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Pinstripe Alley Oct 12, 2021
The best performances by Yankees middle relievers in the last decade

The best performances by Yankees middle relievers in the last decade

Photo by Winslow Townson/ Jonathan Loáisiga is just the latest in a long line of relief aces that have been the backbone of the Yankees bullpen over the last decade. One of the defining features of the New York Yankees over the past decade or so has been a strong bullpen. Almost every year, the Yankees’ manager has had at least one reliever who wasn’t the closer put together an electric performance, putting out fires in the middle innings and bridging the gap to Mariano Rivera, Andrew Miller, or Aroldis Chapman. Despite injuries to high-priced relievers Zack...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 2, 2021
Today on Pinstripe Alley - 10/2/21

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 10/2/21

Yankees’ Magic Number The Yankees play their penultimate game of the regular season in a matinee against Tampa. If they win, they’re playoff-bound. There’s no getting around how annoying last night’s loss happened to be. They should’ve scored more than one run in the first eight innings. They shouldn’t have given pivotal late-season innings to Domingo Germán and Albert Abreu when at the very least, Aroldis Chapman and Lucas Luetge were available. Their final two at-bats should’ve been more competitive. Whatever. The Angels did the Yankees a favor by...
Pinstripe Alley Oct 1, 2021
The Yankees have proven the “plug in and play” relief strategy in the second half

The Yankees have proven the “plug in and play” relief strategy in the second half

Sam Greene via Imagn Content Services, LLC The high-priced relief arms aren’t the ones delivering wins. Remember Darren O’Day? How about Justin Wilson? Zack Britton? The Yankees committed $32 million in guaranteed money to those three relievers over the winter, hoping they would combine to form the backbone of a perennially excellent bullpen. Between that trio, closer Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green and Jonathan Loaisiga coming off a strong shortened 2020, the club was expected to have one of the best relief corps in the game once again. Fast forward to October 2021,...
Pinstripe Alley Sep 26, 2021
These Yankees have turned it on at the right time

These Yankees have turned it on at the right time

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Despite poor overall play this season, three Yankees players have contributed in a big way to the stretch run. From virtually every viewpoint other than starting pitching, this has been a disappointing season for the New York Yankees. Chief among these disappointments is the lack of production from pretty much any hitter not named Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton. For me, perhaps the second most disappointing storyline from this season is the implosion of Aroldis Chapman, which seemed to come out of nowhere after a historic start and...
Pinstripe Alley Sep 20, 2021
Yankees 4, Rangers 3: Yanks bullpen twirls gem

Yankees 4, Rangers 3: Yanks bullpen twirls gem

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ It was a tense affair late in the game, but the Bombers held on for the victory. With Robbie Ray pitching for the Blue Jays in their game against the Rays, this game became even more of a must-win scenario for the Yankees, and that’s exactly what they did. Gary Sánchez’s home run set the tone early, the bullpen pitched lights-out, and Aroldis Chapman locked down the save. Things got off to a shaky start with Néstor Cortes Jr. on the mound. He allowed back-to-back singles to Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Andy Ibáñez followed by a wild pitch to put...

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