Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Vance Worley looks to build off of his Opening Day start when he takes the mound for the second time this season. Worley may have taken the loss despite playing well against the Detroit Tigers, but his performance inspired Minnesota to take the series.
The 25-year-old allowed three earned runs in the first two innings against the Tigers, but finished strong in four scoreless innings. Worley is hoping to go at least another six innings in his second start without surrendering the earned runs this time when he faces the Baltimore Orioles Saturday night.
The Twins allowed nine runs against the Orioles in the 9-5 loss Friday night. Minnesota had the lead heading into the eighth inning, but Chris Davis’ grand slam proved to be the difference. The Twins are hoping Worley will be able to cool down Davis, who is only the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to homer in each of his first four games to start a season.
The good news for Minnesota is that Worley has only given up 23 homers in 283 2/3 innings in the big leagues. He has also held left-handed batters to a .252 batting average and nine home runs in 526 at-bats over the past three seasons. Basically, if there was any starter that could keep Davis in check, it should be Worley.
Expect the right-hander to put forth an extra effort in his outing Saturday night. There is no question the former Philadelphia Phillies pitcher made a good first impression in his first appearance of the season. However, that first win with a new team means everything to pitchers.