Mets reliever Edwin Diaz could have some challengers for the closer job
The Case for Dellin Betances
A newcomer for the Mets, but certainly not a stranger in New York, before signing a 1 year deal with the team this past offseason, Dellin Betances was a multi-time All-Star with the crosstown Yankees and was one of the top relievers in free agency before the Mets scooped him up.
Over his 8 season’s in the Major Leagues, Betances has compiled a 2.36 ERA over 381.2 innings, warranting himself 4 All-Star selections as he cemented himself as a fixture in the Yankee’s bullpen and one of the most feared relievers in baseball.
The reason the Mets managed to score him on a one year deal is because he missed all but one game last season due to a shoulder injury he suffered prior to the season, and during this his one appearance late in the year, he suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon.
Betances appears to have recovered from both injuries, and if he pitches anything like he used to, he should be a very formidable setup man for New York, but in the event the spot opens, he would be one of the teams best candidates to assume the role of closer.
With a mid to high 90s fastball, a nasty curve, and a hard change-up, Betances has always been a high strikeout pitcher, which always makes for a great closer.
In the event both Diaz and Lugo are each unable to closer out close games for the Mets, Betances would be the best option the team could ask for.
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