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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 10/11/21

Your rundown as the week opens.

Wild Card Round - New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images

Sometimes, there are nights of playoff baseball where I’m at least a little thankful the Yankees didn’t advance and subject us to some of the more stressful situations the game can conceive. Last night was one of those nights, as Rule 5.05(a)(8) kept the Rays from scoring a crucial run in extra innings against the Red Sox. Boston went on to win the game and take a 2-1 series lead. I can only imagine what things would look like round these parts if the Yankees were jobbed of an extra-inning run because of an obscure rule.

On the site, John tries to get a sense for what the Yankees can expect from Aaron Hicks next season, by looking at players that also suffered a torn tendon sheaths in their wrist, while Esteban explains why Oswald Peraza could became a top trade chip, and Erin examines how the success of secondary players has helped vault teams like the Astros past the Yankees. Josh also undertakes the possibly unenviable task of evaluating Aaron Boone’s 2021 season.

Fun Questions:

1. Will Aaron Hicks be the Yankees’ starting center fielder on Opening Day 2022?

2. Are you surprised by the amount of success the Red Sox have had against the Rays’ pitching in the ALDS?