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Our Special Bonds: Pitcher HR (questions)

Ok, so I'm really bored today, and I got to looking at the list of pitchers to homer against the Mets (thanks Baseball-Reference PI, which I really can't recommend enough). I noticed that there were a good number of former Mets on the list. Figured that it would make for a good trivia challenge. I've kept the clues brief, because I want this to be thought of as difficult. You can go to this link for the answers.

http://metswalkoffs.blogspot.com/2006/06/our-special-bonds-pitcher-hr-answers.html

Good luck, and let me know how you did.

Homered Against the Mets as a Pitcher, also played for Mets

Pitcher #1 and 2: The two winningest pitchers on this list overall and thus probably the easiest ones to get. One won 4 games for the Mets but won a lot more for other teams. The other won a lot more, both for the Mets, and elsewhere. I'll give Mets win totals for everyone else I ask, but not this guy.

Pitcher #3: Former lefthanded 20-game winner for whom the Mets were his final major-league team. (30 Mets wins)

Pitcher #4: Best remembered for a game he probably should never have started. (13 Mets wins)
Pitcher #5: People tell me he was singularly responsible for the Mets turnaround from 1997 to 1999. That's not entirely true, but his significance is definitely in who he was traded for. (5 Mets wins).

Pitcher #6: Consider yourself well-educated if you know this one-year wonder (15 Mets wins)

Pitcher #7: Only had two winning seasons in his 14-year career so I'm guessing that pitching a scoreless inning for the Mets in a World Series would be the second-biggest career highlight, along with his pitching a no-hitter. (20 Mets wins)

Pitcher #8: The only person of this bond who was a former No. 1 overall draft pick. (14 Mets wins)

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