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Pinstripe Alley Podcast Ep. 130: “This is Fine”

For the second week in a row, we must podcast after a gut-wrenching sweep. Delightful!

MLB: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

To quote Bruce Banner, “So, this is all seems ... horrible.”

A week after podcasting in frustrated fury following the Yankees’ sweep at the hands of the Tigers, we must do essentially the same thing — albeit this time without cursing and more of a deflated exhaustion with this endlessly frustrating group of hitters. The Yankees only managed a four-game split with the Rays and then got pantsed on their own turf by the Red Sox in their first head-to-head of the 2021 season.

The story was more of the same from the offense, which barely homered and mashed into rally-killing double plays at a league-leading rate. (Link to John Griffin’s article that we mentioned here.) It didn’t help that the relief pitching decided to finally take a dive after being so reliable, as even normally good characters were bad: Chad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa, and Lucas Luetge. We saved most of our venting for the lineup that gave them no wiggle room, but they earned a special mention as well.

In short, we’re losing our minds. This can’t keep happening, so it’s up to the Yankees to right the ship in Minnesota. If they can’t do it there? Hooboy.

Our “Meet a Baby Bomber” segment spotlights utilityman Matt Pita and the recently-promoted Chris Gittens, and we wrap up as always with the Yankee & Mitre of the Week. Much like last week, there were too few worthy nominees for the former and too many for the latter.

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!