— Thumbs up to DMV in Albany; was there Wednesday morning to get my Real ID, which I thought I needed in order to travel again. Turns out they pushed all that back to 2023, but I got the Real ID, crossing one thing off my to-do list for 2023.
— Travel tip; if you’re going to Las Vegas during football season, don’t stay on the Strip if the Raiders are home that weekend. Rooms at the Luxor/Excalibur are both over $400 for the Saturday night of the weekend I was looking at, and they ain’t the classiest joints in town.
Looking at weekends where the Raiders aren’t home, rates are pretty normal.
Rates at the SouthPoint were pretty good for the weekend the Raiders were home; that’s a few miles south of Allegiant Stadium. Good place.
— How pitchers have fared after throwing their no-hitters this season:
1) Joe Musgrove
— Went 0-4, 5.63 in his next five starts, then 2-0, 0.75 in his last two.
2) Carlos Rodon:
— Is 3-2, 2.08 in six starts since his no-hitter.
3) Madison Bumgarner:
— His no-hitter was 7 innings, but it was a no-hitter.
— is 2-2, 3.54 in five starts since; he’s been batting leg problems.
4) John Means:
— Is 0-0, 2.92 in two starts since the no-hitter; not sure where Orioles would be without him.
5) Wade Miley:
— Allowed nine runs in two starts (7.2 IP) since the no-hitter, is currently on the IL.
6) Spencer Turnbull:
— Allowed three runs in six IP, in his first start after the no-hitter.
7) Corey Kluber:
— Left his last start after 3 innings (shoulder), his first since the no-hitter.
— He had thrown 100+ pitches in three of his previous four starts.
— Braves’ OF Marcell Ozuna is out six weeks after dislocating two fingers while sliding headfirst into third base the other night. This is why some guys wear those oven mitts while running the bases, to protect their fingers.
— They showed a clip of Clayton Kershaw’s MLB debut in 2008 yesterday; he was pitching against Albert Pujols who, 13 years later, is now his teammate with the Dodgers.
— Amazon just bought MGM studios for $8B; they figure to use MGM’s massive collection of movies to help market Amazon Prime Video.
— NFL salary cap was $198.2M last year; it’ll be $182.5M this year, because of the pandemic.
— Is it weird that I watched a movie on TV the other night, then just got a recommendation on a similar movie on my phone? Do they track everything we do/watch?
— Lot of baseball in the Big Apple today; twinbills in the Bronx and at CitiField, after lot of rain in New York City cancelled Wednesday’s games.