Betances will not be available to pitch in Friday's game against the Red Sox, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. The Yankees had to turn to Betances in a save situation Thursday with Aroldis Chapman ailing, but the club is hoping to have Chapman back for Friday's series opener. Regardless, manager Joe Girardi will avoid using Betances to prevent having him take the mound two days in a row. Look for Betances to be available if needed as early as Saturday.
Betances recorded his eighth save of the season in Thursday's win against the Mets. With Aroldis Chapman (hamstring) unavailable Thursday, it was up to Betances to close the door on the Mets, who had gotten within two after Curtis Granderson's grand slam with no outs in the ninth. Chapman could avoid the disabled list, but if he remains unavailable for any games this weekend, Betances would be in line for more ninth-inning work.
Betances worked around a hit with one strikeout in a scoreless inning to earn his 16th save of the season Monday against the Mets. Aroldis Chapman threw 26 pitches in a blown save Sunday, so Betances was called upon to give him a breather in the two-run victory. The former should be back in the saddle sooner rather than later, relegating Betances back to his setup duties in a deep New York bullpen.
Betances struck out one and allowed a hit en route to a scoreless eighth inning in Thursday's win over the Mariners. With the acquisition of David Robertson, Betances' role as a setup man appeared to be in a bit of jeopardy. While manager Joe Girardi could end up using a mix-and-match approach, the fact that Betances was called upon in a 2-0 game suggests that he'll keep seeing opportunities in the eighth inning going forward. Though he struggled heading into the All-Star break, the time off seems to have gotten the 29-year-old back into form, as he's struck out seven in four shutout innings in the last week.
Betances was tagged with the loss Wednesday after he allowed one run on four walks while recording just one out (via strikeout). It was Betances' second rough outing over his last three appearances, and he has now walked a troublesome eight batters over that span (two innings). He still owns a 3.29 ERA and 16.9 K/9 through 27.1 innings this season, and given his track record, he should work out of this funk and continue to be a solid fantasy piece.
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