Dellin Betances becomes go-to guy in bullpen

Dellin Betances

Before the season began, Dellin Betances was just fighting for a role on the roster. He knew he wasn’t going to be a starter, but he had a chance to grab a spot in the prestigious Yankees bullpen. Once Betances had a role in the pen, he never let go, proving that he is the Yankees “go-to guy” when things look unsettling in certain situations. If anything, Betances proved last night just how important he is to the Yankees, getting Eric Young Jr. to ground out to end the fifth and then retiring six batters on strikeouts. There’s no doubt manager Joe Girardi is very impressed with what he’s seen so far.

“He was really impressive,” Girardi said. “What did he strikeout six out of seven guys? He’s continued to grow in front of us, and today he did it without throwing a lot of pitches – just a ton of strikes. I think his confidence is just going higher and higher every time he takes the mound.”

Fans have wondered with Betances’s electric stuff why he isn’t the set-up man, or why he isn’t the Yankees closer–or even why he’s not in the rotation. The rotation and Dellin Betances’s names should never be in the same sentence; he’s found his niche in the bullpen. Also, Betances can’t be the closer because David Robertson (who is 7-for-7 in save opportunities) is the pitcher replacing Mariano Rivera. The Yankees don’t want to put labels on Dellin Betances, but there’s no doubt his stuff has opened eyes.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of where we project that he’ll be, but I will say this: He’s got a gift,” he said. “He’s got a very good fastball and a very good curveball, and he’s not a comfortable at-bat. Where he ends up, none of us know, but he’s got good stuff.”

So, what does Terry Collins, manager of the New York Mets, think about Dellin Betances after witnessing just how powerful he is first hand?

“I’m glad we don’t have to see him for awhile.”

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10 Responses to Dellin Betances becomes go-to guy in bullpen

  1. His curveball is so sick that it has full blown AIDS. Possibly better than D-Rob's. If only he can control it and his mechanics to truly become an exceptional pitcher.

    • David K. says:

      Big, tall guys will naturally have more difficulty repeating their mechanics. He seems to be improving quickly, so that's a great sign. He had a heck of a night. Other than Mariano Rivera in 1995-1996, I can't think of a recent Yankee middle reliever who came into a game and looked so dominant.

      • David Robertson for the last 3 years?

      • Mike Sommer says:

        Like Rob said. Especially Robertson in 2011, when he was 4-0, had a ridiculous ERA of 1.08 and struck out 100 in 66 2/3 IP. Robertson was so good that year that besides being an All-Star, he actually got a CYA vote (finished 11th) and he also got MVP consideration (finished 22nd).

      • Roy says:

        David. Your point is right on. Big guy repeating mechanics. If he were a starter, he would likely fall out of sync. As a reliever, he comes in focused. Throws his 12 pitch inning a waves bye-bye. Not to say that he should not be allowed to pitch two innings, particularly since he is better than the set up guys.

        I liked Ron Davis as a middle guy. Was it 1980? Also Jeff Nelson in his first time around. Kerry Wood. I wish he wanted to stay in NY.

    • Steve B says:

      A very VERY inappropriate analogy regarding sick and full blown AIDS….Kids read this blog. As an adult, you should know better.

    • donna says:

      Rob your attempt at humor leaves little to be desired, full blown AIDS is nothing to banter about. Find another line, thanks

  2. Michael R says:

    I'm just happy he's from the "farm". Maybe more of the "farm boys" could produce if given the opportunity. I think the Yanks are beginning to realize they need to give these kids a chance before they go outside of the organization. Just knowing that your organization rewards improvement will motivate these kids, and some of them will fill the bill.

  3. tomy cassella says:

    where did the yanks get this pitcher named Daly from. whenever he pitches , he's lights out.