Monday, March 10, 2014
TAMPA, Fla . — Dellin Betances snapped off several of them off in a row, the last making Matt Joyce swing and miss so hard a breeze was likely felt on Dale Mabry Highway — behind center field.
But what was it? A slider? A curve? Maybe a slurve?
“My slider is like a slurve,” Betances said. “I don’t know what to call it.”
Whatever it’s named, it helped 25-year-old Betances notch yet another scoreless outing in the Yankees’ 3-3 tie with the Rays at George M. Steinbrenner Field Sunday.
It’s also aided his emergence from potential bust to big-league bullpen candidate. A 2006 eighth-rounder given a $1-million signing bonus, Betances struggled as he climbed the minor league rungs until a breakout 2013 at Triple A.
I saw bits and pieces of yesterday’s game and caught Betances and he did look pretty good. He does have an option left so it’s not a given that he will be in the big league bullpen to start the season, but on merit he seems like he should be.