Rookie Makes His Case
“I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that,” he said.
Worley threw his first complete game last night in a 7-2 victory over the Giants. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 11 of 13 starts this season to improve to 7-1 with a 2.02 ERA.
He has the best ERA among NL rookie pitchers. His seven wins trail only Mets pitcher Dillon Gee, who has nine. Worley is 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA in his last seven starts. To put that into perspective, Worley has the best ERA on the Phillies since June 18, besting Roy Halladay (2.51), Cole Hamels (2.89) and Cliff Lee (2.91).
“He’s our fifth ace,” Shane Victorino said.
Worley has two more months to make his case, although it will be tough. I believe Washington’s Danny Espinosa and Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman are the front runners at this point. But if Worley can keep doing what he’s doing he has to enter the conversation.