Michael Conforto's rise to prominence with the Mets this season continued in Game 2 of the NL Division Series last night. With his second-inning home run off of Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, Conforto joined two very elite groups in Mets' history. He became only the second Met to homer in his first postseason at-bat, and only the fourth Met to homer in his first postseason game.
The only other Met to homer in his first postseason at-bat is Edgardo Alfonzo, who took former Arizona Diamondbacks ace and Hall of Famer Randy Johnson deep in Game 1 of the 1999 NL Division Series. It was part of a huge day for Alfonzo who would hit a grand slam in the ninth inning off of Bobby Chouinard that broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the Mets to an 8-4 victory.
Two other Mets have homered in their first postseason game. Current Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy joined the club on Friday in Game 1 of the NLDS, when he hit a fourth-inning solo shot off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. Former Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado victimized the Dodgers as well, back in Game 1 of the 2006 NLDS. Delgado homered off of Dodgers starter Derek Lowe in the fourth inning to tie the game 1-1 at the time. Delgado finished the game 4-for-5 with two RBIs, as the Mets won that game 6-5 and went on to sweep the series from Los Angeles 3-0.