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Mets’ trade-deadline task: Adding starting pitcher

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OK, playtime is over.

It’s time for the Mets to make TBD DOA.

No doubts remain over where the Mets must focus their trade-deadline energy, right? Even if the dream, Max Scherzer, now looks far more like a fantasy.

The NL East leaders hope Tuesday night’s 12-5 blowout loss to the Braves at Citi Field marked the farewell to fill-in starting pitchers, as Jerad Eickhoff, drawing his fourth such assignment, got torched to the tune of 10 earned runs over 3 ¹/₃ innings, lifting his 2021 ERA to 8.69.

The 31-year-old, twice designated for assignment by the Mets this season (including just last week), appears headed for the undesired hat trick, as Carlos Carrasco, who came with Francisco Lindor from Cleveland in January, finally should make his Mets debut Friday night, hours after the trade deadline arrives, against the Reds.

“Looking ahead, there’s no blank spot right now,” Luis Rojas said of his starting rotation. “There’s names on each day. There’s no TBDs.”

Combined with newcomer Rich Hill, the Mets will have five healthy, full-time starting pitchers, a phenomenon they have experienced only sporadically this fakakta campaign. Yet even with Jacob deGrom on the mend from the injured list, the Mets surely will require more help in this department to reach the finish line. They know this.

Luis Rojas takes out Jerad Eickhoff in the fourth inning of the Mets' 12-5 loss to the Braves.
Luis Rojas takes out Jerad Eickhoff in the fourth inning of the Mets’ 12-5 loss to the Braves.
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Can they nab Michael Pineda or, even better, Jose Berrios from the Twins? Must they settle for the likes of the Angels’ Alex Cobb or Andrew Heaney?

Can they find another surprise option like Hill, whom the contending Rays gave up, only with a higher ceiling? The beauty and bafflement of trade-deadline week is you can bluff and posture all you want until the expiring clock tells the truth of your intentions.

Scherzer very likely will not be a Met, not after the Nationals told the Mets not to bother with trade discussions because the three-time Cy Young Award winner, who can control his destiny by virtue of being a 10-and-5 player (10 years in the majors, five or more with his current club), purportedly doesn’t want to join them (nor do the Nats seem very excited to hand over Scherzer to an NL East rival). Only the deadline, however, can formalize that fate.

It’s a tough row for the Mets (53-46) to hoe, yet if Tuesday’s result — which kept the losing Phillies (50-50) 3 ½ games behind them in the NL East as the Braves (50-51) closed within four games — brought any good news, it offered further evidence that their offense doesn’t require a major upgrade.

Jeff McNeil extended his hitting streak to 14 games, homering off Atlanta starter (and winner) Charlie Morton and adding a ninth-inning ground-rule double. Pete Alonso singled and doubled. In all, the Mets put together 10 hits and two walks.

“We always have to be exploring ways to improve the club. But as I’ve said before, we have a lot of good position players,” Mets acting general manager Zack Scott said on Monday. “We’re mindful of, if we add a player, it’s a zero-sum game here. We’re taking away at-bats from someone else. We need to make sure it’s actually improving our club depending on acquisition costs.”

Would guys like Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Trevor Story be worth the acquisition costs as well as the disruption of this team’s mojo? In-season position-player deals work best when the import fills a void rather than kicks an established guy aside; think of Yoenis Cespedes joining the Mets in 2015, or David Justice with the Yankees in 2000.

These questions become more meaningful because of the special vibe this group has built, grinding through a blizzard of injuries. Said Scott: “[We] always have to do our due diligence so that we understand not just the kind of the player that we’re bringing in but the kind of person, because I do think it’s important and what we do have in the clubhouse has been pretty special. And we want to keep that going or even add to it.”

The fewer mound TBDs the Mets require moving forward, the more likely they can prevail in this slog of a division race … and pose a threat in October, too.

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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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