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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 5/8/21

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The Yankees prepare for a prime pitching matchup matinee.

Washington Nationals v New York Yankees
Max Scherzer, Yankee Stadium (2015)
Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images

Being over .500 was fun while it lasted, right? A lackluster effort from the Yankees’ bullpen and defense doomed them late against the Nationals last night, and suddenly, they’re back to 16-16. If they want to stop this losing streak in its tracks and return to the over-.500 promised land, then they must take down a future Hall of Famer: Max Scherzer. He’ll start this afternoon against Corey Kluber in a historic matchup that features a combined five Cy Young Awards. Kluber hasn’t maintained that form quite like Scherzer though, so the Yankees will be behind the eight ball.

This morning on the site, Dan will talk about the promising starts from the first four hitters in the Low-A Tampa batting order (who are all top-30 prospects), Andrés will compare Aroldis Chapman’s blazing hot start to his previous excellent seasons to see what he’s doing better, and Erica will explore what’s improved and what’s worse about Kyle Higashioka’s at-bats compared to 2020. Later on, after the game, Matt will offer up a history lesson on the Yankees’ worst Opening Day starter ever.

Today’s Matchup:

New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals

Time: 1:05 p.m. ET

TV: YES, MASN2, MLB Network (Out-of-network only)

Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Venue: Yankee Stadium

Fun Questions:

1. Do you pin last night’s collapse more on the bullpen or the defense? Or is it too much of a shared burden to decide?

2. Which of the two starters would you have rather had in his Cy Young Award-winning prime, Scherzer or Kluber?