Report: Betances draws the Game 162 start


After keeping us on pins and needles throughout the night, word leaked that the Yankees will start 23-year-old Dellin Betances tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays, Marc Topkin of The St. Petersburg Times reported. Betances, one of the Yanks’ top pitching prospects, made his Major League debut last week against the Rays but had a less-than-stellar outing. Showing signs of nerves and rust after a long layoff, the tall righty allowed two runs on four walks and a hit batter in just 0.2 innings. Betances, a New York native, split the season between AA and AAA where he sported a 10.1 K/9 IP but walked 5 per 9. While the Rays are trying to win the Wild Card or at least force a Game 163 against the Red Sox, the Yankees will showcase a player who figures to be a part of their future tonight.

Categories : Asides, Pitching
  • Rey22

    Kickass. The beauty of having clinched a while ago.

  • Rockdog

    Very cool — I like it. I hope he can relax a bit and pitch a decent inning or two.

    • Rey22

      I demand a no-hitter. Yanks lose 1-0 cause he walks 4 in a row. Everybody’s happy!

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        no..replace the walks with catchers interference and I’ll be happy.

        • JonS

          Montero or Romine? lol

  • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

    I just love it.

  • Guest

    Wow. Nice.

  • Redsox Lose=Happy me

    Hey mike do you know what his pitch limit will be?

  • CBean

    oh exciting! I’m looking forward to seeing him pitch.


    In other news, Brian Cashman rejected the Red Sox’s trade offer of Josh Beckett in exchange for a Subway gift card and the promise that he’d start against the Rays tonight.

    • Corporate Scum

      I laughed.

      • Alvon

        I didn’t.

  • Rich in NJ

    Must. See. TV.

  • Tiny Tim

    And you can bet that he’s been instructed to serve up a few meat balls to the Rays tonight. It is in our best interests for the Rays and Sox to play a one game playoff and the best way to ensure that is to lose tonight’s ballgame on purpose.

    • chaz

      Proctor served up some meatballs to the Red Sox on Sunday, so as John Sterling would say, “Boston has no kick coming”

      • Tiny Tim

        It’s certainly better than bunting for a single and then removing yourself from the ballgame as Jose Reyes did today. Ted Williams once played both games of a doubleheader, went 6-8, and ended up at a .406 avg for the season. What Reyes did today was dispicable.

        • Guest

          Eh, not paying your child support is despicable.

          Bunting and then removing yourself from a baseball game is not great, but its not something that deserves scorn IMHO.

        • Will (the other one)

          “Dirty tricks” are as old as the game itself. I can’t get too worked up over what Reyes did, to be honest.

    • Ted Nelson

      If Boston loses that doesn’t help force a playoff.

  • radnom

    Very nice. I hope Betances does well and the Yankees lose. Or the Yankees win and the Sox lose. Either way, watching Betances will be fun, and I’m hoping from game 163. Word is that the Sox might trade legit prospects to bring in Bruce Chen just for that game. Not kidding.

    • JimIsBored (Jim S)

      I’m not sure that is actually going to happen, but seeing Bruce Chen pitch a one game playoff for Boston would be incredible.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        Yeah, and who would he be going up against? Gotta believe the Rays would have the upper hand on pitching. If they go to game 163, I don’t see Boston making it to the ALDS.

        • jay

          Probably going against Matt Moore. That has to give the rays at least a 65% chance at that win.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Hope Dellin gains some experience here. And takes a few lumps.

    Go Rays.

  • Nick

    I really dont care about the results, but I want to see Betances do well. If they had called up Whelan it would have been great, they could have had Betances followed up by Brackman, Proctor and Whelan. I cant wait to see the lineup

  • PJ

    lets hope his pitch limit isn’t 50 pitches cause that means we see him for an Inning but in all seriousness i love this idea and i hope he pitches great but the yanks lose

  • MattG

    Betances is auditioning for game three vs Detroit.

    • jay

      hahahaha. a no hitter wouldn’t do it for him

  • Gustavo

    Hope betances does well and gives them some length.. Who else would be available tonight?

    PS: You’re welcome tampa…

    • CP

      Hughes and Logan were both supposed to pitch tonight.

      • JD

        I wonder if balimore will let up. Didn’t the sox embarrass them this year. Paybacks are a

    • Ted Nelson

      Kontos I’d imagine. Ayala maybe.

  • Will (the other one)

    Guaranteed, the Yankees will get absolutely shredded for this tomorrow in the MSM if Tampa wins. Actually, they’ll probably get ripped even if they do win.

    • MattG

      Maybe, but if the Red Sox had Betances, he would’ve started 6 or 7 games for them by now. Nothing the Yankees did caused the Sox to lose 20 games this month.

    • Jorge

      Why? It’s the final game of the season. They have nothing to play for and want to have their rotation in order for the postseason. Non-traditional starters have pitched the final game of the season every year somewhere in the MLB without their teams getting shredded. What the other team is playing for should have no bearing on who the Yankees put out there.

      Now, if it occurs “because its the Yankees,” then you have a point.

      • Will (the other one)

        Yup, that’s exactly the point I was trying to make. Personally, I’m looking forward to watching Betances live for the first time, since I didn’t catch his appearance the other night.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    I’d like to see Betances pitching well but losing is cleary the priority today. If he finishes with more IP than BB then I’ll be happy but he has to give up double digit runs. KICK OUT THE RED SOX, Dellin :D

    • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

      Yes. Let’s give Sux fans a reason to hate the Big Guy even before he starts dominating them for the next 15 years…

  • Monteroisdinero

    Betances is a thrower and far from a finished product. I hope he can locate/not overthrow his fb and throw offspeed pitches for strikes in hitter’s counts.

    He needs to relax and realize the Rays are going to take alot of pitches and not help him out until he proves he has command of his pitches.

    Who will catch? I assume Montero will DH

    • B-Rando

      Gotta be Romine, no?

    • vocabularry

      Simply brilliant insight here. If only Eiland had this wisdom to impart. He’d still be here. Good job

      • JimIsBored (Jim S)

        Dude, are you just trying to piss everyone off?

        • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh

          He’s a bit strange. Kind of dual personality or possibly he forgets to take his meds some days?

          • vocabularry

            Hey Nuke. Why don’t you get in touch with Bored Jim and dazzle him tonight with your blond wig and high heels? He needs a thrill.

            • http://RAB Nuke LaDoosh


        • vocabularry

          No, dude–not trying to accomplish anything here. However, it is obvious what a condescending jackass you are, each and every time you have your incredible desire to demonstrate to everyone else just how keen you are. At least in your world. Thanks for the rulebook. Apply it toward yourself, Dude.

          • JimIsBored (Jim S)

            If anyone else were on your bandwagon, I’d think a bit more about what you’re saying.

            For the time being though, O:S

          • Jerome S

            People like you ruin the internet for everyone.

            • Jesse


      • Monteroisdinero

        Eiland had other problems but thanks for your insights. Very helpful.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    If we meet tampa in the alcs, i demand that they throw game 1 for us, we have helped them big time over the last 5 days

    • Jesse

      Don’t hold your breath.

  • Gonzo

    Hopefully he throws 3 perfect innings then the rest of the non- playoff bullpen gives up the game.

    I would love to see a game 163. Hopefully two of them.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      +1 (especially on the Betances/bullpen comment)

    • JimIsBored (Jim S)

      Agree 100%. Although I really want perfection out of our pen minus Proctor. Let Scott come in in the 5th, give up 4-5 runs, and call it a day.

      • Gonzo

        Haha, have Girardi have him go 4 ip just for old times sake. The Yankees last “Proctor’d” moment.

        • JimIsBored (Jim S)

          You know how we always have a different manager for game 162 if it doesn’t matter?

          Joe Torre.

          • Gonzo


          • LiterallyFigurative

            You trying to give Proctor flashbacks?

  • CMP

    I was really hoping for some combination of Scott Proctor, Sergio Mitre, Kei Igawa, Chan Ho Park with Burnett to close.

    You can never be too careful.

  • JobaWockeeZ


  • Bob Michaels

    Girardi is getting the Yanks set for a reverse roll in the playoffs. and out in three.

    • Heisenberg

      “a reverse roll”

      Is that like a Kaiser roll? Or are you predicting backwards somersaults?

      • JimIsBored (Jim S)

        I would love to see the Yankees doing backwards somersaults while they celebrate #28.

        That would be awesome.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    dallas braden is going to be a guest announcer during the postseason. i hope they have him interview a-rod at some point, preferably on or near the pitcher’s mound

    • Cris Pengiucci

      So who owns the mound in that case, the interviewer or the interviewee?

  • Jesse

    How long will he really go? 1 inning? 2 innings? Hopefully he doesn’t shit the bed like he did in his debut. But, it’s cool he’s starting. At least the game is worth watching.

  • CMP

    What is the Red Sox equivalent of RAB?

    I’ve never done it before but I have a feeling I may want to do some trolling tonight.

    • Cris Pengiucci

      I think the preferred sit is

      • Cris Pengiucci


    • Delaware – Ralph

      don’t troll (come on you hate when it happens here) but if you would like to get some good laughs at the panic comments it (OTM is what you will see it called here at RAB)

    • StanfordBen

      There’s also for some fun reading when they’re losing. Supposedly “elite” fans post there, but it seems relatively similar to here.

  • Bronx Byte

    If Betances gives 4 good innings, bring in Proctor and Brackman to stink it up and give Boston a severe case of the sweats with their overworked bullpen.

    • Dennis

      don’t put Brackman in the same sentence at the “white flag”, at least he has potential.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        And he hasn’t faired too badly in his limited time up. Let Proctor give it all away.

    • JimIsBored (Jim S)

      Fun with small samples:

      Brackman: era/fip/xfip: 0.00/6.03/8.54 in 2 IP.

  • Avi

    Dam it. I was hoping K-Long would pitch tonight.

  • Darren

    I forgot about Igawa! He’s probably back in Japan at this point, but that would have been amazing if (a), the Yankees asked him to pitch and (b) he wanted to do it.

    There was an interesting article about him in the NYT a few months ago.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Betances and Brackman: both huge guys who are so different.

    I like Dellin’s mechanics but he just needs to relax and not try to throw the ball through the catcher.

    I don’t like Brackman’s mechanics but he seems relaxed. I think he can be more with less short arming of his delivery.

    • CS Yankee

      Is one Manilli & the other vanilli?


  • Bill

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Betances’ velocity goes up and he pitches a lot better than he did in his debut.

    • Dennis

      he was sitting 95-96 how up can it go.

      • Bill

        Really? I saw mostly 93 from him that day. At least that’s what was shown on the YES gun.

    • Jesse

      I don’t care about his velocity rising. If he can sit at 93-94 and locate the good results will come. He’s had some outings in the minors this year where his location is on, he has the ability.

      • Bill

        I think his location of secondary pitches is key. Betances has the type of fastball that he can miss location but still get it by hitters. If he’s not able to locate his curve and pitch it for strikes or down in and out of the zone, no one is going to swing at it and they can sit fastball. It’s really not any different from any other pitcher – location is key.

  • CS Yankee

    I would like a Dealin Dellin Domination tonight with all the regulars going yard under the helm of Manager Jorge Posada.

    In the other game, Baltimore beats BoSox 1-0, in a 24 inning battle and Boston leaves for their date with Tampa at 4 in the morning.

    • Gonzo

      This would be ideal.

    • jon

      dellin throws a perfect game but its get blown galarraga style and while dellin is bitching at the ump BJ upton runs around the bases scoring and the rays win the game 1-0

  • Buck Foston

    I think it’s funny that NESN has been peddling $250 bricks during their game telecasts.

    Something tells me their fans have been shitting enough bricks lately. Do they really don’t need any more?

    • CS Yankee

      To throw at their TV’s maybe?

    • Jesse

      If I had the money to waste I’d waste it on one of those bricks that say “Buck Foston” or “Fenway is a dump” Or to be a jackass I can say “27+>7″

  • Jorge

    I am trying my hardest not to root for a loss here, as it’s not something I’d ever do, but I’d love for the lights to go out in Fenway one last time tonight. I really would.

    In other words, go Yanks but, if Scotty Proctor gave it up in the 9th, it wouldn’t be the hardest loss to take this year.

  • Ro

    If played right. We’ll see Betances and Brackman through some quality innings and then Girardi can bring in Proctor in the 7th or 8th and proceed to give up 4 runs. Yanks lose 5-4. Showalter will be managing the game of his life tonight. Everyone is happy!! I pray to god the Red Sox lose! Please please PLEASE lose..

    • Ro

      uhh throw…

  • BK2ATL

    I am a happy guy today. Girardi gave in and gave Betances the final start of 2011. I guess we will see Brackman and Kontos at some point as well. Jesus behind the plate. Laird will play 3B at some point. I love it. I hope all of the kids do well.

    Then around the 6th or 7th inning, Girardi generously gives Proctor, Laffey, and Valdes an inning each. LOL!!!

  • BK2ATL

    I wonder did the Red Sox call Cash to ask about trading for Igawa for today.

    Iglesias + $100K for Igawa?