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The Mets' most extreme home runs of 2015: Part 1

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A look back at the longest, shortest, and other most extreme home runs of the year.

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Fangraphs recently ran two pieces featuring the most "extreme" home runs of the 2015 season. We thought it would be fun to do a Mets version of those articles. So here they are, your 2015 Mets’ most extreme home runs, part one:

Longest home run: Lucas Duda, 07/28/15

The Mets’ home run leader in each of the last two years, Duda hit this bomb off of the Padres’ James Shields. The homer gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the first inning of a late-July game at Citi Field. While Baseball Savant and ESPN’s Home Run Tracker disagree slightly on how far the ball traveled—the former says 456 feet while the latter says 462—both agree that it went really, really far.

Shortest home run: Daniel Murphy, 05/19/15

The shortest and softest-hit home run of the regular season was Ruben Tejada’s inside-the-park homer that he dunked into right field against the Phillies at Citi Field in September. For now, we’ll stick to balls that actually went over a fence. Here, Murphy took Michael Wacha (not so) deep to put the Mets on the board in the fourth inning of a game against the Cardinals at Citi Field. According to Home Run Tracker, the ball traveled just 334 feet, while Baseball Savant puts the distance at 339. At 40.2 degrees off the bat, the ball also had the highest elevation angle of any home run hit by the Mets this year.

Highest-apex home run: Yoenis Cespedes, 09/07/15

On the SNY broadcast, Gary Cohen remarked, "I don’t think we’ve seen a higher home run this year than the one Cespedes just hit." He was right. This Cespedes moonshot peaked at a 161 feet off the ground, and was the third-highest home run hit in all of baseball in 2015.

Lowest-apex home run: Michael Conforto, 10/10/15

Conforto’s NLDS Game 2 homer off of Zack Greinke appears a few times on this list. Here, it’s notable for having peaked at just 37 feet off the ground. It was also the most line-drive home run hit by a Met this year, leaving Conforto's bat at just a 17.2-degree elevation angle.

Hardest-hit home runs: Michael Conforto, 09/13/15, 10/10/15

According to Home Run Tracker, Conforto’s shot off of Greinke was the Mets’ hardest-hit home run of 2015, leaving the bat at 118 mph. On the TBS broadcast, Cal Ripen Jr. actually commented on that, saying, "Can’t wait to see the exit speed off of that one." Baseball Savant disagrees, however, and suggests that another Conforto laser—this one against the Braves—actually had a higher exit velocity at 115 mph. (Baseball Savant estimates that Conforto’s homer against the Dodgers left the bat at 114 mph.)

Softest-hit home runs: Lucas Duda, 08/02/15; Daniel Murphy, 06/01/15, 10/18/15

This category has three good candidates. The first is Lucas Duda’s memorable home run against the Nationals on August 2, when the Mets completed a three-game sweep to move into a tie for first place with Washington. Duda’s homer was the third of the inning, and resulted in Citi Field going absolutely bonkers. According to Hit Tracker, it was the softest home run of the Mets’ season, traveling 95.1 mph off the bat.

However, Baseball Savant gives that distinction to a pair of homers off the bat of Daniel Murphy. The first came at Petco Park on June 1, when Murphy swatted an offspeed pitch from Andrew Cashner over the right field fence.

The second came in Game 2 of the NLCS, the fourth of a record-setting six consecutive postseason games in which Murphy homered. According to Baseball Savant, both of these Murphy long balls had an exit velocity of 91 mph.

Fastest pitch hit for a home run: Lucas Duda, 09/29/15

In the ninth inning of a late-September game against the Phillies, Duda drove a 99 mph Ken Giles offering into the left field stands. It was Duda's second homer of the game, and his 27th of the season.

Slowest pitch hit for a home run: David Wright, 04/10/15

The slowest-thrown pitch was a 69.8 mph curveball from Braves lefty Eric Stults, which Wright deposited over the left-center-field fence at Turner Field. It was Wright’s first home run of the year.

Stay tuned for part two, where we’ll look at more extreme home runs from the 2015 Mets’ season!