Dellin Betances has hit a wall in September and hit it hard. He’s allowed 13 runs in 8.1 innings this month while also putting 19 guys on base. Two nights ago Dellin faced three batters and didn’t retire any of them before giving way to Tommy Layne. Opponents have hit .282/.404/.385 against Betances in September. Dellin Betances is officially broken
The biggest problem with Betances, as it often is, are the walks and an overall lack of control. He’s walked eight in 8.1 innings this month after walking 20 batters in his first 63.2 innings of the season. The other night Dellin threw three strikes out of eleven total pitches, and he wasn’t exactly missing just off the plate. It wasn’t a bunch of borderline calls going against him. He was all over the place!
A few years back the Yankees project him as a starter. He walked 69 batters in 74.2 innings as Triple-A starter in 2012, then another 16 in 24 innings in 2013 before being moved to the bullpen full-time. Forced into the closer role due to the dismantling of “no Run DMC”, Control continues to plague him. Usually control problem are due to a pitcher’s mechanics. Why have Betances’ mechanics fallen out of whack? There are a million possible reasons. It could be fatigue. Mental, physical or both. Maybe he tired, or maybe the pressure of closing for the New York Yankees is just too much. If you witnessed his meltdown in Toronto, you know what I mean.
At 28 he is still part of the Yankee youth movement. He is a total mess right now, and to me it seems to be mechanical more than anything. He’s just out of sorts and needs to get himself back on track. It’s not the first time he’s gone through this — it’s the first time he’s done at the MLB level, but not in his life — and chances are it won’t be the last. He’s worked his way out of it before. Will the Yankees look at him as their closer of the future, or do they move him back to set-up guy? Only Brian Cashman, Joe Giardi and Dellin Betances can answer that.
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