Since everyone’s still focused on whatever the hell Jimmy Rollins just posted on Facebook, the complete bullpen collapse last night in the wake of what looked like a simple victory hurts that much more. It’s almost become expected in this bizarro, snakebitten excuse of a 2012 season that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
But that’s in the past now. It’s done. No point in groveling, because THE VANIMAL goes tonight. Hoisting a 6-7 record on his shoulders, Vance Worley pitched a decent start last time out, but he only went 5.1 innings, notching a no-decision. He’s pitching through bone chips in his elbow, so I’m not expecting longevity on the mound. Five, maybe six good innings seems to be about what you’d expect from an injured Worley.
He’s up against Yovani Gallardo, holding an 11-8 record and who has pitched seven innings or more in his last three straight starts. Against the Phillies, he’s 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 13.2 IP. Tough to beat, but if they can hammer some runs in early, a win is more than possible. The main issue in tonight’s matchup is how far Worley can go, and how much of the Phillies bullpen will be allowed to touch the field. Hopefully it’s not much.
Discuss away, compadres…