After a lengthy rain delay, Yankees reliever Dellin Betances threw an immaculate eighth inning against the Tigers on Wednesday evening. The right-hander struck out Jim Adduci, Justin Upton, and Miguel Cabrera on nine pitches, all strikes.
This is the sixth immaculate inning of the season. Others to have accomplished the feat this year are Drew Storen, Craig Kimbrel, Max Scherzer, Kenley Jansen, and Carlos Carrasco. The last Yankee to throw an immaculate inning was Brandon McCarthy on September 17, 2014 against the Rays. The Tigers were victims of the most recent immaculate inning entering Wednesday, as the Indians’ Carlos Carrasco did it last month on July 7.
Despite Betances’ performance, the Yankees lost 2-0 to the Tigers. After Wednesday’s performance, Betances is carrying a 2.48 ERA with a 72/32 K/BB ratio in 40 innings.
The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.
Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.
While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.