The New York Yankees are consistently getting nice outings from Dellin Betances when he checks into the latter part of games setting things up for closer David Robertson. The difference between Betances and Robertson this season is that Betances received an invitation to the All-Star Game in Minnesota while Robertson will watch it from home.
Robertson was tossed into the closer role once Mariano Rivera retired and has done a nice job in his first full season at closer. He has recorded 23 saves this season, losing only two games for the Yankees in 32 appearances. However, according to reports, Robertson and the Yankees have not had any talks about a contract extension. Robertson would like to stay with the Yankees, but with the way Betances has pitched in his first full year, he is setting himself up to become the next closer for New York.
The 26-year-old All-Star has appeared in a remarkable 40 games for the Yankees this season, only allowing nine earned runs in 55.1 innings. He was an obvious choice to make the All-Star Game, and now could start throwing his name into consideration for the closer job.
With the unofficial second half of the season starting later in the week, it will be interesting to see how manager Joe Girardi goes about handling Robertson and Betances. It might be in the Yankees’ favor to start using Betances in the closer role a few times during the year to see how he handles it just in case New York has qualms about re-signing Robertson in the winter.