Regular reader Eric Orns wrote me after Thursday's one-of-a-kind Mets victory (one very reminiscent of those in 2006 with the aggressive baserunning and stellar bullpen work) wanting to know some more about first-batter Mets home runs. While I couldn't answer his exact question, some quick work with Baseball-Reference.com did wonders for my knowledge, and so I'll share. *It was well publicized that Thursday was the first time in which the Mets first two batters of a game homered (and that Jose Reyes set the Mets first-batter home run record). By my count, if you include two postseason first-batter homers, Jose Reyes' home run was the 103rd first-batter home run in Mets history. So in other words, the Mets were 0-for-their-previous 102 (exactly!) in getting their first two batters of a game to homer, with the last before Thursday being Reyes' first-batter home run in Game 6 of the 2006 NLCS. * Of those 101, 45 came at Shea Stadium and 8 occurred at the Polo Grounds.
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