The Houston Astros have played nine games in 2017, and George Springer has now homered to lead off the game four times. He’s the first player in MLB history to homer four times in a team’s first nine games of the season:

The 27-year-old’s latest leadoff blast came on the first pitch of Houston’s game against the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field:

The record for leadoff homers in a season is 13, set by Alfonso Soriano in 2003 with the New York Yankees.

Pitchers may want to start thinking twice about grooving Springer anything to start the game. With five homers this season (including a walk-off dinger), and 29 homers last season, he’s definitely not your usual leadoff hitter.

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