LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees' Betances A Finalist for 2014 AL ROY

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yankees' Betances A Finalist for 2014 AL ROY

Yankees Universe received some pleasant news yesterday when reliever Dellin Betances was named a finalist for the 2014 AL Rookie of The Year (ROY) Award. Betances faces some stiff competition, however, as he will have to beat out the favorite for the award, White sox slugger Jose Abreu. Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker is also a finalist.

For those who bet on baseball--and for the rest of us as well--Abreu has been a safe wager for AL ROY almost since the season began. He finished the season with 36 HR and a .581 SLG, but also proved he could get it done without the long ball, finishing the season with a .317 AVG.

Sparkling numbers, indeed. However, Betances should finish better than a distant second in the voting.  He was 5-0 with 1 save and a 1.40 ERA in 70 appearances for the Yankees this past season. He also set a franchise record for strikeouts by a reliever, with 135 Ks in 90 innings, breaking  Mariano Rivera's record of 130 in 107.2 innings in 1996.

Perhaps I am showing my Yankees bias, but I like Betances' numbers better than Abreu's.  If I had a say, Betances would definitely get my first place vote.

The winner, of course, was already determined, before the playoffs began. It will be revealed on Monday.  Whatever the case, congratulations, Dellin. You deserve it.

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