As the New York Yankees saved their season Monday night, the latter innings provided cause for celebration and also reinforced a source of discomfort, one that could color Wednesday night’s Game 5. Their most powerful setup reliever might also be one of the most fragile figures in baseball.
Dellin Betances is a 6-foot-8, 265-pound four-time all-star who, at various points of his career, has viably contended for the title of best reliever in baseball. He is also a solemn danger to the backstop. Betances can be dominant, but he can also spray baseballs in cringeworthy directions. On Monday night, Betances endured another frightening bout with wildness.
Betances entered the Yankees’ 7-3 victory in the eighth and opened his outing with a strike. From there, he unraveled. Betances walked Yan Gomes on six pitches, and then he nearly drilled Francisco Lindor in both the helmet and the belt buckle on the way to walking him in four pitches. Up the dugout steps skipped Manager Joe Girardi to retrieve Betances.
“The first pitch was good,” Betances said. “After that, I felt like I was just a little too amped up. I just got to be able to control myself. I got the first guy on, and I felt a little out of whack. I felt like I had a lot of energy out there. I just got to be able to dial it down a little bit.”
Betances was remarkably cool afterward as a handful of reporters gathered around him. An ice pack around his shoulder, Betances calmly answered every question. He felt “100 percent,” physically, he said. He was “yanking pitches,” and “I got to be able to control myself a little better.” He was “trying to stay positive.” He insisted he was not dealing with doubt.
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Source:: The Denver Post