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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 8/24/21

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Do I hear 11 wins? 11 wins, anyone?

New York Yankees v Atlanta Braves Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The first clash between two of the hottest teams in baseball went in favor of the Yankees last night, and now they face the potential of a quick two-game sweep in Atlanta. The good times are rolling, and if the win streak can get through another Andrew Heaney start then you know for sure that the Yankees are playing exceptional ball. If he turns in another outing like his last one, we might even have to admit once again that Brian Cashman has a way with these out-of-nowhere trades.

We’ve got a wide variety of topic on deck for you today. Jon leads off with a look into what might have been had the Yankees not swiped Anthony Rizzo away from the Red Sox, who were the presumed favorites to trade for the first baseman. Andrés has a double stack of articles, first examining why Rougned Odor may have to be relegated to the bench soon before jumping around to Jordan Montgomery’s breakout campaign, and how finding first pitch strikes has been a significant improvement for him. Jesse muses on some major question marks for the pitching staff down the stretch, and Peter concludes with a breakdown of how Andrew Velazquez and Tyler Wade face an impending roster crunch.

Today’s Matchup

New York Yankees at Atlanta Braves

Time: 7:20 p.m. EST

TV: YES, Bally Sports South, MLB Network (out-of-network only)

Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Venue: Truist Park

Fun Questions:

1. Which version of Andrew Heaney is more likely to show up tonight, the one that just pitched a gem or the Field of Dreams one?

2. A win tonight would give the Yankees a winning record against all of the other division leaders that they’ve played outside the AL East. How would they match up against the ones they haven’t played (the Brewers and Giants)?