It might have been a meaningless blowout loss, but Thursday night’s Yankees game will be very memorable for two of the Killer B’s, Andrew Brackman and Dellin Betances, as they made their major league debuts in a 15-8 loss to the Rays.
It was already 13-0 when Brackman entered the game in the 6th inning. The first batter he faced was B.J. Upton whom he got to pop up to left field. In the 7th inning he loaded the bases thanks to a walk, an error, and a single, but he retired Jason Jaso with the bases loaded to escape the jam.
It took him 32 pitches, 20 strikes, to make it through 1.1 innings. His primary pitch was a cutter that he threw 21 times that came in at about 92 mph on average and topped out at 93. He also threw a slider and curveball with his slider being his most effective offspeed pitch on the night as he was able to throw it for strikes consistently.
Betances’ night was quite different, he’ll probably never forget it, but it may not be for lack of trying. He came in to start the 8th and got Reid Brignac to pop out to center to start the inning. After that he walked three batters, hit one to drive in a run, and allowed a sac fly for another run. He then walked one more batter and was lifted from the game.
The New York City product tossed 27 pitches in his debut and only found the strike zone with seven of them. He just looked nervous and was rushing himself out there throwing most pitches less than 10 seconds after the previous one.
The pitch he went to the most often was his fastball which came in at 93 mph on average and topped at 95 mph. He threw just two sliders and two more curveballs. Only once did he throw a strike with his offspeed stuff. They weren’t just missing the zone either, his offspeed stuff just didn’t have any bite either and he is probably somewhat lucky he didn’t hit the zone as his pitches would likely have been hit very hard.
Look at this strike zone plot, was he overthrowing or what?
Just the first game for these two. Maybe they’ll get in one or two more games before the seaosn ends, but it’s possible that this will be the only time they pitch. We’ll likely see both of them next season, especially Brackman who spent all of 2011 in Triple-A. Betances will probably come later toward the end of the season.