Crappy birthday Jeter

The Yanks got smoked 9-4 by the Dodgers on Saturday in what seemed like the longest game ever.
The less said about that game the better, so here are some quick notes on last night’s shit show:
  • On his 36th birthday, Jeter struck out three times and left six men on base. He did connect on his 318th interleague hit (most all-time), 2,835th career hit and scored twice. Happy birthday Jeet.
  • AJ faced 20 batters and gave up six hits, six runs, six walks with five strikeouts in three-plus innings of work. It was his shortest outing of the season and shortest since 6/9/09 when he went 2 2/3 innings against the Red Cox. His last five outings have been terrible — 0-5, 11.35 ERA, 29 ER in 23 IP, 35 H, 17 BB, 19 SO, 9 HR, opponents hitting .357/.455/.724/1.179 — but Girardi still maintains that AJ will not have any of his starts skipped…despite him pitching much worse than Javy did when he got skipped.
  • Since the Yanks went up 4-2 in the third inning, they left 10 men on base including two on base in each of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th innings. They also went 2-for-12 with RISP.
  • The Yanks walked a season-high 10 batters.
  • Chad Moeller cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • The Yanks are 6-23 this year when allowing five or more runs, while they were 21-45 when allowing 5+ last year. Not sure what that means, but it’s kind of interesting. Also, the team is 30-6 when scoring first (best in AL), but that didn’t help them last night.
  • And just to make you feel worse here’s a stomach punch for ya: Carl Pavano — CARL FU**ING PAVANO — has beaten Roy Halladay and Johan Santana in his last two starts. Check. Mate.
  • On the bright side, Tex has an eight-game hitting streak with three dingers over the past seven tilts and he’s “ballooned” his average from .211 to .230 since June 6.
  • D-Rob has allowed one run over 8 1/3 innings this month while fanning nine and walking three with seven hits. He hasn’t given up a long ball since May 5. This is the D-Rob we grew to love last year.

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