Mets Game Notes and Lineup for April 7, 2021

Baseball, which plays its championship game after midnight and doesn’t think to play on Saturday afternoons, also thinks Wednesday at 4pm makes sense for a game.

Pete Alonso hit his 70th career home run in his 220th career game last night…He has reached 70 home runs 11 games faster than any other player in MLB history.

That’s quite the statistical oddity.

On this day in 1984, Dwight Gooden made his major league debut at the age of 19…Gooden earned the win, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and struck out five in 5.0 innings against Houston in the Astrodome…Gooden earned a spot on the All-Star team, finished as the runner-up in the NL Cy Young Award race and earned NL Rookie of the Year honors as he finished his first season going 17-9 with a 2.60 ERA (63 earned runs/218.0 innings) with 73 walks and a major league- leading 276 strikeouts…For cool photos and interactive history information on the Mets, please visit the Mets Virtual Vault at metsheritage.com.

Tomorrow’s Mets’ home opener is sold out… In order to enter Citi Field, ticketed guests are responsible for obtaining and displaying proof of one of the following: full vaccination (two weeks removed from final dose), a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the day of the game or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six (6) hours of the game’s scheduled start time…The Mets will be utilizing Health Pass by CLEAR to confirm COVID-19 test results. Health Pass is a free service on the CLEAR mobile app that allows you to link your test results for seamless entry…For more information on testing and proof of vaccination, visit Mets.com/COVIDTestingFAQs…Fans must use a credit/ debit card or mobile payment methods for concession purchases to limit touchpoints as cash purchases will not be accepted in the parking lots, ticket windows, concession or retail stands…Citi Field staff members will clean and disinfect high-touch areas throughout the game.

Bobby Valentine and Joe Torre making 9/11 baseball documentary

As we wait to see if America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be invited to the big game on 9/11/21….

Turner Sports, in conjunction with The Montag Group and Six West Media, has announced the green-light of More Than Just a Game: Baseball Remembers 9/11. The feature-length documentary will tell the remarkable and poignant story of how baseball helped aid both New York and the nation’s recovery in the weeks and months following the horrific attacks in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

…“Sports can be a unifying force, and that was certainly evident in how baseball helped New York and our country come together in the aftermath of 9/11,” said Craig Barry, Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. “We are proud to be able to share those enduring stories through this documentary, as we honor the many sacrifices that were made that day and thereafter.”

“New York City went through a devastating time 20 years ago. How the City rallied and came together showed the true nature of New Yorkers. I am proud to partner with Joe Torre and Bobby Valentine to tell this powerful story,” said Montag.

Puke. Mets suck up to Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager by giving him game ball

Really?

After Albert Almora Jr., squeezed his glove shut with the final out Tuesday night, the baseball was returned to the Mets dugout and was saved. Manager Luis Rojas revealed the ball will be presented at Thursday’s home opener to Cohen, in celebration of the first victory of his regime……

“I just want to say congratulations to our owner Steve Cohen,” Rojas said after the Mets beat the Phillies 8-4 at Citizens Bank Park. “This is his first win as our owner, the first of many to come.”  (Via New York Post)

The Mets have obviously become a cult.

Sterling or Scully: Gary Cohen calls Vulgar Pete’s meaningless home run

Hey just like Pete padded his stats once the Mets were eliminated, Vulgar Pete was as it again, tacking on some points for the Mets to go up by six in the 9th.  Gary Cohen had the call.

That’s a nice proper call by Gary, avoiding any unnecessary track-walling.

Verdict: Scully

But unfortunately for Gary, he does have bad habits.  Here he slips in his track-walling and works in that the OFer is “near the wall” when obviously the ball is ten rows deep.

Under the rules of Sterling or Scully calls must be either/or.  There are no partials.  It’s a good call or it is not.  This is not.

Verdict:  Sterling