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Yankees Quick Hits by Bryan Revello

5/16/14

  • I hate the fact that Shawn Kelley is hurting because he has done a nice job early on and was especially good when filling in at closer when Dave Robertson was hurt earlier in the year. However, I think this is the circumstance that Joe Girardi needed to start using Dellin Betances more in high leverage situations as I have been calling for since opening day. Betances has been absolutely lights out this season highlighted by an insane 39 strikeouts in 22.1 innings. If he keeps this up, he may have a future as a closer one day.
  • What can I say about Yangervis Solarte? We were all surprised by his hot start and questions about his ability to perform over the long haul started to creep up when he slumped for a few weeks in late April/early May. However, he has been as hot at the plate as any Yankee this past week hitting .400 with 3 homers, 7 runs and 8 RBI. Although his overall performance has been streaky, I find his patience at the plate and his ability to work pitch counts extremely impressive. He sometimes reminds me a little bit of a young Miguel Tejada offensively. The Yankees have to be to be extremely pleased at his performance thus far.
  • Following up my quick hits from last week about AL pitchers hitting in NL ballparks, did anyone see Masahiro Tanaka’s first career base hit? He actually looked more comfortable at the plate than I had anticipated but still predictably struck out in 4 of his 7 at bats. On the flip side, the fact that he has still yet to lose a game this season is impressive (no jinx).
  • Remember Opening Day 2014 when the Yankees pitching staff looked really strong on paper and there was a battle for that fifth spot in the rotation? Here we sit just six weeks later and the pitching staff has suffered many hardships from injuries to ineffectiveness. It is becoming increasingly important for all teams to have deep rotations and guys that are ready waiting in the wings because injuries are as common as ever and the Yankees lack of starting pitch depth within the organization is now on full display.
  • It is disappointing that after coveting Carlos Beltran for so many years, the Yankees finally got him…but they got the 37 year old version of him. He likely defied the odds by staying healthy for the Cardinals these past two years but now it appears as if elbow surgery is on the horizon for him. The Yanks are hoping he can avoid surgery but I doubt that will be the case given his age and the reported injury. Let’s hope for the best.

About the Author

Bryan Revello is the Editor in Chief for New York Sportscene. A New York Yankees analyst and enthusiast, he can be heard talking about the New York Yankees on the Spadora on Sports radio program. Questions or comments can be sent to Bryan at bryan@nysportscene.com.

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