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Pinstripe Alley Podcast Ep. 143: Surviving September

Kunj is back from vacation and the Yankees’ playoff position has only grown more precarious. Buckle up, folks.

New York Yankees v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

It’s been a weird, rough stretch for the Yankees since their 13-game winning streak, but Kunj was fortunate enough to miss most of it while on vacation. He returned on Saturday though, and what do you know? It coincided with a Yankees victory to snap the seven-game losing streak. Maybe they were just sad without him.

In all seriousness, the Wild Card race has grown much tighter and on Monday morning, the Yankees were out of a playoff spot for the first time in a month. They’re back in it now but remain neck-and-neck-and-neck with the Blue Jays and Red Sox as they trudge on through their run of 20 games in 20 days. The pitching staff still looks tired, Gleyber Torres isn’t a shortstop anymore, and we’re all just trying to hang in there. But hey, the Yankees have now won three of the last four games. Hope springs eternal!

Other topics discussed aside from the playoff race include Jameson Taillon’s injury, Domingo Germán and Luis Severino’s possible returns (again), a possible farewell to Clint Fraazier, a glimpse at the up-and-down schedule ahead, and Kunj’s post-vacation B-Ref WAR update. Oh, and of course, a not-so-modest Yankee and Mitre of the Week.

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!