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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 9/11/21

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The Yankees and Mets continue their prolonged slapfight.

New York Yankees v. Tampa Bay Rays

Round one of the meeting between a car on three wheels and a missing bumper versus a perpetually-burning Dumpster went the way of the Mets. These two teams have been inventing ways to be frustrating of late, but the frustration came solely from the pinstripes last night — they got embarrassed, flat out. There’s still time to pick up the pieces, but every day that slips away feels more and more like a gut punch. A series loss to the Mets on top of all the other failures of late would be truly difficult to bounce back from, so let’s just ... not, please?

Tonight’s game will be headlined by both teams honoring the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11th, 20 years ago. Both teams will have their managers from the 2001 teams on hand for first pitch, and they will both don hats from the NYPD and the Fire Department.

Before the game, take some time to check out what we’ve got for you on the site. Andrés leads off with a look at the Yankees’ pitching depth ahead of a tough road to the finish line, and Kevin reflects on having Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton finally together for a combined campaign against baseballs. Jon examines the curious case of Gerrit Cole’s hamstring strain and how the team has responded to it, Erica muses on Aaron Boone’s reluctance to manage for the moment rather than the long-term, and Peter makes the case that Michael King is the best option to fill in for the rotation.

Today’s Matchup

New York Yankees at New York Mets

Time: 7:45 p.m. EST

TV: FOX

Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280, WCBS 880/92.7 FM

Venue: Citi Field

Fun Questions:

1. Is it now or never for Kluber to turn in a good start?

2. What better thing-to-do will you have on standby should tonight’s game turn into another mess?