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The New York Yankees are Celebrating, Even Dellin Betances

Betances' problems with command and with holding baserunners when pitching multiple innings will likely continue

The New York Yankees had a historic three-run, walk-off home run by Baby Bomber Gleyber Torres against the Cleveland Indians in a come-from-behind victory that sent fans home cheering on Sunday afternoon:

Earlier in the game, Domingo German had pitched spectacularly in his first start as a Yankee.  German threw six no-hit innings to match Mike Clevinger of the Indians, who also had a no hitter going into the late innings.

German, who had nine strikeouts in the game was on fire and had a performance for the history books:

German, needless to say, will be a welcome sight in the rotation while Jordan Montgomery is out with a strained flexor tendon.  Yankee fans are already asking the question, what if German performs as he did on Sunday for his next several starts, what happens when Montgomery is ready to return?

Another good problem for manager Aaron Boone to have. Particularly since the Yankees have been reportedly interested in adding another starter to their rotation.

One not so good problem for Boone to have was the outing of Dellin Betances.  Brought into the game to start the seventh with German’s no-hitter on the line, Betances was spot on and retired the side in order.

Eric Boland of Newsday writes:

“Entering the day, Betances had not allowed an earned run in his last seven outings, striking out 13 and walking two in 6 1⁄3 innings in that stretch.”

Betances, it would seem, was back to being the feared hard-thrower who was mowing guys down.

However, Boone brought Betances back in the 8th inning since he was staying away from Chad Green and David Robertson who were being rested. Betances gave up a lead-off single to Yonder Alonso and Rajai Davis came in as a pinch runner and Yankee fans knew the running game would disrupt Betances’ outing.

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Betances gave up three straight singles before being replaced by Jonathan Holder and being charged with three runs. Betances second inning of work left Yankee fans criticizing Betances as a one-inning wonder.

Before the season even started, Betances told Pete Caldera of North that he wanted to return to the multi-inning reliever that he had once been for the club. Betances said at that time:

“I feel like that’s what I’ve been my first couple of years (in the majors),’’ said Betances, who turns 30 on Friday. And he’s already told manager Aaron Boone and the coaching that, “(I’ll do) whatever they need me to do.’’

Betances hadn’t worked a multi-inning game since he went two disastrous frames in Toronto on March 31, a game in which he gave up a home run and Kevin Pillar stole home.  The running game has proved to be Betances’ enemy.

When the damage was assessed at the end of the eighth inning, Betances was charged with three runs and a Rajai Davis stolen base and the Indians led 4-0.

But all the Yankees’ problems were solved on Sunday when the 21-year old Torres rocked a pitch over the centerfield fence with one out in the ninth inning.  Torres made history with this rocket, according to Danny Knobler of, “becoming the youngest player in franchise history (21 years, 144 days) to hit a walk-off home run. In doing so he surpassed Mickey Mantle, who was 41 days older when he did it against the Red Sox in 1953.”

Betances’ problems with command and with holding baserunners when pitching multiple innings will likely continue, but, for the time being, these problems fade behind the accomplishments of an offense that never quits and is never out of the game. For Betances, a big offense can cover a multitude of mistakes.


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