Dellin Betances has emerged as one of the most dominating relievers in the game this season, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed today that he has seen enough.
Armed with a mid-to-high 90s fastball and an unhittable curveball, Betances has posted a 1.40 ERA in 70 appearances this season to go along with an astounding 135 strikeouts over 90 innings. He struck out 39.6 percent of the batters he faced this season, good enough for fourth among pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. Oh, and about that nasty curveball, Brooks Baseball notes that opposing batters hit just .075 with a .124 slugging percentage against the pitch this year. Just bonkers.
David Robertson is due to become a free agent this offseason, so Betances could take over the closer role for the Yankees in 2015.