Dellin Betances took the loss in Wednesday afternoon's game against the Blue Jays, allowing one run on four walks in just 1/3 of an inning of relief in the eighth.
In his three appearances in July, the reliever has taken two losses, allowing five runs with one home run and five walks in two innings pitched.
"It's frustrating, obviously," Betances said 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."
Going back to June 27, Betances has been charged with seven runs with 10 walks in just 2 2/3 innings.
"His track record is too good for this to continue," manager Joe Girardi said. "But right now, he's off mechanically," Girardi said. "We're trying to get him right and we're working at it. Right now, he's struggling."
Yes, it's apparent that Betances should not be working through his struggles with games on the line.
It's also evident that Girardi does not see things the way we do. After Betances walked two batters in Wednesday's game, the mechanically unsound reliever should have been taken out right then and there. Betances' spiraling trend was established in the previous five appearances. Why wait? On the hopes that Betances could bring the pitches landing two feet outside the zone closer to the plate? No one except Girardi and Betances believed that could happen.
At issue with this notion is that there are few - if any - bodies in the bullpen that are dominating when they take the hill. That said, crossing fingers and going with "the formula" isn't working, so a break from the norm might allow the chemistry to be re-created.