New York Yankees Editorial: The Bronx is Boiling – 1st Half
Jun 26, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; iNew York Yankees relief pitcher Dellin Betances (68) celebrates with left fielder Brett Gardner (11) after defeating the Houston Astros in the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
The bullpen hasn’t been what was expected of it, but the Adam Warren addition and the return of Andrew Miller will beef this bullpen up and make it an unstoppable force yet again.
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Whether or not you are of or against the camp that David Robertson should still be a Yankee, it was the right move not to sign him. He already has four blown saves and a 2.60 ERA. Combined, Miller and Dellin Betances have a 1.32 ERA and only two blown saves. What they needed to find was the gap, and Warren’s return to the bullpen achieves that.
Miller’s imminent return from the DL at the closer slot and Warren’s return to the seventh inning is like pulling off two huge trades. Now, that Warren-Betances-Miller 7-8-9 combo will make it nearly impossible for opponents to win if the Yankees are ahead after six innings. They are already 42-0 when leading after eight innings in 2015. Though not what it was last year (yet) this bullpen is doing ok.
Warren allows Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve to rotate as the situational guy, whether that means pitching an entire sixth inning, or bailing out a starter by getting that last out of an inning. What Warren’s return to the bullpen has essentially done is limit Nathan Eovaldi and CC Sabathia’s erratic starts to five innings. After that, it’s time for the bullpen to shut it down.
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