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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 8/17/21

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A big day in the Bronx begins.

Los Angeles Angels v New York Yankees Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images

The last time that the Yankees and Red Sox faced off, it felt like the death knell to the season. The Yankees desperately needed to make ground against their biggest rivals, and they tripped and fell all over themselves en route to losing three out of four when they probably could have won two of those lost games. Reports of the Yankees demise were greatly overexaggerated, however, and they’ve gotten into a new gear since that series.

The Sox have looked drastically different too — in all the wrong ways. Boston has taken their own stumble, letting Tampa slip past them for the division lead and coming perilously close to burning through their wild card lead. In fact, a fortunate result today could see the Yankees and Red Sox swap places in the standings for the first time since early in April. When they’ve gotten close to this point previously, the Yankees imploded seemingly on command — this is their chance to prove that they’re actually different than the team that was stuck in the doldrums for so long.

The doubleheader today is going to eat up a lot of coverage, but we’ve still got some content for you to browse beforehand. Dan gets you caught up on the past week down in the minors, and Peter previews the Red Sox ahead of this pivotal matchup. Then, we’ve got a pair of Zack Britton pieces for you — John takes an analytical look at just what is wrong with him, while Emma appeals to a more artistic angle to discuss his struggles.

Today’s Matchup

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox

Game one:

Time: 1:05 p.m. EST

TV: YES Network, NESN, MLB Network (out-of-market, only)

Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Game two:

Time: 7:05 p.m. EST

TV: WPIX, NESN, MLB Network (out-of-market, only)

Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Venue: Yankee Stadium

Fun Questions:

1. Who do you have more confidence in for today’s games, Jordan Montgomery or Luis Gil?

2. What’s more likely, Gallo, Judge, and Stanton all hit homers today (across the doubleheader) or Andrew Heaney pitches a clean outing tomorrow?