The Mets would not be in the World Series without their lights-out closer, Jeurys Familia, who has allowed only four baserunners in 9.2 innings of work. It's no surprise to learn that, according to Fangraphs, Familia sports the two nastiest pitches that will be featured in the World Series—and three of the four nastiest.
Familia's slider, which tops out in the low 90s, came in at the No. 4 spot. His sinker and splitter topped the list, drawing praise for how the pitches had few comparisons in velocity and swing-and-miss rates.
"The swinging strike rate on [Familia's sinker] is 3.4 standard deviations above the mean, making it, by definition, a statistical outlier," Fangraphs notes.
About the splitter, Fangraphs says: "The velocity is three standard deviations above mean. The whiff rate and ground ball rate are both two standard deviations above the mean—the only pitch in the study that even came close to accomplishing that."
The only other Met to have one of his pitches make the top-10 list was Matt Harvey, whose slider was ranked at No. 3.
Kansas City closer Wade Davis, an All-Star who hasn't allowed a run in the postseason while holding batters to a .136 batting average, had three pitches land on the list. Starter Yordano Ventura's curveball and setup man Kelvin Herrera's changeup rounded out the list.