Dellin Betances: My velocity is “nowhere near where it should be”

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Dellin Betances hasn’t been his usual dominant self this spring and the Yankees right-hander seems particularly worried about his decreased velocity, telling George King of the New York Post:

I haven’t asked about it, but it’s nowhere near where it should be. The more I pitch, that will come. Last year in spring training I trusted it more. This year I am trying to do too much instead of trusting what I have. The more I pitch the better I feel. I have always been like that.

It should be noted that decreased velocity for Betances still means throwing 92-94 miles per hour, but he averaged 96.6 miles per hour last year and topped out at triple-digits.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that he’s not worried now, but will be if Betances doesn’t add a few miles per hour between now and Opening Day. Girardi hasn’t said whether Betances or Andrew Miller will serve as the Yankees’ closer, but regardless of the role Betances is one of the team’s biggest keys following a spectacular rookie campaign.

Ronald Acuña Jr. reaches a rare home run milestone

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Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 40th home run in today’s 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. In so doing he become only the third player to hit 40 homers at age 21 or younger, joining Hall of Famers Mel Ott and Eddie Matthews, who hit 42 and 47, respectively, before turning 22. Ott was only 20 in fact.

Home run marks are a dime a dozen this year, of course, so maybe you want to discount Acuña’s accomplishment. Even if you do, though, you can’t discount his wheels. He didn’t have a stolen base this afternoon but he does have 37 on the year and has over a week to swipe three more. If he does he’ll become a member of the exclusive 40/40 club. It’s only current members: Jose Canseco, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

The Braves win clinches at least a tie for the NL East title. They’ll clinch the division outright if either they win or the Nationals lose tomorrow.