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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 9/5/21

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The Yankees host the Orioles for the final time in 2021.

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The 2021 Yankees have lost six games to an Orioles club that is going to lose over 100, and it’s been as frustrating to watch as anyone could imagine. Sometimes, though, baseball is just dumb. The 2005 Yankees had a loaded lineup, won their eighth AL East crown in a row, and still managed to go 8-11 against the 95-loss Devil Rays. Honestly, that group is lucky that the Wild Card Game didn’t exist then because they might’ve had to play a one-game playoff against the Red Sox to decide the division otherwise.

Of course, that anecdote isn’t to absolve the 2021 Yankees of their shoddy play against Baltimore. There’s no excuse to playing down to their level and making a pitching staff that entered play yesterday with a 5.81 ERA look like one that could hold its own against the Yankees. Aroldis Chapman’s terrible relief was the crushing blow, but scrounging up only three runs and three hits against the likes of Chris Ellis, Tanner Scott, and company is unacceptable.

Now, the pressure is on the still-recovering Corey Kluber to help the team both avoid a humiliating home series loss and falling behind the Red Sox in the Wild Card standings (Boston now sits just half a game out). Will the Yankees’ offense actually score runs against ...
/checks notes/
... Keegan Akin and his 6.90 ERA?

I mean, they should. But will they? We’ll see.

Today on the site, Estevão will explore Aroldis Chapman’s 2021 struggles on the whole, Matt will recount the notable “all-hitters” in Yankees history (as opposed to “no-hitters”), and Joe will provide the social media roundup. After the matinee, Estevão will return for the weekly AL playoff picture update.

Today’s Matchup

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles

Time: 1:05 p.m. EST

TV: YES Network, MASN

Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280

Venue: Yankee Stadium

Fun Questions:

1. What’s your conspiracy theory for the Yankees’ inability to put away the Orioles in 2021?

2. Do you have any hope whatsoever of the A’s or Mariners catching the Astros in the AL West?