Earlier this month, Dellin Betances hit a bit of a rough patch. He gave up a home run and blew a save on the 4th of July and then followed that up with another homer allowed and the loss in his next appearance on the 7th. Whispers started about Betances possibly being overworked, as they are wont to do when relievers struggle, and it appeared as though the "Joe is running his guys into the ground" argument was going to start up again. Since that 7/7 outing, however, things seem to be back to normal. Betances has made 6 appearances since that game, pitching 6.2 scoreless innings in those appearances with 2 hits and 3 walks allowed and 10 strikeouts. He's back to throwing high 90s heat on the corners of the zone for strikes and back to burying that fastball down and out of the zone to make guys look foolish.
He crossed the 50 IP mark with his appearance last night, a level that may start to stir more of that workload concern talk among some. But Betances doesn't appear to be affected by his workload in terms of velocity, location, or in-game results and those couple of bad July outings appear to be nothing more than a blip on the radar.
The lesson, as always and doubly for relievers, is don't get too worked up about a couple of poor outings. Sometimes guys are going to miss spots and groove pitches and sometimes hitters are going to hit those mistakes. Dellin quickly returning to form along with the other additions/returns to the bullpen has the Yankee relief corps back at the level it was expected to be at the beginning of the season.