Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mets game notes 4/24/19

Screwball- The documentary.

Recounting the high-profile doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, director Billy Corben (Cocaine Cowboys) takes us into the surreal Miami underworld that provided performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and other star players. They say South Florida is a sunny place for shady people and this is certainly true of steroid peddler Anthony Bosch and his most notorious client, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees. While Bosch's medical credentials may be lacking, his storytelling skills are first rate as he hilariously details the rise and fall of his "health clinic", including mob connections, financial chicanery, his cocaine habit, and Rodriguez's eccentric behavior. The documentary plays like a madcap Floridian crime comedy in the vein of Elmore Leonard or the Coen Brothers while it raises serious questions about the ethics of professional sports. Powerful interests would be happy to let this story slip from memory, but Screwball makes it unforgettable.
I didn't know if I was going to like this doc or not. I didn't like it. I loved it. They recreated what was going on with kid actors and it was hilarious.. It really feels like it needs to be made into a real Hollywood motion picture. This almost has a Get Shorty feel to it... If you haven't watched it yet, you should... Available on iTunes.

Charity Beer Pong Tournament at Mikkeller

The T7LA General is doing a good thing. He is helping to raise money for the Sunrise Day Camp. The Sunrise Day Camp is a free summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. Want to come out and support the by playing? Email $50 reservation fee before 4/26. $70 after.

Mets Post Game Notes 4/23/19

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies (12-11) vs. New York Mets (13-10)

Mets: Improved to 2-0 this homestand and 4-3 at Citi Field this year...Are 3-2 against Philadelphia this season.
- The Mets are now in sole possession of first place in the NL East...New York improved to 11-7 against the NL East this season. - Have won back-to-back games after losing two consecutive contests.
- Earned their third series win of the season.

Shutout: The Mets earned their second shutout of the year, also Opening Day, March 28 in Washington (2-0)...Notched their first shutout over the Phillies since July 11, 2018 in a 3-0 win at Citi Field.
Vs. Philadelphia: The Mets have won 22 of their last 29 series vs. the Phillies, but dropped the first series this year...New York is 52-29 vs. Philadelphia since the start of the 2015 campaign, including 11-8 last year...New York has outhomered the Phillies, 127-74, since the start of the 2015 season.
Zack Wheeler (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 11 K): Earned the win in his 100th career start...Tied his season-high with 7.0 innings (also, April 17 at Philly)...Owns a 2.32 ERA (24 earned runs/93.0 innings) over his last 14 home starts dating to May 22, 2018.
- Bashed his first career home run in the fourth inning...Drove in two runs in the second inning with a double to right...Was his first double since July 29, 2018 at Pittsburgh and sixth of his career...The three RBI are a career high.

- Finished the game with 11 strikeouts, the fifth double-digit strikeout game of his career and first since August 20, 2018 vs. San Francisco. - Struck out nine of the first 13 batters he faced, including seven in a row.
- Threw his third consecutive quality start and eighth of his last 11 games, dating to August 20, 2018 vs. San Francisco.
- Has not allowed more than three runs in any of his seven previous home starts vs. Philly.

- Has gone 16 consecutive starts allowing no more than six hits, the longest streak of his career. - Is 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA (10 earned runs/38.1 innings) in seven starts at home against Philadelphia.
Zack Wheeler: Struck out seven consecutive Phillies from the second inning to the fourth inning...That is the tied for the fourth-longest single-game strikeout streak in team history...Courtesy of Elias.
Home Run & Double-Digit K Game: Zack Wheeler became the fifth pitcher in franchise history to hit a home run and strikeout 10 or more batters in a game...He joins Jacob deGrom (April 2, 2019 at Miami), Shawn Estes (June 15, 2002 vs. Yankees), Sid Fernandez (September 21, 1989 at St. Louis) and Tom Seaver (May 29, 1973 at San Francisco).
Extra-Base Hits By A Pitcher: Recorded two extra-base hits in the game...Marked the 11th time in franchise history that a pitcher collected two or more extra-base hits in a game...Last time was May 11, 2016 when Noah Syndergaard hit two home runs at Dodger Stadium...It is only the third time it has happened during a home game, also by Sid Fernandez on July 11, 1986 vs. Atlanta (two doubles) and by Gerry Arrigo in game one of a doubleheader on July 17, 1966 vs. Houston (two doubles).
Mets pitchers: Have recorded three home runs this season, which ties them with Arizona for the major league lead.Todd Frazier (1-4, HR, 4 RBI): Hit a grand slam in the fifth inning, the first by a Met this year...It was the fifth of his career and first since August 29, 2018 at Chicago-
NL.Jeff McNeil (0-3, BB, R): Recorded his first career outfield assist, throwing out Maikel Franco at home in the fourth inning.Brandon Nimmo (0-2): Left for precautionary reasons after the third inning with a left oblique twinge.
Phillies: Have lost three consecutive games for the first time this year...Have now lost five of their last six contests...Fell to 4-7 on the road and 2-3 against the Mets....Marks the first time the Phillies were shut out this year.
Zach Eflin (4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R/3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HR): Pitched 4.0 innings, matching his shortest game of the season (also April 13 at Miami).J.T. Realmuto (2-3): Singled twice on the night...Has safely reached base in eight of his last nine games.
Maikel Franco (2-3, 2B): Has safely reached base in each of his last five games...Doubled in the fourth to break up seven consecutive strikeouts...Recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
Upcoming Pitching vs. Philadelphia
Wed., April 24 RHP Vince Velasquez (0-0, 2.55) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (1-0, 9.58) 7:10 p.m. ET (SNY, ESPN, WCBS 880 AM, ESPN 1050 AM)