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How often...Part II

Stretching out one day's post into two...

Adam Dunn's walk-off home run on Wednesday was the 29th of the season. We're more than halfway to last year's walk-off home run total. So we posed the question to Dave Smith of Retrosheet: "How often does a walk-off home run happen?"

Simply put...

There have been 29 walk-off home runs this season in 976 games. That's one every 33.7 games. In other words, seeing one every other day isn't all that unusual. There have been 88 walk-off wins, so approximately one in every three walk-off wins this season has come on a walk-off home run. The Mets have two walk-off home runs this season.

Last season, there were 57 walk-off home runs, a comparitively low number, or one every 42.6 regular season games. The average team hit two walk-off home runs. The Mets, an average team, had two.

In 2004, there were 80 walk-off home runs, or one every 30.3 games. That's basically one every two days of fully scheduled play. The Mets had three.

The previous four seasons featured:

2003: 74 walk-off home runs (1 for Mets)
2002: 69 walk-off home runs (2 for Mets)
2001: 63 walk-off home runs (2 for Mets)
2000: 65 walk-off home runs (3 for Mets in regular season, 1 in postseason)

True Metoffhomeruns know...The Mets have hit 108 walk-off home runs. They've hit as many as six (1962) in a season and as few as zero (1973, 1979, 1994).


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