Well folks, I’m unable to perform any physical activities or eat any really solid foods due to the fact I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday, so I apologize if this article starts to ramble. Today I will be examining the new collection of power arms that the Yankees have put together to end games.
Dellin Betances –
Over the past two seasons, Dellin Betances has been a brutally effective arm out of the pen for the Yankees, posting a 1.40 and a 1.50 ERA in 2014 and 2015, respectively. In the process of doing so he averaged about a strikeout and a half per inning, which makes it no surprise that he was an All-Star both years as well. Betances’s pitch repertoire includes a fastball that he can throw up to 100 miles per hour, a cut fastball that runs up to 98, and a knuckle-curve that averages around 83 mph but he can throw as hard as 87-88 as more of a tight slider. Betances also stands an imposing 6’9″ on the mound.
Andrew Miller –
Andrew Miller, who recorded 36 saves in the 2015 season on his way to being the AL Relief Pitcher of the Year, punched out 100 batters in 61.2 innings with a combination of a fastball that can run up to 98 miles per hour and a wipeout slider that can get up to 88 miles per hour. While he doesn’t look quite as intimidating without the big beard that he sported with the Red Sox, a big lefty that slings 98 at you from a low 3/4 slot is still probably not a welcome sight to see as a hitter.
Aroldis Chapman –
Put simply, Aroldis Chapman throws harder than anyone else in baseball. His change-up tops out at 94. His fastball averaged a tick under 100 last year, topping out at 104. His slider runs up to 92, and batters have a career average of .087 off of it. In fact the highest average against on any one of Chapman’s pitches .184, and it’s off his change-up.
You have three guys here that would easily be closers if they weren’t all on the same team. The question now becomes, what order should they be used in since they’re all on the same team? Betances has had tremendous success as a middle reliever, so do you put him in the seventh? Miller had a tremendous season closing for the Yankees last year, but Chapman throws consistently over 100, which lefty do you put in the ninth? Do you want to go lefty-righty-lefty to change up the looks the hitters are getting? Or is it okay to put two lefties back to back since they’re both elite relievers?
To be perfectly honest, I don’t think it matters what order you throw these guys out there, they are going to get outs, and they are most likely going do be one of the best bullpens in baseball.
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