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Saturday, June 7, 2014
Should Betances be an All-Star?

By Andrew Marchand

Betances
Does 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.

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?