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Brian Cashman signs letter endorsing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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A lot of people tell me to stick to sports and to leave politics out of it. I get that and I have tried to ratchet back a bit here compared to the way I used to be. I mean, on Twitter I’m still a full-on obsessive and I’m probably insufferable, but in this space I’ve made an effort to limit it to stories where there is a clear, relevant connection between the social/political matter at issue and baseball.

Like any addict, though, I’m prone to backsliding. When you offer up a story about the GM of the New York Yankees signing a letter endorsing Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee it’s like putting a bottle of Colonel Kwik-E-Mart Kentucky Bourbon in front of Lionel Hutz. From the Daily News:

The Yankees GM signed a letter endorsing Brett Kavanaugh, the conservative stalwart who if confirmed by the Senate will further shift the court to the right in the midst of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s sudden departure from the bench . . . Cashman and Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Prep at the same time in the 1980s, along with current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

That last sentence is a reminder that, for all of our talk about ours being a classless society, the country is run, more or less, by a group of people who went to the same half dozen prep schools and who, if they all met up at once, could fit into a Double-A baseball stadium.

Anyway: don’t tell me to stick to sports when Brian Cashman won’t.

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.