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Listen to Episode 69 of ‘Pinstripe Pod’: Yankees’ Nightmare Ending to Ugly First Half feat. Rickie Ricardo

Aaron Boone's first half of the season did not go well.
Aaron Boone’s first half of the season did not go well.
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Just when you think the Yankees might be turning a corner, they remind you why they don’t look anywhere close to a playoff team this season. After winning the first two games of the series against the Astros in Houston and holding a 7-2 lead going into the ninth inning on Sunday, they found a way to lose every bit of momentum. Domingo German and Chad Green blew the five-run lead, capped by a Jose Altuve walk-off homer, to hand the Yankees a disastrous loss heading into the All-Star break.

To talk about Sunday’s nightmare and recap a disappointing first half of the season, we bring you a new edition of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson, featuring an interview with the Yankees Spanish radio play-by-play voice Rickie Ricardo.

Pinstripe Pod Opening Segment with Chris, Jeff & Jake:

  • SUNDAY’S LOSS: Why didn’t Aaron Boone put Aroldis Chapman in the game to start the ninth inning? Was a soft landing and perfect spot to try and get his confidence back. Sunday’s heartbreaking loss took a lot away from winning the first two games. You would rather get crushed than lose the way you did Sunday.
  • FIRST HALF GRADE: Guys give the Yankees a D- for their first half of the season. This was supposed to be a World Series contender and now they will be lucky to even sneak into the playoffs. All-Star Game has diminished and lost its luster and become a bit of a joke. Guys don’t even want to play in it like they used to.

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  • NO CHAPMAN: He had to be in that game and Boone fumbled that. With Loaisiga not available, there was no reason not to start inning with Chapman.
  • FIRST HALF: Starting pitching was concern coming into the season. They have missed out on several sweeps that could have changed first half.
  • UPCOMING STRETCH: Games against Red Sox and Rays coming up will decide the season and what Yankees do at trade deadline.

Catch up on all episodes of “Pinstripe Pod,” a New York Yankees podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow the whole crew on Twitter @ChrisShearnYES, @NYNellie43 and @JakeBrownRadio. New episodes of the show are released Mondays and Thursdays.

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