|MIAMI ( WORLEY )|
PHILADELPHIA ( THOMPSON )
|903||MIAMI||-125||Ov 10,-110||-140||Ov 10,-130|
|904||PHILADELPHIA||+115||Un 10,-110||+130||Un 10,+110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-48||+7||49-42||4.9||0.266||0.326||0.419||0.744||4.7||0.251||0.326||0.396||0.722|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-3||5.3||0.257||0.328||0.409||0.738||4.9||0.246||0.300||0.457||0.757|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-60||-26.4||42-41||4.0||0.249||0.310||0.391||0.700||5.1||0.268||0.330||0.438||0.768|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||5-2||6.1||0.268||0.323||0.520||0.844||6.4||0.302||0.364||0.486||0.850|
|8/10/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||2-3||L||140||9 ev||U||6||8||0||7||4||0|
|8/14/2017||CONLEY(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)||8-3||W||-145||8.5 ov||O||11||8||0||7||7||0|
|8/15/2017||STRAILY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||4-9||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||12||8||2||14||4||1|
|8/16/2017||URENA(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||8-1||W||-185||9 ov||P||10||9||1||8||8||2|
|8/18/2017||NICOLINO(L)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)||3-1||W||-105||10 un||U||5||5||1||7||6||0|
|8/19/2017||WORLEY(R)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)||1-8||L||100||9.5 ev||U||6||7||3||8||4||0|
|8/20/2017||CONLEY(L)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)||6-4||W||165||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||7||5||1|
|8/22/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||12-8||W||110||9 ov||O||14||4||0||8||2||0|
|8/22/2017||URENA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)||7-4||W||-110||10 ev||O||13||9||0||8||6||1|
|8/23/2017||NICOLINO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEITER JR.(R)||0-8||L||-120||10 ov||U||2||3||0||11||7||0|
|8/24/2017||WORLEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||THOMPSON(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||CONLEY(L)||SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/26/2017||DESPAIGNE(R)||SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||STRAILY(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|8/28/2017||URENA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)|| |
|8/29/2017||NICOLINO(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/10/2017||VELASQUEZ(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||0-10||L||+140||8.5 ev||O||4||3||0||13||6||1|
|8/11/2017||PIVETTA(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||6-7||L||-110||9.5 un||O||13||11||1||13||6||0|
|8/12/2017||NOLA(R)||NY METS||MATZ(L)||3-1||W||-145||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||3||6||0|
|8/13/2017||EFLIN(R)||NY METS||FLEXEN(R)||2-6||L||+100||10 ev||U||7||9||1||12||7||0|
|8/14/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||4-7||L||110||8 ev||O||11||10||1||10||9||1|
|8/15/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||4-8||L||155||8 un||O||6||3||2||8||6||0|
|8/16/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||0-3||L||125||8.5 un||U||3||5||0||7||6||1|
|8/17/2017||NOLA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-5||L||110||7 ev||O||9||6||0||9||8||0|
|8/18/2017||EFLIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)||2-10||L||145||8.5 ev||O||4||6||1||12||4||1|
|8/19/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)||12-9||W||135||8 ov||O||13||5||2||14||9||1|
|8/20/2017||LIVELY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||5-2||W||215||8 ev||U||13||8||0||10||8||1|
|8/23/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||MIAMI||NICOLINO(L)||8-0||W||+110||10 ov||U||11||7||0||2||3||0|
|8/25/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|8/26/2017||LIVELY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/27/2017||NOLA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/29/2017|| ||ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|MIAMI: 2016: 79-82, third place
Manager: Don Mattingly (second season)
Who's new? C A.J. Ellis, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Brad Ziegler, RHP Junichi Tazawa, LHP Jeff Locke
Who's gone? C Jeff Mathis, INF Chris Johnson, RHP Andrew Cashner, LHP Mike Dunn, RHP Fernando Rodney
Projected lineup: SS Dee Gordon (.268, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 30 SB in 79 games), 3B Martin Prado (.305, 8, 75), CF Christian Yelich (.298, 21, 98), RF Giancarlo Stanton (.240, 27, 74 in 119 games), LF Marcell Ozuna (.266, 23, 76), 1B Justin Bour (.264, 15, 51), C J.T. Realmuto (.303, 11, 48, 12 SB), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (.236, 3, 38)
Rotation: LH Wei-Yin Chen (5-5, 4.96), RH Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.37 with Royals), LH Adam Conley (8-6, 3.85), RH Dan Straily (14-8, 3.76 with Reds), RH Tom Koehler (9-13, 4.33)
Key relievers: RH A.J. Ramos (1-4, 2.81 40/43 SV), RH Brad Ziegler (2-3, 2.28, 18/20 SV with Diamondbacks), RH Junichi Tazawa (3-2, 4.17 with Red Sox), RH Kyle Barraclough (6-3, 2.85), RH David Phelps (7-6, 2.28), RH Dustin McGowan (1-3, 2.82)
Hot spots: Middle infield. Gordon and Hechavarria were a throwback double-play combo in 2016: strong defense up the middle, light with the bats. That would be OK in some lineups, but only three MLB teams scored fewer runs per game last season than Miami. Derek Dietrich was a more than capable fill-in during Gordon's PED suspension, posting a .374 on-base percentage. How long can Mattingly keep Dietrich on the bench if Gordon and Hechavarria struggle to hit?
Outlook: There are many recent examples of teams taking the 'stars and scrubs' approach to roster construction. It never ends well. The Marlins lost their brightest star when ace right-hander Jose Fernandez died far too young; replacing his production and presence was impossible. The remaining stars come with major question marks. Can Stanton stay healthy? If not, can Yelich and Bour be the pillars of the lineup? Who's the star of this pitching staff? No team managed by Mattingly has lost more than 82 games in a season. That will change in 2017.
|PHILADELPHIA: 2016: 71-91, fourth place
Manager: Pete Mackanin (third season)
Who's new? LF Howie Kendrick, RF Michael Saunders, C Ryan Hanigan, OF Chris Coghlan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Who's gone? C A.J. Ellis, 1B Ryan Howard, INF Andres Blanco, OF Peter Bourjos, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP David Hernandez
Projected lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB), LF Howie Kendrick (.255, 8, 40, 10 with Dodgers), CF Odubel Herrera (.286, 15, 49, 25), 3B Maikel Franco (.255, 25, 88), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57 with Blue Jays), 1B Tommy Joseph (.257, 21, 47), C Cameron Rupp (.252, 16, 54), SS Freddy Galvis (.241, 3, 20, 17 SB)
Rotation: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-14, 3.65 ERA), RH Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78), RH Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78 with Red Sox), RH Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.12), Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.65)
Key relievers: Jeanmar Gomez (3-5, 4.85, 37/43 SV), Joaquin Benoit (2-0, 0.38 with Blue Jays), Hector Neris (4-4, 2.58), Pat Neshek (2-2, 3.06 with Astros), Edubray Ramos (1-3, 3.83)
Hot spots: Shortstop and closer. Philadelphia is waiting for the arrival of J.P. Crawford, the marquee name in the farm system. Crawford struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A last year, batting .250 with seven home runs in 123 games. In the meantime shortstop belongs to Galvis, who had an MLB-worst .274 on-base percentage last season. Crawford will get a chance once he's deemed ready. Gomez had a 19.13 ERA last September, possibly opening the door for Ramos, Neris or newcomer Benoit to seize the closer's job in spring training.
Outlook: On the long road back to respectability, the Phillies appear closer to the end than the beginning. Young starters Nola, Velasquez and Eickhoff showed flashes of brilliance last year. So did center fielder Herrera, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension. He's the only player on the roster with a guaranteed contract beyond this year. That points to 2017 as a major transition year with prospects and veterans auditioning for jobs in 2018 and beyond, when the Phillies can be active in free agency.
|Marlins look to bounce back against Phillies|
PHILADELPHIA -- Attempting to chase down a National League wild-card spot, the Miami Marlins are running out of room for many more letdowns.
They will need to get back on track Thursday afternoon when they close out a four-game series against the NL East basement-dwelling Phillies (46-79). Philadelphia would force a series tie with a win.
Miami (62-63) swept a series-opening doubleheader on Tuesday before the Phillies took one back Wednesday night with an 8-0 win.
As Miami's Thursday afternoon starter, Vance Worley will try to re-establish himself as a full-time rotation member. He returns to a ballpark where he has pitched more games than any other.
The Marlins right-hander spent his first three major league seasons (2010-12) with the Phillies, who drafted him in the 20th round in 2005. He was traded to the Twins in late 2012, spending 2013 with Minnesota, 2014-15 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, 2016 with the Baltimore Orioles and now returning to the NL East.
Worley signed last offseason with the Marlins on a minor league deal, getting a May call-up first as a starter before moving to the bullpen.
Worley made 10 appearances as a reliever between May 30 and July 25. He landed another chance in the rotation after Tom Koehler's late-July demotion to Triple-A, and has gone 2-1 with a 3.08 ERA in five starts since then.
Overall, Worley is 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA for the season.
"It's been a wild ride, from spring training to going to the minor leagues to coming back up and trying to figure out the major league ball again," he told MASN. "Now I finally got it figured out, and I'm pitching the way I have in the rest of my career. It was just a matter of time before things equaled out."
Though Worley started in 46 of his 53 games in a Phillies uniform and 73 of his first 81 major league appearances overall, he has become more of a bullpen option in the last three seasons. Of his past 75 outings, 54 have been as a reliever.
For his career, Worley is 31-30 with a 3.97 ERA as a starter and 4-3 with a 3.27 ERA as a reliever.
In four career appearances (two starts) against his first club, Worley is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA. His two relief outings against the Phillies came earlier this season when he threw a scoreless ninth inning of a 7-2 win in May and then gave up three runs in three innings of a 10-3 loss in July.
This will be Worley's 29th career start at Citizens Bank Park and 32nd appearance overall in a park where he is 10-8 with a 3.71 ERA. He has only appeared there twice as a visitor, both with the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA between 2014 and 2015.
He will be facing Phillies right-hander Jake Thompson, who will be called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make his third big-league start of the season and the 13th of his two-year career.
Thompson, who is 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA for Philadelphia this year, has pitched five innings in both of his starts. He shut out the Atlanta Braves over five innings on July 28 before giving up seven runs (two earned) and three home runs in five innings during a 7-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 2.
"It's part of the process," Thompson said after the shelling. "You take your bumps and bruises along the way. You have to grow.
"You can't get scared and back down from it. I'm certainly not. I feel that eventually I'm going to be a successful major league pitcher. It was just one of those nights."
The Thursday start will be Thompson's first-ever appearance against the Marlins.
|Last Updated: 9/26/2017 1:28:49 PM EST|