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5 Reasons Why Dellin Betances Should Be New York Yankees’ Closer

Making the Case for Delllin Betances as Closer

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The New York Yankees are done with a third of the 2014 MLB season, and many outsiders feel that the team has not fully established an identity yet. One consistent bright spot has been rookie reliever Dellin Betances, who has gone from being given one of the last roster spots this spring to knocking on the door to dominant force. Keeping in mind the latter point, I have come up with five reasons why Betaneces should become the Yankees' closer.

5. Dominant Arsenal of Pitches

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5. Dominant Arsenal of Pitches

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One prerequisite to becoming a dominant closer is the ability to consistently overpower batters, and Betances certainly does this. The 26-year-old has a mid-90s fastball and sharp biting slider that leaves batters feeling overwhelmed which has led to an eye popping 15.35 K/9 rate and 46 percent strikeout rate. While these numbers may be a bit inflated, Betances certainly has nearly unhittable stuff.

4. Ability to Go More than One Inning

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4. Ability to Go More than One Inning

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One thing that made Mariano Rivera so great was that he could consistently go more than one inning, and Betances has shown the ability to do the same in 2014. Out of his 24 appearances, Betances has gone more than one inning on 17 different occasions, although this has often come as a middle reliever. Nevertheless, having a closer who could go more than one inning would be very beneficial, especially in big game situations.

3. Great Performance In 2014

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3. Great Performance In 2014

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Betances has been absolutely dominant during the 2014 season, appearing in 24 games, throwing 34 innings and compiling a 0.76 WHIP, 1.59 ERA, 58 strikeouts and a 3-0 record. Throughout this impressive season, Betances has moved from middle reliever to setup man, and he has not lost any of his dominance in the process. The logical next step is to become closer, and the 26-year-old should be up to the task.

2. David Robertson Is Better Suited To Be Setup Man

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2. David Robertson Is Better Suited To Be Setup Man

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Current closer David Robertson has not been a hindrance at closer this year, but he certainly looks a bit uncomfortable. The 29-year-old's propensity to get locked into and out of jams and log huge pitch counts has made it tough to rely on him multiple days in a row. Furthermore, Robertson hasn't seemed to be comfortable off the field with his new role, as he is seemingly looking over his shoulder at all times.

1. Homegrown Factor

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1. Homegrown Factor

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Yankees fans have always had a deep love for homegrown players, and few come from as close as Betances. The 26-year-old was born and raised in the Bronx, came up through the Yankees' system, and he has the type of calm demeanor that reminds one of a young Derek Jeter. This isn't to say that Betances will be the next great Yankee, but he certainly deserves a shot to earn this title by closing games.