The New York Yankees will face the New York Mets this weekend and next week. In honor of old friend Dellin Betances, here are 68 reasons the Yankees miss Betances. Here is part one and part two will come next week.
The Yankees lost a key piece of their bullpen when Betances signed with the Mets way back over the holidays what seems like 45 years ago. It was upsetting to watch Dellin leave to the crosstown team for nothing more than a one-year prove-it deal, but it happened. I’ve made no secret that over the past five years or so Dellin has been my favorite Yankee. He’s an uber-talented local kid who is a homegrown talent and by all accounts a great person. In honor of the number he wore with the Yankees, here are 68 reasons the Yankees will miss Betances.
14.46: Dellin’s K/9 with the Yankees
The number of relievers with a higher WAR from 2014-2019 than Dellin (Chapman & Kenley Jansen)
2.25: Dellin’s FIP with the Yankees, only Chapman has a better rank.
The number of relievers with a lower ERA from 2014-2019 than Betances
The number of relievers with a better K-BB% than Dellin
40.4%: His K%, bested only by Josh Hader and Aroldis Chapman
He had the best xFIP of any reliever during this time
His SIERA was 2.17 which ranks fourth among relievers
His ERA- was also…fourth best among relievers
He had the tenth most WPA among relievers
He generated the third most soft contact of all relievers at 27.3%
His curveball/slider was the second most valuable behind only Andrew Miller
He had the thirteenth fastest fastball during this time.
He pitched more innings from 2014-2018 than any other reliever.
He’s the first reliever to strike out 100 batters five straight seasons.
Since his debut, he has the three best seasons for a Yankee reliever by WAR