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Mets falling out of first place starting to feel inevitable

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The best way to describe these Mets, at this sleepy juncture of their exhausting season, is to reach over the RFK Bridge and steal a quote from Zack Scott’s Bronx counterpart, Brian Cashman:

“We suck right now.”

Cashman offered that appraisal of his Yankees on June 29, which means the words shouldn’t be too stale. Whereas the Mets, who opened their road trip on Monday night with a 6-3 loss to the Marlins at the ridiculously spelled loanDepot park in Miami, currently look more rotten and moldy than a can of tuna left out in the sun.

Thanks to the Phillies’ 6-5 edging of the Nationals in Washington, the Mets’ National League East lead dropped to 2 ½ games. They should thank their lucky stars that they own such a comfortable advantage after suffering their fourth loss in five tries and dropping to 8-11 in their past 19 contests, not to mention their overall 55-50 mark that would place them fourth, ahead of only the Orioles, in the Yankees’ American League East.

“Every team goes through their ups and downs during the year,” said Pete Alonso, who slammed a solo homer in the third inning, his seventh since the All-Star break. “For us right now it’s just a little rut. I don’t think this is any long-term concern.”

Eh. Alonso added: “We’ve faced a lot of quality opponents and haven’t come out on top as much as we’ve wanted to, but that’s baseball.” If he thinks the Marlins, Pirates and Reds — none of them playoff clubs — constitute quality competition, just wait until the Mets embark upon their 13-game stretch playing only the Dodgers and Giants later this month.

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Jeff McNeil and the Mets hold just a 2.5 game lead in the NL East.
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The Mets again didn’t hit much in this one, their effort compromised by the understandable decision to bench the slumping Michael Conforto (who delivered a leadoff double in the ninth after entering in the eighth as a defensive replacement) and the late pulling of Brandon Nimmo, who is fighting through a left hamstring situation, from the starting lineup (he pinch-hit in the seventh and grounded out). They managed seven hits and four walks, not awful, and J.D. Davis (in the sixth) and Jeff McNeil (in the eighth) sent flyballs to the warning track that might have left other fields. Neither of those occurred, however, when the Mets had a runner in scoring position. The team went a paltry 1-for-10 in those situations.

“I think we’ve gotten away from our team and our organization approach. We haven’t been aggressive consistently,” manager Luis Rojas said. “I think we’re in between a lot.”

They didn’t pitch sufficiently, although to the rookie Tylor Megill’s credit, he found himself down 4-0 after facing just four batters, the underwhelming Lewis Brinson delivering a grand slam, and permitted just one more run over the next four innings. Veteran Trevor May allowed a critical insurance run in the eighth.

They committed a pair of errors, catcher James McCann interfering on Jesus Aguilar’s first-inning swing (which loaded the bases and set up Brinson’s granny) and new guy Javier Baez throwing away a Brinson grounder in the eighth.

Baez’s positioning on that play resulted from a questionable call by Rojas, who played only his corners in, with his middle guys farther back, after the Marlins put men on first and third with no outs in the eighth. Brinson sent a slow roller to Baez, who might have had a play had he been in, but instead went to first, unsuccessfully.

“We were playing ‘three’ up the middle [not all the way back] because … there is a ball that, if it’s hit a certain way, you’re going to have to turn a double play and it’s just tough to get the out at home plate,” Rojas explained. “It’s a pick-and-choose right there for us.”

The pick-and-choose didn’t work, as Baez didn’t have a play at home — a chance to keep the Mets’ deficit at 5-3 — because of where he stood.

Not much worked on this night, just as it hasn’t lately. The Mets suck right now. And if they don’t wake up shortly, they could suck all the way down to second or third place.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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