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For Jacob deGrom, new Mets bullpen same as old Mets bullpen in loss to Phillies

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For Jacob deGrom, new Mets bullpen same as old Mets bullpen in loss to Phillies

When Bob Gibson’s masterful 1968 season — that 1.12 ERA was truly glorious — is a topic of conversation, one question always pops up: How in the world was he saddled with nine losses when he was that dominant? 

It’s almost like the people asking that question have never watched the Mets on days that Jacob deGrom pitches. Sometimes individual dominance just isn’t enough. 

 

Look, we are not here to make any sweeping generalizations about the 2021 Mets. It’s a new chapter in franchise history, with a new owner (Steve Cohen) and a new franchise icon signed to a lucrative, long-term deal (Francisco Lindor). 

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These are not the same old Mets and we are not going to use terms like “Mets’ing” in this column. We are, though, going to talk about a very familiar problem for the team from Queens, a problem that’s plagued the king of the Mets’ rotation for far too long.

The club’s ace, deGrom, was brilliant in the club’s delayed first game of the season; COVID issues with the Nationals meant the first series was not played as scheduled. deGrom threw six dominant shutout innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out seven Phillies. He threw 77 pitches, with 11 hitting 100.0 mph or higher. His fastest pitch of the night was a ridiculous 102.0, according to StatCast data. 

The Mets led 2-0 when deGrom exited. They lost 5-3. 

That is really and truly an incredible statistic. 

Manager Luis Rojas, after the game, citing that deGrom hadn’t thrown in 10 days, said he pulled his ace after a conversation following his sixth inning of work. 

“Long season,” deGrom told reporters after the game. “Talking to them, it felt like the right decision.”

Here’s another truly mind-boggling set of numbers. 

Rojas brought in Miguel Rojas for the seventh, and he delivered a scoreless inning. The eighth belonged to Trevor May, one of the centerpiece additions to the club’s bullpen this offseason. The veteran right-hander signed a two-year, $15.5 million free-agent deal after posting a 3.18 ERA with 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings in 89 relief appearances covering the 2019 and 2020 seasons. 

May struck out the first batter he faced, but allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. Rojas went to Aaron Loup, a veteran lefty who had a 2.52 ERA in 24 appearances for the Rays last season, before signing a one-year deal with the Mets this offseason. 

Loup was brought in to face lefty Bryce Harper, and he promptly plunked Harper. One run in, bases still loaded. J.T. Realmuto followed with a single. Another run in, tie game, bases still loaded. Just like that the Mets’ two-run lead had completely disappeared. Another brilliant deGrom outing was wasted.

Oh, and it got worse. It always seems to get worse after deGrom exits a gem. Alec Bohm hit a chopper to third baseman Luis Guillorme, who came home with the throw in an attempt to get a force out. Guillorme’s throw was wild. Two more runs scored, and the Phillies led 4-2 

Here’s another avert-your-eyes-Mets-fans stat.

It’s painfully ironic, isn’t it, that the throw that cost the Mets the game was thrown in the same direction as deGrom was throwing strikes all night?

Oh, and then Didi Gregorius delivered a sacrifice fly that plated another run and put the Mets ahead 5-2. The Mets scored once in the ninth but left two runners on base as the Phillies’ bullpen — rebuilt this offseason after being historically bad in 2020 — allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings. 

It’s just one game. It’s not an indictment on the future of a franchise.

But it was a frustratingly familiar feeling for deGrom and Mets fans. 

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Anthony Edwards has no idea who Alex Rodriguez, potential Timberwolves owner, is

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Anthony Edwards, meet Alex Rodriguez: Your potential future boss. Oh, and only one of the most singularly talented, charismatic and controversial MLB players this millennium.

As Rodriguez and e-commerce billionaire Marc Lore continue to finalize a deal with current Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor to take over the Minnesota franchise, reporters began asking current players their thoughts on their potential new boss.

But Edwards, the rookie out of Georgia, has no idea who Rodriguez is, as this exceptionally funny video showcases:

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Hey, at least he’s honest. And the explanation that he simply doesn’t watch baseball — as if only MLB fans know Rodriguez — is pure comedy. It’s not as if Edwards doesn’t understand the sport of baseball, either. In the video below, he describes how he was talented enough as a multi-athlete star to play in MLB had he decided to take that career route:

To be fair, Edwards, 19, wasn’t even born yet when Rodriguez began his MLB career in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners. And he was just 15 years old when Rodriguez hung up the cleats for the final time after the 2016 season.

Still, you’d think he would have at least heard of someone who was a 14-time All-Star selection, three-time AL MVP, two-time Gold Glove Award winner and 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner, among other accolades. And that’s to say nothing of his controversial PED use, which cost Rodriguez the entirety of the 2014 season due to suspension.

Look at it this way: If Rodriguez ends up gaining ownership of the Timberwolves, Edwards will have plenty of future opportunities to learn more about his new boss.

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Aaron Rodgers has perfect response for ‘Jeopardy!’ contestants who whiff on Packers question

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Who are the Green Bay Packers?

Only one of the most historic franchises in the history of the NFL, owner of 13 championships and four Super Bowl victories and the current team of “Jeopardy!” guest host Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and a question on Tuesday’s episode.

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Unfortunately, all three contestants whiffed on the question after Rodgers’ introduction: “In the 1960s, these Midwesterners earned five NFL championship trophies.” Rodgers, of course, referred to Vince Lombardi’s Packers, who won titles in 1961, ’62, ’65, ’66 and ’67 — the latter two Super Bowl victories.

To make matters worse, one of the contestants then managed to correctly guess the Boston Celtics as the team to win the NBA title every year from 1959-66.

At the very least, it afforded viewers the opportunity to watch Rodgers show off his comedic chops. He clearly has picked up a few tricks from his discount double check and State Farm ad appearances. It certainly will do nothing to curb his enthusiasm for hosting the show full-time — while also serving as quarterback for the Packers.

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Jake Paul accused of sexual assault by TikTok star

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YouTube personality-turned-boxer Jake Paul has been accused of sexual assault.

Paul’s accuser, Jasmine Paradise, posted a 20-minute YouTube video on Friday in which she claimed Paul sexually assaulted her at his Team 10 house in Los Angeles. Paradise is a TikTok star with more than 525,000 followers.

In the video, Paradise focused on events she said occurred in June and July 2019; she said she met Paul at his home in July of that year after visiting his house several times with friends starting in June. In the video, Paradise said she and Paul had several awkward encounters at first, but that one night he pulled her into a corner of his studio area and began kissing her. She said she “was fine with that. I did think he was cute.”

Afterward, however, Paradise said Paul took her into his room and began to show frustration at her reluctance to have sex with him. She said he forced her to have oral sex after she told him “No” several times.

“Sex is very special and very important to me,” Paradise said in the video. “But I haven’t had sex with that many people. Normally, everybody respects me when I don’t want to do sexual things, so I thought that it was fine if I went in his room. I thought it would be fine to kiss him, because I thought he would stop if I didn’t want to do anything else.

“He didn’t ask for consent or anything. He knew I didn’t want to do anything with him because he said, ‘If nothing is gonna happen, what’s the point?’ Then he shoves himself in me.

“That’s not okay. On no level at all is that okay.”

Paradise also posted several text conversations between her and Paul, as well as photos and videos of her at his Team 10 house, as proof of her allegations in the video.

Daniel E. Gardenswartz, Paul’s lawyer, said his client “categorically denied” Paradise’s claims in a statement (via the New York Post).

“Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him. While others have already begun to debunk the claim alleged against him, our client categorically denies the allegation and has every intention of aggressively disproving it and pursuing legal action against those responsible for the defamation of his character.”

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