So, looking at the team the obvious problem is the lefty reliever Boone Logan can’t get batters out. Logan is currently the only left-arm in the bullpen, but what good is having a specialist who lacks a forte?
Lefty-arms are coveted in the world of pitching for obvious reasons; they are are less of them in existence.
Like any MLB skipper, Joe Girardi yearns for a reliable lefty specialist. The guy that can get one or two outs in the eighth inning and preserve a one-run game before handing the ball the great Mariano Rivera in the ninth.
Right now this is a luxury that Girardi doesn’t have, but certainly one he will need with more than half the season to still play.
My answer is because Betances could be that guy for Girardi to call on, and the proof is in his numbers.
Betances might not throw with his left arm, but when facing them he has an ERA of 1.09 this season.
In just shy of 25 innings pitched, Betances has held left-handed batters to .191 average, giving up two home-runs, three earned-run, while striking out 28.
Betances stats against lefties are solid, and even though the information is limited it is still accurate.
One thing I noticed was Betances’ 2.91 GO/AO vs. lefties, as it is almost double in comparison to vs. righties.
What is GO/AO?
GO/AO stands for Ground Ball/Fly Ball Ratio (also denoted by G/F) represents how often a pitcher gets batters out on ground balls versus fly balls; formula: (ground outs) / (fly outs).
To put it in perspective, Rivera currently has a 2.33 GO/AO; David Robertson posts a 2.09 and Joba Chamberlain’s GO/AO before he got sidelined was a 3.64.
Another asset of Betances is his mound presence, and particularly smooth delivery for someone who stands at 6’8.
Without question his best pitch is a fastball that averages 95mph, but he easily knocks it up to 96-98 mph. Betances throws his fastball with complete confidence, and has no problem using it as his out pitch.
Betances, also has a wicked mid-80’s curve-ball, which dips late and gets a batter to swing…that is when he is focused. He has been known to get lazy when delivering and you have to finish strong in order for a curve to be effective.
The last in Betances arsenal is a change-up that clocks around the low 80’s, but as time goes on it is getting closer to becoming a plus pitch.
Pitchers who have Betances height have to work harder than the average because they can get Gumby-like and their mechanics look unnatural, hindering their delivery.
Betances has to stay focused, as he can get inconsistent and lose control at points but as he gets more experience his attitude will naturally play out.
Betances is 23-years-old, has already had Tommy John surgery and on the mound is certainly mentally prepared and I doubt he would scare facing big league hitters.
Fact is Betances is already older than Hughes was when he got the call-up; has already fixed his bad elbow via Tommy John; and came back without any problems thus far. So the Yankees don’t have to worry about ruining his elbow and sit out for a season+ like Joba is currently doing.
I admit the frequent remarks concerning his lack of focus is a little too common an adjective used for Minor Leaguers in general.
My ‘big-picture’ opinion regarding being lazy is that I highly doubt any youngster getting his first nod to pitch for the Yankees or any MLB Team, could ever allow himself to be anything close to sluggish. The only acceptable reason for becoming lazy is if a player is hopelessly missing being in the Minors because it is the ideal way to get sent back down and fast.
For now, just keep an eye out for Dellin Betances because he could be in pinstripes soon and jogging to the bump in the Bronx.
One of the Killer B’s (Yankee prospects Betances, Banuelos and Brackman) is bound to workout, and Yankee fans are chomping at the bit to find out whom.
- Prospect Watch: Catch Harper, Banuelos & Betances This Week (randombaseballstuff.com)
- HBT: Yankees must bring in bullpen relief (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Hartnett: Girardi Needs To Tinker His ‘By The Book’ Approach (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: How The Yankees Bullpen Could Actually Get Better (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: Adios Boone Logan Hello Hughes, K-Rod Or Lil Manny (ladylovespinstripes.com)