Betances (2-2) allowed a run on a hit and a walk, but struck out three batters during 1.1 innings of work to get the win against the Tigers on Thursday. Betances' value isn't as high as it was earlier in the season since he's been releated to a seventh-inning duty, but his strikeouts make him extremely valuable anyway. Betances has a 2.81 ERA, and he's fanned 50 in only 25.2 innings of work.
Betances struck out two in a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the A's. It's the fifth straight appearance in which Betances struck out at least two batters, and only once during that stint did he pitch more than one inning. Overall, the 28-year-old has 42 strikeouts in 21.1 innings and he picked up his 11th hold Sunday, but the return of Aroldis Chapman earlier in the month has largely relegated Betances to seventh inning duty.
Betances gave up a run on three hits in the seventh inning Sunday, striking out two, but got credit for his first win of the season when the Yankees rallied for a 7-5 win over the White Sox. He's been a little more hittable this year than in the past, but Betances' 34:3 K:BB in 17.1 innings is still among the best in baseball. Aroldis Chapman's return puts him further down in the pecking order for saves, but Betances should be able to add substantially to his eight holds on the season as part of the Yankees' dominant late-inning crew.
Betances was responsible for the loss Friday, allowing two runs over 1.1 innings against Boston. It was a rare slip up for Betances, as he allowed a two-run homer to break open a tie game in the eighth inning. After not allowing an earned run in his first nine appearances, Betances has given up a long ball in each of the last two, but he's continued racking up the strikeouts with 24 in 11.1 innings.
Betances needed just 13 pitches to strike out the side in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Mariners, picking up his third hold of the season. Once Aroldis Chapman returns from his suspension in May, Betances will be bumped down to seventh-inning duty in the Yankees' bullpen, but that shouldn't impact his ability to make a strong contribution in strikeouts and ratios. Through six innings this season Betances has yet to allow a run, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out 15.