Mets Closer Depth Chart: Who is second in line behind Edwin Diaz?
Mets Closer Option – Dellin Betances
One of the Mets’ top signings of last year’s offseason, Dellin Betances has had a rough two years in the MLB, but when he is right, he could be one of the league’s top relievers, and if that ends up being the case, a great option as backup closer as well.
During his time with the Yankees to begin his career, Betances was one of the top relievers in the MLB, being elected to the AL All-Star team four straight years from 2014-2017. In his last full season with the Yankees in 2018, he logged a 2.70 ERA over 66 innings.
Betances missed all but one game with the Yankees in 2019, as he dealt with a bone spur in his right shoulder to begin the year, and tore his Achilles tendon following his return.
After essentially missing a season recovering from two major injuries, the start to the 2020 season had its start delayed by several months due to Covid-19 and did not have a proper Spring Training before its start. All of this lead to a rough return for Betances, and he ended up with a 7.71 ERA over 11.2 innings in his first year with the Mets.
Despite his past two seasons, if Betances regains some semblance of his prior form, he could be a very effective reliever once again, and a viable option at closer for New York if needed. The Yankees were known to hand the ball to Dellin in the 9th inning in the past, as he recorded 36 saves over his 8 years in the Bronx.
Granted, all of this stems from Betances once again being healthy and pitching consistently out of the bullpen, but as Mets fans know, depth is a must-have for any team with playoff aspirations, and if Dellin is right, then the Mets will have yet another viable option to close out games for them.
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