The Yankees topped the Giants 5-2 on Sunday afternoon to come away with the series win.
- Nathan Eovaldi allowed seven hits, but just two earned run, over 6 2/3 innings. Both runs came after Eovaldi had left the game. He walked two and struck out six.
- Chad Green allowed two inherited runners to score in the seventh, but pitched a shutout eighth and ninth inning to earn the save. He allowed three hits and struck out one.
- Carlos Beltran got the Yankees started in the first inning with a solo home run.
- Mark Teixeira followed that up with a solo shot of his own in the second inning.
- Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorious each drove in runs in the Yankees' three-run sixth inning.
The Yankees get another strong performance from their starting pitching to finish 6-4 on the homestand. As I mentioned yesterday, the wins seem to have come as much from fortunate timing as the solid pitching. Neither the Orioles nor Giants were at full strength and the decent record in their last 10 games might not have fooled ownership, evidenced by reports that the Yankees are taking final bids on Aroldis Chapman.
The Yankees would be wise to move Chapman now and see how they fair against the Houston Astros before determining how deep of a sell-off they subscribe to. The next free agent to be with value is Beltran, but he's also their best offensive player. The Yankees might wait until the last minute on Beltran simply because there is no urgency to deal him now.
Imagine the Yankees sneaking within a couple games of playoff position by the end of the month. Would they still pull the trigger on a full blown sell-off? The next week will be interesting for sure.
The Yankees travel to Houston to take on the Astros on Monday night, starting at 8 p.m. ET.