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Yankees giving September call-up Dellin Betances his first start tonight against Rays

Sep 28, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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With their season on the line tonight the Rays will be facing a rookie who was called up a week ago and has never started a big-league game before, as the Yankees announced that they’ll go with 23-year-old right-hander Dellin Betances in Game 162.

Betances is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, but his first and only MLB appearance involved giving up two runs and walking four batters in two-thirds of an inning as a reliever last week.

Prior to being called up Betances split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, throwing 126 innings with a 3.70 ERA and 142/70 K/BB ratio. He has excellent raw stuff and a very bright future, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see Betances struggle with his control tonight. And he’ll probably be a limited pitch count too.

  1. dailyrev - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Does this mean Joe Girardi hates the Red Sox too?

    • kopy - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Could be, but really, who knows. A new pitcher has an inherent surprise advantage of haven’t been seen before by these MLB hitters, and sometimes that can outweigh the potential lack of experience/talent. It could really go either way, and it’s very volatile, but so many times it seems like guys can come up and be effective for a few starts before other teams can get tape on him and adjust.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        It’s been awhile since people got actual “tape” on a pitcher, In this day and age I would not be surprised to see the opposition whip out the iPads (or simile) and by the third inning have video streaming of the rookie’s delivery available.

      • garnermusic - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:58 PM

        It seems that every time the Yankees face someone they haven’t seen before, they get shut down.

    • basiltharat - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM

      Just remember, there’s no way of predicting when the Rays offense will go to sleep. It happens a lot — it’s the main reason I didn’t think they’d keep pace with Boston. And if Betances is sharp, he certainly has the stuff to dominate.

  2. sdelmonte - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Watch. He’ll throw a perfect six innings, and then Boone, Robertson and St. Mo will wrap up a perfect game, while the Sox win 8-6.

    • screename529 - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      Girardi is already on record as saying Robertson, Soriano, and Rivera will be unavailable tonight.

    • dailyrev - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      All seriousness aside, Francona deserves credit for his response to the Yanx using a string of relief pitchers against the Rays: he said that Girardi and his team have earned the right to make whatever decisions they make this week.

      But after all, the Yanx would surely be more attracted to facing Beckett/Lester than Price/Shields in any potential playoff series…

      • zidanevalor - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        You could argue though that the Red Sox wouldn’t even be in this position had the Yankees not taken 3 of 4 from the Rays last week, including sweeping the doubleheader.

  3. baseballisboring - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Go Betances! God…I’m a Red Sox fan, I’ve never rooted for the Yankees so much in a two week period. I feel dirty.

    • apgreco - Sep 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM

      Never rely on the team you hate (the yankees) to control your destiny. This is coming from a Yankee fan.

      • baseballisboring - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:04 PM

        Well, they can’t control it, cause the Sox need to win anyway. But it suuuuuure would help if the Yanks beat the Rays tonight.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      Look on the bright side, how often on a wednesday morning can you GUARANTEE that your team will lose no more than 2 games this week?

  4. killabri - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Betances is a great prospect, but one does have to wonder how many innings he’ll get tonight. Betances had a “ligament reinforcement procedure” (originally believed to be Tommy John surgery) in 2009, and his previous high in IP in a professional season was 121 in 2008. He currently sits at 126 IP for the year, and while I realize that isn’t a huge jump by any means, I’m sure the Yanks will want to be cautious tonight with one of their stud pitching prospects. Should be a lot of fun watching him tonight. Hopefully the Rays can get something going off him early, although their offense has been so spotty throughout the year who knows. 5 runs is a magic number for the Rays: They have won their last 23 contests in which they have scored at least that many.

    Whether you’re a fan of the Rays, Sox, Cards, Braves, or just along for the ride tonight, nights like these are what make baseball great.

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Sep 28, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    I wish they would just send Tony Pena to the mound tonight.

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