March 9, 2017
Tale of the Tape
Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A converted starter walks into a bar, and um, well I forget how it goes exactly, but the punchline is something about turning into an elite reliever. This week we’re looking at two guys that couldn’t stick in the rotation, and turned into dominant relievers. Imagine that. It’s the Tale of the Tape. It’s Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias. And it’s next.
Dellin Betances, or Dylan as his friends and employers call him (ok, so maybe not his friends), made the jump to the bullpen in 2013 and outside a rocky first six outings, he has been incredible ever since. His ERA ballooned (relatively) to 3.08 in 2016, but he hasn’t been above 1.50 since he became a full-time reliever. Even his ERA hiccup last season can be mostly attributed to bad luck, as 1.71 DRA was actually the lowest in his career, and behind only Andrew Miller and Zach Britton as best in the league.
Iglesias made five starts last season before sliding into the bullpen in late June after a stint on the DL. The results were pretty strong. In 50 innings as a reliever, Iglesias produced a 1.98 ERA. There is a chance that number is a little misleading, however, as he rode a .215 BABIP and 86.1 percent strand rate to excellent run prevention. Even if that number creeps up a bit, he should still provide value in the category. Advantage: Betances