Not only has Betances been the most consistent reliever out of manager Joe Girardi's 'pen in 2014, but he's also proven to be an exciting pitcher to watch because of his ability to strikeout any and every hitter he sees.
That reason, in and of itself, is why you should stop whatever it is you're doing when he takes the mound and watch.
Girardi does realize that he's used Betances early and often this year, which is why the Yanks' skipper plans on keeping a close eye on his innings moving forward, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com:
"His workload is very similar to what he’s done before, but I’m very cognizant of his workload and how we’re using him," the manager said.
Such an emphasis on monitoring the use of Betances may lighten the 26-year-old's workload moving forward and force Girardi to start relying a bit more on his other relievers. The addition of Shawn Kelley from the disabled list will certainly help that along.
The rookie reliever has thrown 30.1 innings in 21 appearances. If Girardi wants to slow Betances down, limiting him to one inning per appearance may become a necessity.
It's easier said than done, though. The Yankees will be in a playoff race all season long and being that Betances is the best reliever they have, it's only natural to go to him more often than not when a sticky situation arises.
Girardi has always been a fairly conservative manager, so it's likely he at least tries not to ask so much of Betances—but if he has to choose between losing and Betances, Girardi will go with the latter.
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