Betancourt won't change approach in new role

Betancourt won't change approach in new role

Betancourt won't change approach in new role
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rafael Betancourt's role in the Rockies' bullpen this year is drastically changing. But the reliever is adamant his approach will not.

The 36-year-old right-hander is entering his 10th career season in the big leagues -- fourth with Colorado -- but his first as a full-time closer. He will be taking over for Huston Street, who was traded to the Padres in December.

"You don't have to change anything," Betancourt said. "Even last year, the six weeks I closed, I didn't change anything I did. Every time I came to the field the same, and this year won't be any different."

When Street was injured at the tail end of last season, Betancourt stepped into the role and racked up a career-high eight saves. He has at least one in each of his nine big league seasons.

Betancourt was traded to the Rockies before the Trade Deadline in 2009 and was instrumental in helping Colorado to the playoffs that season. He is 10-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 191 strikeouts in 150 innings of work for Colorado.

And though Betancourt may add a few saves to those statistics, he doesn't plan to change the way he goes about getting them.

"I don't really want to do that, because that means you're going to put more stuff in your head," Betancourt said. "And I don't want that."