During the New York Yankees simulated game on Thursday morning, Dellin Betances looked like he was in midseason form.

Take that, Randy Levine!

The New York Yankees held a simulated game on Thursday morning and after ace Masahiro Tanaka finished his turn, Dellin Betances took the mound and looked filthy.


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He first faced Chris Carter, who slugged a National League-leading 41 home runs in 2016, and sent him down on a nasty curveball. Don’t worry, Chris, batters hit just .126 off that pitch in 2016.

There was no contact made until Carter and third baseman Chase Headley grounded out as the fourth and fifth hitters. After seeing what happened in September (9.64 ERA), this is certainly a good sign for Betances and the Yankees.


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Since coming into the league as a relief pitcher in 2014, the 28-year old setup man has registered the most strikeouts (392) among major league relievers while his 15.53 strikeout-to-walk ratio led the majors in 2016.

His ERA in that span (1.93) is actually greater than the great Mariano Rivera’s first three years as a reliever (1.98). With that in mind, big things could still be on the way for Betances — despite the Yankees’ president’s comments.

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