New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances is working to correct his pitching delivery after his ERA has risen from 0.40 to 3.29 in a two-week span.
"I am too inconsistent with my delivery. With a runner on first, I am trying to go quick,'' Betances said, according to the New York Post's George A. King III. "The timing of my delivery is not there. The stuff is there.''
Betances is 0-3 with a 17.36 ERA and a blown save over his last seven outings, giving up nine runs, five hits and 12 walks over 4 2/3 innings. In his most recent outing Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, he walked four of the five batters he faced.
"It's frustrating, obviously," Betances told reporters after Wednesday's loss. "I don't want to be out there walking four guys, not giving up any hits. That results in runs. Putting guys on, that's not good. Obviously I'd rather give up hits than walk guys."
One scout told Newsday's Erik Boland he thought Betances "didn't look comfortable" on Wednesday, and another attributed Betances' struggles to his 6-foot-8 frame.
"Those mild delivery inconsistencies are normal for the really tall guys," one opposing team scout told Boland.
Betances, who allowed just two runs (one earned) and nine hits in 22 2/3 innings with 43 strikeouts, 14 walks and a 0.40 ERA over his first 24 outings of the season, is still confident in his pitches, and catcher Austin Romine, who has caught Betances in 15 games this season (Betances has a 3.95 ERA in those games) agreed.
"Curveball's still sharp," Romine told Boland. "His fastball's still 99 [mph]. It's a big body. It's hard for him to get stuff going the way he needs it to go. I don't see it lasting very long. As long as his stuff's still there ... that's all you can ask."
Said Betances: "I am in between two different deliveries and it has hurt me."