With the 2016 season behind us, it’s time to start handing out end of the year report cards to our players on the 25-man roster. Every day, I’ll write about a player and evaluate their season before giving them a letter grade from A to F . I’ll start with pitching, then the catchers, infielders, outfielders and so forth. Today, we’ll start with Dellin Betances, who was once again an All-Star but had a disastrous September due to his ineffectiveness as the Yankees closer.
Ever since the Yankees turned Dellin Betances into a reliever, he’s had success with the Yankees. And while Betances had a good start to his 2016 campaign, earning him an All-Star nod, he struggled down the stretch when the Yankees traded away Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman which made him the Yankees closer.
Overall, Betances had decent numbers for the Bronx Bombers: he went 3-6 with a 3.08 ERA in 73 games, but he blew five saves in 17 tries, lowring his save percentage to 70.6%. On the bright side, he held 54 games and walked 28, which was 12 less than the 40 he walked a year prior. It also is worth mentioning Betances’s K/9 was 15.5, which was up from his 14.0 K/9 in 2015.
Now let’s break down Betances’ numbers by month:.
April: Other than a clunker outing against the Boston Red Sox, Betances had a good start to the season, notching a 2.38 ERA in 11 games.
May: He had another clunker outing against the Toronto Blue Jays in the month of May, but he threw 23 strikeouts in 13 innings, giving him a 2.77 ERA for the month.
June: If you took out September (which we’ll get to in a moment), June would have been Betances’s worst month. He still had a high strikeout to inning rate, but he struggled in three straight outings which ballooned his June ERA to 3.21. It wasn’t a terrible month for Betances because the worst was yet to come.
July: The Yankees saw the real Dellin Betances, as he only gave up two runs in 12 innings, bringing his July ERA to 1.50.
August: August was clearly Betances’s best month, as he only allowed one measly run in 13.1 innings. With the way the second half was going for Betances, you would think he’d finish the season out on a high note.
September: Dellin Betances started the month with an overall 2.08 ERA. He ended the month with an overall 3.11 ERA due to allowing 10 runs on 12 hits in 8.1 innings. His strikeouts were ridiculously down as he only struck out 13 and his ERA for the month was 10.80, making it the worst month of the season.
October: Betances had one outing in October, pitched an inning and retired all three batters he faced. He ended the year with a 3.08 ERA.
The Verdict: Betances had a rare September drop, which was of Chasen Shreve via 2015 proportions. However, it’s safe to say his struggles occurred after he became the Yankees closer. He’s slated to be the Yankees closer in 2017 unless the Yankees can sign someone else to close the games. But given the September he had, it’s safe to say the Yankees will sign a closer this offseason.
So what would be Betances’s final grade?
FINAL GRADE: B