It is impossible to know for sure but I doubt when the Minnesota Twins traded outfielder Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies, they knew they would get their opening day starter in return. Recently the Twins announced that Vance Worley who came in return for Revere will be given the ball on opening day for the Twins. Not only is this an honor for the young man who was third in Rookie of the Year voting just a couple of years ago, it is also surprising.
Worley hasn’t exactly knocked the opposing team dead this year. He has struggled seemingly and his ERA stayed above six for most of the time. You might wonder why he would get the opening day job if he had struggled so much. The answer is in the definition of how he struggled this spring. To hear him tell it, he worked through some problem areas of his mechanics and really has things together now.
Whether you believe that or not, he did have a much better start in his final tune-up for the season. That makes it kind of hard to argue with. Overall the Twins have to be fairly pumped about what Worley can potentially do for them if he gets things right with his mechanics and delivers consistency all year long. What he could do best for the Twins is eat 200 innings and give them a chance to win each time he is out there. If he does that, he will prove himself more than worth of the opening day job.