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Monday, April 01, 2013

Mets Opening Day Game Notes

Mets Opening Day Game Notes:

David Wright has at least one hit in every Home Opener since making his first Opening Day roster in 2005...Wright is hitting .375 (12-32) with three home runs and nine RBI on Opening Day...Wright is making his ninth Opening Day start today, tying him for the third-most in team history with Jerry Grote and Howard Johnson...Only Tom Seaver (11) and Bud Harrelson (11) have started more Opening Days in franchise history.

David Wright was named the fourth captain in team history on March 21...Wright joins Keith Hernandez (1987-1989), Gary Carter (1988-1989) and John Franco (2001-2004) as captains in Mets history...He was recently named to the 2013 All-World Baseball Classic team after hitting .438 with 10 RBI during the tournament.

Jonathon Niese will make his first Opening Day start...Tom Seaver holds the team mark making 11 Opening Day starts...Niese will become the 22nd pitcher to start on Opening Day game for the Mets.

Stats Don't Lie: The Mets are 15 games over .500 on Opening Day despite only outscoring their opponents by eight runs (223-215).

Opening Day Offense: The Mets have scored 10 or more runs four times on Opening Day, including an Opening Day-high 12 runs on April 4, 1994 against the Cubs...New York surrendered an Opening Day-worst 15 runs to the Cubs in a 15-2 setback at Shea on March 31, 2003.

April 1: The Mets are 3-2 all-time when starting the season on April 1.

Leadoff Home runs on Opening Day: Kazuo Matsui is the last Met to hit a leadoff home run on Opening Day when he took Atlanta’s Russ Ortiz deep on April 6, 2004 at Turner Field.

Grand Slams on Opening Day: Todd Hundley has the only Mets grand slam on Opening Day...Hundley’s slam came on April 26, 1995 at Colorado off Billy Swift.

2 Out Home Runs on Opening Day:  Robin Ventura, Bobby Bonilla, Cleon Jones, Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds are the only five players in club history to hit two home runs in an Opening Day tilt...Ventura was the last to accomplish the feat on April 3, 2001 at Atlanta ...Bonilla cracked two home runs in his first game as a Met on April 6, 1992 at St. Louis, Jones belted two home runs on April 6, 1975 vs. Philadelphia and Strawberry and McReynolds each hit two home runs on April 4, 1988 at Montreal in a 10-6 triumph.

Mets Shutouts on Opening Day: The Mets have recorded seven shutouts on Opening Day...The last time New York held an opponent scoreless on Opening Day was last year when the Met s blanked the Braves, 1-0...Meanwhile, the Mets have been shut out only once (7-0, April 9, 1963 vs. St. Louis) on Opening Day.

Extra Innings on Opening day: The Mets have played six extra-inning games on Opening Day...They are 5-1 in those contests...The last extra-inning affair was a 6-4, 10-inning victory on April 3, 2001 at Atlanta.

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