It's not easy to take the mound beneath the bright lights of Yankee Stadium. But Dellin Betances, in just his second full season with the New York Yankees, isn't bothered by the wattage that bathes the team in the Bronx. He just gets people out. Betances is the Yankees reliever who, after posting a 1.40 ERA last year, has somehow gotten even better. He's given up only 10 hits in 24 games, and his ERA sits at a cool 0.00. That's right, as of the time of this writing, Betances hadn't allowed a single run in 27 innings of work.
Betances has been so good that Yankees manager Joe Girardi compared him to sure-bet Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, saying Betances' work this early in his career is better than that of the Sandman.
It's worth noting that Betances has attracted admirers off the field, too. The 27-year-old won the attention of New Era, makers of the official cap of Major League Baseball. He was even invited to make his own cap for Opening Day.
At one point this season, Betances had retired 28 of the 30 batters he'd faced. The other two got on base with walks.
Although it's still early in the season, the 6-foot-8, 265-pound Betances has already set a Yankees record by appearing in 24 straight games without giving up a run.
It's a new era of Yankees baseball. Iconic names like Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Rivera are off the lineup card, Betances—a New York native—is doing his best make sure the lights in the Bronx remain as bright as they've ever been.