Boone believes Betances will sort out mechanics

Despite wild outing, manager confident reliever is 'not far off'

April 25th, 2018

NEW YORK -- There may be no quick fix for ' inconsistency, according to manager Aaron Boone, who nevertheless believes that the four-time All-Star will straighten out his mechanics and serve as an important piece of the Yankees' bullpen.
Betances followed a pair of scoreless appearances with a wild outing in Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Twins, wobbling after had dealt for six innings. Betances threw 21 pitches (13 balls) and recorded one out, permitting a hit, two walks and firing wildly on a pickoff for an error.
"I truly believe it's not far off and it is in there," Boone said. "It's on all of us to help him get out. If we're going to be as good as I think we can be, he needs to play a huge role in that."
Saying that he was flying open with both his fastball and his breaking ball, Betances believes Tuesday's outing was an aberration when judged against his previous work in 2018. The 30-year-old is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA, having allowed seven runs (six earned) and 12 hits in nine innings, with five walks and 16 strikeouts.
"I've felt good all year," Betances said. "Earlier in the year, it was giving up a couple of home runs early, but I've felt good overall attacking the strike zone. I've given up a little more hits than I would like, but [Tuesday] was the first time I was out of whack completely. I'll try to be better next time out. The more rhythm we get into, the better I'll be."
Betances pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 12-1 win over the Marlins on April 16, then picked up a higher-leverage opportunity last Thursday against the Blue Jays, hurling a scoreless seventh inning in a 4-3 win. Betances downplayed the sporadic workload as a factor.
"It's tough, but at the same time, you can't make excuses," Betances said. "I need to make better pitches. We've been getting a lot from our starters and we've been scoring a lot of runs, so it has been hard to get me in there. Once they come, they come in bunches. I'll try to be better out there next time."
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Scoring changes
's batting average and 's ERA moved in positive directions overnight, as MLB changed a couple of official scoring decisions.
Stanton was credited with an infield hit for his ninth-inning grounder to third baseman on April 12 at Fenway Park. MLB also changed 's hit-plus-error to a two-base error from the Yankees' April 17 game vs. the Marlins, deducting a hit and earned run from Tanaka's ledger.
The extra hit raised Stanton's average from .213 to .225. Tanaka's ERA dropped from 5.28 to 4.97.
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is expected to be on hand for Wednesday's game, though he'll be with the paying customers. The Yankees' top-rated pitching prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, the left-handed Sheffield is currently with Double-A Trenton, which is enjoying an off-day between series. He's 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in four starts, striking out 30 against 11 walks in 22 innings.

"He's someone that we think really highly of," Boone said. "I think he's going to be a good pitcher for us at some point, so it's really encouraging to see him. He struggled a little bit in Spring Training, and to see him now in back-to-back starts where I think he's been strong, striking guys out, pounding the strike zone -- it's good to see him off on a good note and continue to work to eventually get to us."