The New York Yankees are sending three representatives to San Diego for this year’s midsummer classic and their names are Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller.
Coming into this season, everyone expected the New York Yankees back end of the bullpen to be historically epic. It’s now proven to be true as Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller have punched their ticket to San Diego.
Betances owns a 2.63 earned run average with a league-leading 74 strikeouts across 41 innings of work en route to his third consecutive All-Star game appearance.
Miller has maintained the ninth best ERA among American relievers with at least 20 innings pitched (1.47) with 66 strikeouts in 36.2 innings while striking out. In total, both of the duo’s strikeouts per nine innings sit above 16.
As a side note, according to Newsday, entering this month the trio of Betances, Miller, and closer Aroldis Chapman owns 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings which are on pace to set the record for the best rate in modern baseball history.
Thanks to the duo that was just selected to baseball’s 87th midsummer classic, Yankees’ bullpen has been in a class of its own in regards to strikeouts this season. The gap between them (11.14 K/9) and the second place Mariners (10.10) is larger than that of Seattle and the eighth place Chicago Cubs.
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One thing’s for sure, the Yankees’ back-end of the ‘pen is epic and they are sending two key components to play with the best of the best.
Now, for more of a surprise, Carlos Beltran has earned his ninth trip to baseball’s All-Star game thanks to his revival. Through 77 games played here in 2016, the 39-year old owns a slash line of .296/.337/.567 with an OPS of .903.
Additionally, his 19 home runs already matched his total from 2015 while he ranks in the Top-10 in home runs (second-most among AL outfielders), OPS and slugging percentage.
Find me someone who saw this coming from Beltran this season, and I’ll show you a liar.
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Here’s a look at the rosters that will go at it next week. Coverage will begin Nationally on FOX starting at 7:30 PM ET on July 12. Yankee fans, you won’t want to miss this one.
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