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Joe Girardi: I still consider Dellin Betances a late-inning guy

Joe Girardi said he'll do whatever he can

Joe Girardi said he'll do whatever he can to get Dellin Betances  right. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Joe Girardi said he has no plans to put struggling Dellin Betances in lower-leverage situations.

Not yet anyway.

“I probably wouldn’t use him tonight because he’s pitched two days in a row, but I still have a lot of confidence in Dellin,” Girardi said. “I still consider him a late-inning guy, we just have to get him right.”

Betances has not been right of late. The 29-year-old had a 2.11 ERA this season as recently as Aug. 19, but since then he has a 7.45 ERA in his last 12 games. He’s walked 10 batters in that stretch, which includes the two walks he issued in one-third of an inning Monday night when Girardi felt compelled to call on Aroldis Chapman for a five-out save (Chapman got out of the one-out bases-loaded jam Betances left him in the eighth).

It wasn’t too long ago, of course, that many were clamoring for Betances to permanently replace Chapman as the closer when Girardi demoted the lefthander in mid-August when he was slumping.

But Chapman, after being reinstated as closer, has rediscovered his dominant form of late, posting a 0.93 ERA in his last nine games, striking out 14 in 9 2⁄3 innings.

“We’re going to do whatever it takes to try and get him right,” Girardi said of Betances. “There’s a lot of different things you can do, you can do some work on the side with him if it presents itself. But we’re going to do whatever we can to get him right, just like we did with Chapman.”

Holliday sits again

Matt Holliday sat a second straight game, though Girardi said nothing is wrong with the 37-year-old DH.

“Lefthanders [have hit] the young man we’re facing [Jose Berrios],” Girardi said. “Matty will probably be back in there tomorrow.”

Credit to Ellsbury

Girardi said veteran Jacoby Ellsbury, who has a .417/.533/.563 slash line this month, deserves his share of credit for the Yankees’ recent surge.

“I think he’s had a lot to do with this, the way he’s played the last month, especially,” Girardi said. “It’s kind of how we envisioned Jacoby playing. He’s been a big part of it, and there’s of other guys that have been a big part of it, but he’s been in the middle of a lot of rallies and had some big hits.”

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