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Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett and the Mets

Greetings from Norm Peterson International Airport.

(I love the "Insert fake airport name" gag. Blame Peter Abraham.)

Decided to blog from here given my hotel's odd Internet connection that prevented me from linking to specific stories. In light of that (and also the fact that I have to board my flight back home shortly), let's go right to the links.

At the Yankees' loss to Boston last night, I wrote about Derek Jeter and his continuing struggles.

It's hard to draw any conclusions based on how Jeter looked last night, since a resurgent Josh Beckett made pretty much all of the Yankees look terrible. And as a proud member of the stats geek community, I'll be among first in line to point out that nine games into a season is no time to render serious judgments.

But Good Lord. When you think about Jeter's struggles from last year, how his mechanical adjustment supposedly contributed to a better September and how he has now abandoned that mechanical adjustment...you can't help but be a little alarmed, if you're a Yankees fan.

How about CC Sabathia, by the way? He couldn't locate his fastball last night, and that he allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings made you respect him all the more. What a competitor.

--Phil Hughes worked yesterday on trying to fix what's wrong with him, Jim Baumbach writes.

--Eric Chavez replaced Alex Rodriguez in the Yankees' lineup and has looked good so far. I saw A-Rod walk off the field during the Yankees' batting practice last night, and he had a Grim Reaper look going, with the hood up on his Yankees sweatshirt. He looked absolutely miserable. 

--The Mets lost the game and the series to Washington. With a hot (and good) Colorado team coming into town, you wonder whether the Mets could really start digging themselves a hole here. 

--The Mets' cheap bullpen cost them, David Lennon writes. Hey, at least Jason Isringhausen will get a nice applause when he enters a game. Ryota Igarashi? Probably not as nice.

For what it's worth, I think the way Sandy Alderson handled these early bullpen questions - giving Blaine Boyer a shot because he would've lost him otherwise, convincing Isringhausen to hang out in Florida for a couple of weeks - once again reflects his intelligence. They wanted to see what Boyer could give them. He actually picked up a save, in Florida. And now it's Isringhausen's turn.

--Have a great day. Expect giveaway contests tomorrow and Friday (probably not Thursday, after all).

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