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Today on Pinstripe Alley - 10/3/23

The MLB playoffs begin, sans Yankees.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 1
Set Number: X86468 TK1 R1 F13

It’s been seven years since MLB last had a postseason without the Yankees, but look, 2021 was a one-and-done. Yankee Stadium never made an appearance. So unfortunately, it’s not that atypical for me to tune into the playoffs when the Yankees aren’t involved. (And that’s to say nothing of 2008 and the mid-2010s as well.)

Pinstripe Alley is going to be tuning into these playoffs as a whole, too. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll have roundups in the mornings after each slate of games, and today, Jake will curate our staff-wide postseason predictions. Also keep an eye out for normal programming, where Noah will discuss how the Yankees’ bullpen was let down by the rest of the team (especially the non-Gerrit Cole rotation), and John will recount Darryl Strawberry’s battle with cancer 25 years ago.

Make sure to get your lists in for the PSA Top 100 Yankees, send in mailbag questions, and take our year-end Sporcle quiz! And feel free to use this as your playoff open thread if you want to discuss the Wild Card Series action. Once the games begin, we’ll pin this to the top of PSA.

Wild Card Series Schedule:

Game 1: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers
Time: 3:08 p.m. EDT
Venue: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL

Game 1: Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Time: 4:38 p.m. EDT
Venue: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN

Game 1: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Time: 7:08 p.m. EDT
Venue: American Family Field, Milwaukee, WI

Game 1: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Miami Marlins
Time: 8:08 p.m. EDT
Venue: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA


1. Name one playoff upset that will happen today.

2. Will the Twins actually win a postseason game this year?!