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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 9/20/21

This is fine.

Cleveland Indians v New York Yankees Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

By this time next week, the Yankees’ season could either be on life support or getting a second wind. So much rests on their ability to take on the challenges that await them on the final road trip coming up, but it won’t even matter if they can’t take care of business wrapping up this homestand first. The Rangers are in town, and they are not a good team — their best player all year is currently wearing pinstripes — normally, this is a good thing, but this year’s Yankees haven’t shown that to be true. Put out the fire before it gets too bad, and if the season ends against the Sox or Jays then you can live with that — but don’t let it slip away to a bunch of teams whose seasons ended in June.

Before the festivities kick off, we’ve got a lineup of our own to run through. Matt previews this series against Texas, followed by Erin arguing that the Yankees are paying a fair price for Giancarlo Stanton’s services. Jon takes the critics of Gary Sánchez’s error on Saturday to task, Emma articulates how Suzyn Waldman has blazed a trail for others to follow her into a sports career, and I’ll open up the mailbag for another round of your questions.

Today’s Matchup

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers

Time: 7:05 p.m. EST

TV: YES Network, Bally Sports Southwest, MLB Network (out-of-market, only)

Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Venue: Yankee Stadium

Fun Questions:

1. Where will the Yankees be in the Wild Card race a week from now?

2. Does Joey Gallo knock one out against his former team?