The Minnesota Twins are coming off a terrible sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals after starting the season 4-2. Minnesota will now be looking for starting pitcher Vance Worley to record his first win of the year and help the Twins get back on track.
Worley has struggled for the most part this season, and Minnesota expects a lot more out of him than what he has delivered. The right-hander allowed three earned runs in the first two innings against the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day, but pitched four scoreless innings after that. He then allowed five runs (four earned) against the Baltimore Orioles in a 6-5 win on Saturday, although he took a no-decision in the contest.
The 25-year-old will take on a New York Mets team that has lost two consecutive games. Worley has posted a 3-3 record with a 5.17 earned run average, 52 hits and 38 1/3 innings in nine career games (seven starts) against the Mets. His .329 opponent batting average in those games against New York is the third highest among the 19 teams he has faced in his career.
The fact that Worley has a .360 opponent batting average in 11 innings this season does not bode well for him, especially since the Mets are batting .260 as a team. Even though he is a pitcher who allows contact frequently, it is critical that he increase his strikeout numbers.
Worley is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA, five strikeouts and two walks this season.