matchup
Gm 1 Oct. 17 NYM 4, CHC 2
Gm 2 Oct. 18 NYM 4, CHC 1
Gm 3 Oct. 20 NYM 5, CHC 2
Gm 4 Oct. 21 NYM 8, CHC 3

Here's an in-depth look, courtesy of Statcast™, at those two key plays from Murphy, as well as one of Thursday's top defensive plays.

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Murphy crushes his hardest HR of 2015
Murphy picked a good time to connect for his hardest-hit home run of the year, slugging a go-ahead shot in the sixth inning. Murphy turned around a 94-mph pitch from Zack Greinke at a scorching 106.5 mph, his highest exit velocity on a home run this season. His previous high was a 105.9-mph blast on April 14 against the Phillies. Distance-wise, Murphy's sixth-inning homer traveled a projected 382 feet into the right-field seats at Dodger Stadium.

Murphy swipes third on heads-up play
Prior to hitting his crucial home run, Murphy helped manufacture the game-tying run when he went from first to third on a walk. Following ball four to teammate Lucas Duda, Murphy jogged down to second base before breaking into a full sprint for an unoccupied third base, due to the Dodgers' defensive shift for Duda.

Must C: Murphy's sneaky steal

After trotting to second, Murphy kicked it into another gear over the next 90 feet, reaching a max speed of 18.9 mph to easily swipe third without a throw. It ultimately took Murphy just 3.9 seconds to go from second to third, leaving Greinke with no chance to race over to the vacant base to make a play.

Ethier makes early diving grab
Andre Ethier made arguably his best catch of the season in the second inning to take an extra-base hit away from Michael Conforto.

Statcast: Ethier's great grab

Ethier reacted almost instantly on the play, taking his first step just 0.02 seconds after the ball left Conforto's bat. He reached a max speed of 20.2 mph, as he raced into the right-field corner before laying out to make the diving catch. Ethier logged his season-best route efficiency of 98.4 percent on the play, while covering a total distance of 94 feet. The distance covered by Ethier was also his season high, easily eclipsing his previous best of 78 feet.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.