In a surprising move, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has decided to give tonight's starting job to Dellin Betances against the Tampa Bay Rays in the season finale. The outcome of the AL wild card race could be in the hands of the inexperienced 23 year-old.
Only last week, Girardi was adamant about Betances not starting the final game. It looks like the manager had a change of heart when he looked down the roster and saw no other starters available.
The Yankees are less worried about tonight's game than who they will face this weekend in the ALDS-- the Detroit Tigers or Texas Rangers.
The 6-foot-9 Betances, who had surgery early in his career, has a fast ball which hits the mid-90's and a good curve ball.
He's never pitched a game with this much riding on it-- at least for the other team.
Betances spent most of the season with AA Trenton Thunder and was promoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes Barre in August-- where he was 0-3 with a 5.14 ERA.
In his only major league appearance against this same Rays team on Sept. 22, Betances walked four batters and hit another in 2/3 of an inning.
The Rays must be licking their chops.