Yankees Editorial: Yankees Should Just Name Andrew Miller The Closer


It’s Miller Time! Or it will be once New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi officially names Andrew Miller as the Yankees closer. So far Miller has pitched 6 scoreless innings allowing 1 hit while striking-out 12 batters. For all his trouble he has earned 4 saves. A demonstration of Miller’s prowess could be seen during the Yankees 5-3 win over Tampa Bay this past Sunday. Miller retired all three batters through strikeouts to earn his fourth save.

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At the end of spring training and for the first time in 20 years the Yankees started the season with a closer-by-committee system instead of having a named closer. However, Delin Betances’ performance in Spring Training and throughout the first two weeks of play has been underwhelming to the point where Miller is getting the call in save situations. In 5.1 innings pitched, Betances has walked six batters and allowed five hits. The biggest issues he’s had so far is controlling his pitch and getting his mechanics in order.

While Betances and Miller play well off each other and both have the ability to get left and right-handed hitters out, Girardi has almost exclusively turned to Miller during save situations. Miller, who keeps it simple doesn’t mind not being the designated closer.

"“This is what I signed up for.” Miller said. “That’s what I told them all along. They asked me if I needed to be told I had a certain role or anything like that, and I told them no, and that was the truth. I’ve been telling you guys that all along and that’s really what it is. I think for me, I’m fortunate. I’ve got a nice contract that’s going to take care of me for a while. However they see fit to use me, they can go for it. I’ll do whatever they ask and give them everything I’ve got."

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