Should Betances be an All-Star?

June, 7, 2014
Jun 7
11:45
AM ET
BetancesAP Photo/Jeff RobersonDoes rookie Dellin Betances deserve a spot on the All-Star squad? We've got our take; what's yours?
Former Bleacher Creature Dellin Betances is mastering his rookie season from every angle.

On Friday night, working the eighth, he dialed up the velo to 99 to strike out Lorenzo Cain to begin the eighth. Against Mike Moustakas, the next batter, he went mostly with his 82-85 mph slurve for another punch-out.

SportsNation

Does Dellin Betances deserve a spot on the AL All-Star squad?

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

Discuss (Total votes: 1,732)

The strikeouts gave him 61 on the year, by far the most of any reliever in baseball. The Royals' Wade Davis is next with 44.

His workload, 36 innings, is second to Oakland's Dan Otero in the AL. Betances' ERA is 1.50 His intimidation factor is off the charts.

Even his attitude is right on point. Asked last week if he has thought about being an All-Star, he answered with precision.

"I really haven't," Betances said. "I'm just thinking about today."

There are some closers who have a good chance of making the AL All-Star team. The Royals' Greg Holland leads the AL in saves with 17. The Yankees' David Robertson deserves consideration after replacing Mariano Rivera.

For people who watch the Yankees every day, Betances' value is at least equal if not greater than Robertson's. He is a multiinning weapon, just as Rivera was in 1996. His metamorphosis has been amazing.

Just two years ago, Betances wasn't about to quit the game, but he wasn't having any fun -- and he wanted to leave Triple-A to regroup. Now, he is so good his performance makes us wonder if he should be an All-Star setup man, just like Robertson was in 2011. So ...

Question: Is Betances an All-Star in your opinion?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.


TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .284
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 60
RB. Gardner 77
OPSB. Gardner .781
ERAH. Kuroda 3.94
SOM. Tanaka 135