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Pinstripe Alley Podcast Ep. 121: Opening Week Pitching Spotlight

During the first week of the 2021 season, the Yankees’ pitching staff stole the show.

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Opening Day has come and gone, and the Bronx Bombers have begun the season led by the half of their team that was supposed to be more of a question mark — their pitching staff. Although an up-and-down offense has allowed them to drop two games early on, the men on the mound have permitted just 11 runs in 5 games. Not too shabby.

This podcast was recorded prior to Gerrit Cole’s dominant start against Baltimore on Tuesday night, but thanks to his Opening Day outing and other strong efforts from Jordan Montgomery and the middle relievers, there was still plenty of pitching to chat about. Clint Frazier and Gary Sánchez’s hot starts were also points of discussion, as were home run heroics from Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. The rest of the hitters could stand to wake up a bit, though.

Later, we talked about how Yankee Stadium fans should really cut down on the booing, the alternate site in Scranton starting up again, mid-’80s reliever Mike Armstrong (please view his glorious picture), and Rougned Odor for a hot second because the surprise trade broke minutes prior to recording. Naturally, we ended with the Yankee and Mitre of the Week. As Kunj alluded, it’s good to have baseball back (and to watch a giant lizard fight a giant ape).

You can listen to the show on the web player below, or on any of your preferred podcast apps — to name a few, we’re on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, PlayerFM, and iHeartRadio. As a reminder, if you were already subscribed to former host Ryan Chichester’s “Bomber Brothers” feed, then you’re good!