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Dellin Betances strikes out six straight Mets in relief

May 15, 2014, 9:43 PM EDT

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Dellin Betances just wrapped up one of the most dominant relief outings one can possibly have.

Called on to relieve Chase Whitley in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Mets tonight, Betances got Eric Young, Jr. to ground out to third base to end a scoring threat and stand runners at second and third base. The 6-foot-8 right-hander then struck out the side in the sixth and seventh innings, showing off mid-90s heat on his fastball and a nasty knuckle-curve. Four of them were looking.

Betances was once a part of the “Killer Bs,” a group of highly-touted and hyped starting pitching prospects that also consisted of Manny Banuelos and Andrew Brackman, but he disappointed before moving to the bullpen full-time last year. And boy has he found a home there. The 26-year-old now has a ridiculous 1.61 ERA and 39 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings this season. He’s averaging an eye-popping 15.88 K/9. Quite a weapon for New York’s bullpen.

  1. Kevin S. - May 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Beast. Yet another multi-inning weapon for Girardi, along with Warren and Phelps, once the rotation gets healthy.

  2. aresachaela - May 15, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I’m projecting this guy to be a future starter someday with Yeankees.

    • zackd2 - May 16, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      What makes you project him as a SP?
      He lacks control throughout his entire minor league career to be a SP in the big leagues. It’s why he was switched to bullpen.

      • aresachaela - May 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

        Guy’s still 26. I’m positivo he will be one someday. Control? He’s certainly proving it so far this season.

      • Kevin S. - May 16, 2014 at 6:49 AM

        Yeah, he couldn’t maintain his mechanics as a starter in the minors. At all. He was looking like a bust before they moved him to the pen. He’s already failed as a starter.

      • zackd2 - May 16, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        You’re talking about a 20 inning snap shot when he’s asked to throw 1-2 innings at a time. Much different than 5-7 as a SP, which he failed to do in the minors.

        Yes he’s 26. And maybe he figured out control in 20 innings, or will after 80 as a RP this year. But theres no progression to show that’s the road he’s on.

    • pete2112 - May 16, 2014 at 7:36 AM

      Please no. Let’s not have another Joba fiasco. If he’s good in relief, keep him there! The Yankees already destroyed what could have been a long lasting and talented reliever in Joba. Not to say he didn’t have any part in that himself, but I think the Yankees messed around too much. If they’re smart they’ll let Betances continue to mature and do what he’s doing.

      • Kevin S. - May 16, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        Joba was a highly successful starter in the minors who should have been moved back to the rotation after his bullpen cameo in ’07. Betances is a completely failed starter who needs to stay in the pen.

      • American of African Descent - May 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        What you meant to write was “Please no. Let’s not have another [Phil Hughes] fiasco.”

        Don’t worry. I fixed it for you.

      • pete2112 - May 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        American of African Descent,
        No, I meant Joba. I really do believe if they had used Joba as a reliever from day one in the majors and kept him there, he would still be here now by either closing or setting up Robertson. He had explosive stuff when he first came up, but the Yankees put all these rules in place to protect his arm and started to tinker too much by flopping him around as a starter and back to relief.
        As for Phil, I don’t remember him relieving when he came up. He was one of a few who were supposed to be the next future ace of the team. The relief situation came much later after we all knew he just wasn’t as good or consistent as we had all hoped he would be.

    • tuucamaron - May 16, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      If it’s not broken don’t brake it!

    • renaado - May 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      Back to the study table for you Achaela, you still have much yet to learn about this.

  3. 1998yanks - May 15, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Or if Robertson starts to choke he would make a nice closer!

  4. pisano - May 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    It’s all about command, when he’s locating his pitches, he’s just nasty, but when he’s not, he’ll get hit hard, and give up bombs. So far, so good.

  5. mikhelb - May 16, 2014 at 4:09 AM

    Betances looked very good again, I hope the Yankees can manage him well, like they did with David Robertson.

    When Joba first reached the majors he was missused by moving him from starter to relief, to starter and finally again to relief. he never found his niche. Same thing happened with Phil Hughes, his propensity for flyballs was an indicator that things could go wrong at Yankee Stadium towards right field (left and center field are harder to hit homeruns), but the Yanks moved him from relief where he was good, to start again.

    I think that Hughes had a future as a short relief for the Yankees, where he could display his arsenal in one or two innings of work, allowing him to use more speed in his fastball instead of being careful not to run out of air (which it happened often).

    If Betances, Clairborne and Warren settle and are effective, the Yankees bullpen with them in short to middle relief (Dellin and Warren), Phelps & Aceves in long relief, and Robertson+Kelley closing, they could be one of the best bullpens in the AL.

    But is in the starting rotation where the troubles are:

    Sabathia could be lost for the whole season;
    Pineda could also miss a significant portion (I think his recent injury is quite a bit worse than the Yanks say and could be gone until august-sept if not for the whole year);
    Kuroda needs to regain his form.

  6. barrywhererufrom - May 16, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Brackman was the Pete Best of the killer b’s..he didn’t belong

  7. uyf1950 - May 16, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    In a very short time I think Betances will be the Yankees 8th inning guy. He’s under team control through the 2019 season so a combination of Betances and Robertson over the next several years at the back end of the Yankees bullpen could be devastating.

    • unclemosesgreen - May 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      It almost looks like a Rivera / Wetteland replay in the making.

  8. thebadguyswon - May 16, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    He’s filthy. Fun to watch, even as a Mets fan.

  9. jbriggs81 - May 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    There is absolutely no way that the Yanks are going to move Betances back into the rotation. He was incredibly unsuccessful as a starter due to his control issue (which were likely due to his size), and the Yanks already gave him more than enough chances to try and remain a starter before they moved him to the bullpen. They may not have definitely stated that he is no longer a starter – but its just not gonna happen again. Zero percent chance

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