You don’t always get a reaction like this from Joe Girardi. He’s supportive of his players, but he reacts a little differently when he’s really, truly impressed.
So, did Dellin Betances look better last night?
“Ohhhh yeah,” Girardi said, stretching out that first word for emphasis. “From the first time he pitched to this time, much much better. Tonight he had good stuff.”
Girardi dismissed some early mechanical and command issues for Betances — “It’s spring training,” Girardi said — and the past two times out, the Yankees top right-handed pitching prospect has shown why his upside is so significant. When he’s able to stay consistent, he can be an outstanding pitcher. During two scoreless innings last night, he looked pretty outstanding, much like what Girardi had seen in a side session a few days earlier.
“What I saw in the side is what I saw tonight,” Girardi said. “Good curveball. Good changeup. Good fastball. Throwing a lot of strikes. I’ve seen a lot of growth between his first outing and this one, which, you expect to see from our guys. It’s what you go through in spring training.”
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