LADY AT THE BAT: Homegrown Betances Sets Single-Season Yankees Record

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homegrown Betances Sets Single-Season Yankees Record

Regular readers of this blog know the story of Dellin Betances, the set-up man for the New York Yankees. In case you were sleeping and missed it, a new chapter was added to that story last night.

With his 8th inning strikeout of the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier,  his 131st of the season, Betances set a new franchise record for strikeouts by a reliever in a single season, surpassing the great Mariano Rivera who had held the record since 1996.  Here's the record-setting K:

Betances' accomplishment is actually more awesome than Rivera's, as he did it pitching in, for the most part, single innings. Rivera pitched multiple innings during almost every game in 1996.

It's been a stellar season for this hometown boy.  Things might get even more sparkling for him next season. With David Robertson set to become a free agent at the end of this season, it's entirely possible that the Yankees might let Robertson go in favor of Betances. We shall see. For now, let's enjoy, as he tries to add to his new record.

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