I’m sure the schedule-makers were all excited about this series over the winter. Braves and Yanks. Powerhouses. Head to head. Turns out it’s been a dud, with last night’s anemic effort by the home team being the low point. Actually, the low point was Kyle Farnsworth turning his back on Jorge in the 8th, like some delinquent child not wanting to hear it from a ticked-off parent. This after crossing up the catcher for about the 47th time in 13 pitches. Farnsworth has been terrible of late, as has been Alex, who produced his usual late-inning, crucial-situation K, this followed by a hearty chorus of boos and Alex plocking himself on his helmet with his own bat. We’re tired of defending the third baseman. His numbers in June suck, and the defense isn’t exactly world (or even NL) beating lately. Time to shape up. A slump now, what with Cano also being DL’ed (honestly, could anything more go wrong? Jeter and Moose should be driven home from the park in styrofoam), is really the last thing this club needed. (Cash: Now would be a good time for that extra bat!) And things don’t get any easier in today’s afternoon game. Rubber-armed John Smoltz, Atlanta’s stopper, is on the hill. We show Chien-Ming Wang. We expect a good outing from Tiger. Let’s hope he gets some support. Comments go here.