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Pinstripe Alley Podcast Ep. 134: “Allergic to Sweeps” Week

The All-Star break and MLB Draft have both ended, and prior to that, the Yankees again failed to seal the deal on two West Coast sweeps.

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The last time we podcasted, the first half was essentially over, as half of the Yankees’ season had already been played. Well, now we’re beyond the math, as the All-Star break and MLB Draft are both behind us. The Yankees officially kick off the second half on Thursday night against the Red Sox, and they still have so much to prove.

The Yankees technically ended the first half on a high note with a 4-2 road trip through Seattle and Houston, but once again in a recurring theme of the 2021 season, they entered the finales with a chance to sweep and failed to do so. The second loss was particularly galling, as the Yankees blew a five-run lead in the ninth behind the bizarrely bad Chad Green, who has been otherwise-excellent. There have been some encouraging signs, as the Yankees’ offense has looked a lot better since the start of June and Gerrit Cole looked absolutely filthy in his 1-0 Saturday shutout. But there’s a long way to go.

We also touched on Yankees injury updates, their first-round draft selection of Trey Sweeney, and used the “Meet a Baby Bomber” segment to meet two new draft picks: second-rounder Brendan Beck and sixth-rounder Richard Fitts. Then we wrap it up with the Yankee/Mitre of the Week and some scattered Home Run Derby thoughts.

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!