Monday, September 26, 2016
DELLIN BETANCES MAY JUST NOT BE READY
We love Dellin Betances here at Bleeding Yankee Blue. BYB Senior Writer Erica Morales has been celebrating this man for a few years now and her most recent piece is DELLIN BETANCES STEADY AT CLOSER. You gotta check it out.
Mikey O'Hara wrote this piece about Dellin a while back. 2014 to be exact: DELLIN "ICKY THUMP" BETANCES.
But you have to wonder how the Yankees feel about him as their future closer though. Just being honest. I'm starting to get the feeling that they aren't loving him in that role... yet.
I was reading the New York Post and Ken Davidoff, one of my favorites, and he says there is reason to believe that the Yankees would want Aroldis Chapman back. Interesting...
"With Betances struggling once again Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre, failing to close out his own victory in a 4-3 Yankees loss to the Blue Jays — another soul-crushing defeat on this 2-8 road trip from hell — and with the presidential debate set for Monday night, one clear sentiment emerged:
Dellin Betances, you’re no Aroldis Chapman...
While Chapman is no shorty, at 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, he is far more athletic and graceful afield than Betances. And as a left-hander, Chapman controls the running game far better. Entering Sunday night’s Cardinals-Cubs game, opposing base runners had stolen one base in two tries against Chapman....
If Betances hasn’t necessarily earned a demotion back to setup man, such a reassignment might give the 2017 Yankees their best shot at getting back into October."
And couple that with this... MLB Trade Rumors puts this out there today:
"The Yankees have been rumored to be interested in a reunion with Aroldis Chapman... Signing Chapman in free agency and moving Betances back to a setup role would again give the Yankees an elite end-game pairing."
This is something that is very, very true seeing how Betances has performed lately, I would agree with it. I believe that Betances back at the set up role would be huge for his confidence and helpful for the team, especially if we could get a guy like Aroldis back. Then D could hand off of Chapman and then, over time, he would take over that closing role for the New York Yankees again. No one is saying Betances CAN'T close. I'm just suggesting that maybe Betances isn't ready to close.
Yanks should try and re-sign Chapman this season in my opinion.
What do you think? Comment.