Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SNY: Yankees shouldn't shut down Betances

Photo credit: Keith Allison
Yankees closer Dellin Betances maintains his role simply because the team's first two choices were traded at the non-waiver deadline. Betances might not be trusted with the job without similar circumstances next season, but the Yankees cannot figure that out by shutting down the reliever before the season ends.

Betances has failed to maintain control over the closer's job since enjoying a strong beginning (14 games, 15 1/3 innings, nine saves in 10 chances, 0.57 ERA, 25 strikeouts and five walks) after Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman were traded. Betances has faltered in staggering fashion over his last eight appearances. In six innings pitched during those outings, Betances owns a 15.00 ERA, allowing nine hits, walking eight and striking out 11 batters. He has also made three big errors during the span.

Fans' faith in Betances has understandably waned, due mostly in part because his failures have come with a playoff position on the line. Yankees manager Joe Girardi is trying to look at the full body of Betances' work, versus focusing on the recent struggles.

"He'll bounce back," Girardi told "I'm not concerned about Dellin. This guy's really good."

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