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More Opening Day Minutiae

Thanks, in large part, to the new, Baseball-Reference.com PI tool, you can stump your friends with the following trivia...

* Six Mets have had 4 hits in an Opening Day game, but none has ever had more.
The 6 are

Richie Hebner, 1979
Kevin McReynolds, 1988
Darryl Strawberry, 1988
Jeff Kent, 1994
Todd Hundley, 1995
Xavier Nady, 2006

* Two Mets have scored 3 runs in an Opening Day game, but none has ever scored more. The 2 are

Jerry Grote, 1969
Brett Butler, 1995
(interestingly, the Mets lost both games)

* Two Mets have stolen 2 bases in an Opening Day game, but none has ever had more. The 2 are

Mookie Wilson, 1985
Darryl Strawberry, 1989

* Five Mets have homered twice in an Opening Day game, but none has ever had more. The 5 are

Cleon Jones, 1973
Darryl Strawberry, 1988
Kevin McReynolds, 1988
Bobby Bonilla, 1992
Robin Ventura, 2001

* Four Mets have had at least 4 RBI in an Opening Day game, but none has ever had more. The 4 are

Ron Swoboda, 1968
Richie Hebner, 1979
Todd Hundley, 1995
Robin Ventura, 2001

* The only Mets pitcher to throw a shutout on Opening Day is Dwight Gooden, circa 1993

* The only Mets pitcher to strike out 10 or more on Opening Day is Pedro Martinez, circa 2005 (12)

* Seven Mets relievers have recorded an Opening Day win. They are

Ron Taylor, 1970
Doug Sisk, 1983
Tom Gordon, 1985
Jeff Innis, 1992
Jerry Dipoto, 1996
Turk Wendell, 1998
Dennis Cook, 2001

* Two Mets pitchers have induced at least 3 GIDPs in an Opening Day game. They are

Mike Hampton, 2000 (4)
Bob Ojeda, 1989 (3)

* Three Mets pitchers have recorded a pickoff in an Opening Day game (yes, we're getting that obscure). They are

Tom Seaver, 1971
Tom Seaver, 1977
Tom Hausman, 1981
Tom Glavine, 2003
(yes, amazingly, they all share the same first name)

Back on Sunday, hopefully with something a little more creative.

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