Back at the end of July I was a Yankee fan in full support of trading away veterans to bring up young prospects to rebuild for the future. One of the trades I didn’t support was the trading of Andrew Miller. I thought Dellin Betances should have gone instead. I saw Betances on too many occasions get himself in trouble and then having to pitch himself out of trouble. For the most part he was able to get the save, but things have recently backfired for the sometimes over used closer.
Betances has worked a lot recently, including pitching back-to-back-to-back days several times this year (he did it as recently as last week), and that’s something he very rarely did from 2014-15. Betances took the loss Wednesday after a kinda stupid inning with two errors and one hard-hit ball. Thursday’s crushing 7-5 loss was a full blown meltdown. Either Joe Girardi has gone to the well too often or Betances luck has run out.
The Yankees had a 5-2 lead in the 9th. In came Betances, and four of his first five pitches were out of the zone. Dustin Pedroia drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Then a stolen base, a, double steal. Three steals within his first seven pitches. Brutal. (They were actually scored defense indifferences, but come on.). Then he gets Xander Bogaerts to hit a chopper back to the mound for the second out, then he fell behind in the count 3-1 to David Ortiz and allowed a run-scoring single. Then Mookie Betts pulled a 1-1 pitch through the left side to score another run and put the tying run on third. Bad. Bad bad bad. Betances was obviously fatigued and only half of his 16 pitches had gone for strikes. Fewer were actually in the zone. (He got some chases off the plate.) Then Hanley Ramirez steps up to the plate.
The at-bat against Ramirez was classic bad Betances. He fed him nothing but breaking balls, fell behind in the count 3-1, then tried to throw a fastball by him when his back was up against the wall. Hanley was ready for it and launched a bomb to centerfield. A three-run walk-off home run, game over!
Two disastrous losses in a row. Too many stranded runners, a wasted performance by starter Tanaka, an exhausted Betances , a bad Betances or poor decisions by Giardi. Not sure where the blame is but losses like this remind you this team just isn’t good enough. Hasn’t been all year.
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