But no, Pineda bounced right back! He out-dueled Keuchel, leading the Yankees to a 2-1 win. It was his second-straight great start. He pitched seven innings, eliminating, at least for one night, the need for a new seventh inning guy. The Yankees are now three games over .500 for the first time this season. They have won seven of their last 11 games.
Is this late-July surge enough? Can they turn it into a late-season surge? Or, is this a false sense of security that will come back to burn them in a few weeks? The jury is still out on this team.
Brian Cashman and the Yankee brass are a part of that jury, and yesterday they could agree only to sell off Aroldis Chapman. Personally, I like the deal very much. Sure, you have no idea what Gleybel Torres will turn into, and the other two prospects could be a bust as well, but on paper, how can you not make this deal? Plus Adam Warren, who pitched well for the Yankees, is now back in the fold, and a prime candidate for the seventh inning role.
The Yankees were not going to get a Major League-ready prospect for Chapman. For Christ's sake, the guy is a free agent at the end of the year! It's a wonder they even got Torres. My assumption is that only if the Cubs were able to get Chapman to agree to an extension would they give up someone knocking at the door of the big leagues.
How the Yankees play the rest of this week will determine whether or not they hear that knocking. Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.