Its Big Thing To See
Dellin Betances is a strikeout machine and a four-time All-Star. Even with those impressive characteristics on his resume, he is someone who struggled so much down the stretch that when last October came rolling around, he was not in the circle of trust when the Yankees went to the bullpen and fell a game shy of reaching the World Series.
This year it potentially could be different.
While Aaron Judge’s two-run homer in the first inning sparked things and Giancarlo Stanton’s first career postseason homer put the finishing touches on Wednesday’s 7-2 win over Oakland, Betances made a significant contribution with two innings of dominating stuff.
Luis Severino made it to the fifth but opened the inning by allowing consecutive hits. Betances was warming up in the fourth when Severino loaded the bases before escaping but as soon as Severino put two on, manager Aaron Boone sprang from the dugout and in came Betances.
Bringing him in so early in the game was a move not many expected but it was one that worked out splendidly for the Yankees, who enjoyed seeing their eighth-inning guy get six outs in the middle of the game.
“Because Dellin is a stud,” Boone said of using Betances so early. “I wanted him facing — I told him before the game, you may be who I go to in the fourth or the fifth inning potentially if it’s a part of the lineup that I want you facing in that spot. I just felt like he was the guy and so we got him ready for it and he came in and he was lights out.”
It has been 14 years since the Yankees and the Red Sox faced one another in the postseason, and for only the fourth time, the two great American League rivals will tangle in a playoff series.
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