Shameless Self-Promotion: I got interviewed about a lot of stuff

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Because you people don’t get enough of my opinions around here, I offer you a link to an interview for which I (virtually) sat yesterday with my friend Russ Smith over at SpliceToday.  Among the topics covered:

  • How much money will Derek Jeter make in his next deal and what A-Rod may have to do with it;
  • What I’d do about baseball’s Umpires Gone Wild problem;
  • A somewhat extended discussion of immigration policy in which I am totally unqualified to take part but did so anyway because what is life without bullcrap amateur opinions;
  • How long it takes me to write a post; and
  • Assorted rants about the DH, realignment, the Orioles, the Phillies and how I’m so damn smart to have picked the Braves in the NL East at the beginning of the season.

Other stuff too.  If you like what I write here, you’ll probably like what I went on about over there. If you don’t like what I write here I’m rather shocked that you’re still reading.

Jon Niese leaves start with knee pain

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 17, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.

Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.

Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.

Mark Trumbo’s home run streak ends

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 11:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 11, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-6. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.

Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.

But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.