Vanimal got a no decision in his last outing, a so-so start against the Cubs in the rain (it was eventually suspended and finished the next day.) Worley has generally been the perfect back-end guy; he gets you into the seventh inning more often than not, and doesn't give up a barrage of runs, allowing more than three tallies just three times in fifteen starts. As alaways, command and movement are his keys. When his ball darts and catches the corners, he's a load, but when the horsehide flattens, ouch.
This will be Vance's first appearance against Philly, his original club and one that he tossed three years for, from 2010-12.
The vet Williams was claimed on waivers by the Phils in August. This is the ninth year in the show for the 32-year old, with Philadelphia being his seventh stop (and his third this season) as he too is auditioning for a back end job in 2015. Williams added a cutter to go with his fastball and two-seamer, and it seems like that third pitch has been making a difference. Washington beat him up some in his last start, but before that he gave up two or fewer runs in each of his first four Philly outings.
This will be his first look at Pittsburgh.
The Lineup: Josh Harrison 3B, Starling Marte LF, Cutch CF, Neil Walker 2B, Russ Martin C, Travis Snider RF, Gaby Sanchez 1B, Jordy Mercer SS and Worley P.
The game starts at 7:05 and will be aired on Root Sports and 93.7 The Fan.
- Marte Par-tay: Starling Marte recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game last night while also extending his hitting streak to nine games.
- Another Day, Another Honor: The Sporting News selected it's "Half-Decade" All Stars; Cutch was there.
- Big Bad John: Jeff Sullivan's Fangraphs article "Return of the Palmball" is about new Bucco John Holdzkom.
- Ex-Bucs: MLB Trade Rumors reports that OF Chris Dickerson, who got off to a hot start when traded to the Indians but is now hitting .224, has been outrighted back to AAA.