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Pinstripe Alley Podcast Ep. 129: Happy Thames Have Gone Away

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The Yankees offense hits an absolute wall, gets swept by the Tigers, and makes us lose our minds.

New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

Note: As a warning to young listeners, we will be swearing a whole bunch this episode and it has an explicit tag. We don’t normally do this, but, well, the team’s play has called for it.

Corey Kluber’s no-hitter feels like a million years already, right? Our most recent podcast came out on the day that he made his first post-no-no start with the Yankees on a six-game winning streak.

Since then, Kluber got hurt, Luke Voit returned to the IL, Giancarlo Stanton came back ice cold, and the Yankees’ offense continued its horrifying tailspin. The pitching was able to hide these woes during that aforementioned streak, but in the past week, the hitters have looked about as bad as they’ve been all season. They lost two of three against Toronto, enduring a humiliating sweep in Detroit at the hands of the Tigers, and had dropped the opener of this four-game set against the Rays at the time of recording.

So yeah, we had a lot to vent about. If we had time to record after the walk-off win last night, we might have been less angry, but alas. The lineup has quite a bit to prove anyway, if not only to assure fans that despite the statistics, they do not belong in the same offensive category as the 2021 Pirates. (High bar.) Moreover, we wondered aloud if the regressions of DJ LeMahieu, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, and more are enough to at least discuss whether Marcus Thames should still be the hitting coach for the job. A big week lies ahead against the Rays and Red Sox.

At the end of the show, we “Meet a Baby Bomber” with Janson Junk (Dan Kelly article on Junk linked here) and Nick Green. Then of course, we wrap up with our Yankee and Mitre of the Week. Hint: There were many more folks contending for the latter than the former.

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!