Worley, Utley Go the Distance vs. Giants

Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, July 26, 2011 10:29 PM | Comments: 21
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His name has been in trade rumors the past few weeks because teams believe he’s capable of good, maybe even great, things. Vance Worley showed why he’s such a hot commodity, why the fans adore him in Philadelphia, and why it’ll be hard for the Phillies to trade such a solid young arm, as he sliced and diced the sub-par Giants offense, en route to a 7-2 win.

Worley went the full nine innings, giving up two runs – one in the first inning, one in the eighth on an Aaron Rowand home run – for his first career complete game. The lowly Giant offense was fooled into five strikeouts by Worley; he gave up just three hits and one walk. It was a defining performance for Worley, whom many believe to be a solid 4th starter, perhaps even a 3rd, but not an ace. Too bad, because he’s certainly pitching like one.

To make it easier on Worley, the Phillies offense showed up in a big way, led by Chase Utley and his inside-the-park home run. He blasted a ball off the tall wall in left center field, which caromed past centerfielder Andres Torres, allowing Utley to circle the bases for his 3rd career ITPHR. That knee ain’t an issue. And how about the slide at the end? Vintage Utley.

Raul Ibanez started off the scoring with a first inning, three-run blast off of Giants starter Barry Zito, filling in for the sick Tim Lincecum. Lincecum was a pre-game scratch due to the flu and the Phillies teed off on Zito, who now carries a 5.24 ERA along with a $126 million contract that can’t expire quick enough.

In the 4th inning, John Mayberry Jr. launched a mammoth home run, his 6th this year. Right handed power bat, anyone?

Ryan Howard also homered, his 20th coming in the 8th inning. A few days ago on the radio I called for the real Ryan Howard to please stand up. When the weather gets hot, he usually does the same, so perhaps we’re seeing his second half explosion a tad earlier than usual? Howard has six hits in his last four games, including two on Tuesday night. His second hit was a double.

Looking past Mayberry’s inclusion of power, Howard’s semi-hot streak, and Utley’s Utley-like highlight-reel play, Vance Worley was again the story. There had been rumors that the Phillies took him off the market and if that’s true, they could be looking at a future rotation piece that could stick in Philly for a long time. And I don’t think anyone would mind.


Jayson Stark was a guest today of the radio show I’m a part of, “The Sports Bash with Mike Gill.” He discussed the Phillies and trade rumors surrounding them. Stark is as plugged in with this organization as one person can be, so I like to take what he says to be fairly close to gospel. Listen to what he had to say.

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  • Posts: 36 Phillistein

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    Did anyone happen to catch what Chase said at the conclusion of his interview with Sarge after the game? He said it really quickly and it cracked the Broadcast crew up but somebody said it was funny yet uncalled for. He said it after the interview was over – maybe he thought the sound was off. Knowing Utley it could have been anything.

    • Posts: 0 Schatz

      He called Wheels “muff,” which is short for Muffin, which some people call him.

      • Posts: 36 Phillistein

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        Thanks everyone. Because it was Utley I was hoping for something perhaps a bit more salacious.

        But, we’ll take it. He seems like he’s having fun. But diving head first with those knees slamming the gound………..Yikes.

        But I guess if you asked him to take it easy he wouldn’t be Utley.

        But I wish he would take it a bit easy.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I could not hear what he said.

  • Posts: 1376 Pat Gallen

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    Here is the video of Utley calling Wheels “muff”


  • Posts: 49 bacardi

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    thats funny glad Worley had his first complete game…Worley needs to practice his interview skills some he tends to border on saying things an walking a tight line from a media perspective…

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    As far as I am concerned Utleys play was play of the year in MLB.
    And that was the game of year for the Phillies.

    12:45 am wed and Pirates and Braves still playing

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    I’m still not a believer. this is a great feel good story and ya gotta love the kid but its obvious he’s pitching way over his head right now. all that said I still wouldn’t trade him because I wouldn’t trade anybody. if we really needed an everyday outfielder I’d trade him in a heartbeat but the reality is that I don’t want brown or Ibanez to lose any at bats. i want both of those guys in the lineup with mayberry as the 4th outfielder and right hander off the bench. I think this team does not need any improvement in any way. Its ready to rock and roll as is.

    I still think Worley’s era will be in the neighborhood of 4.5 next year if he’s up all year. but its nice to see what he’s doing right now.

    • Posts: 36 Phillistein

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      Didn’t Kendrick go something like 10-0 or 11-12 his first year up? And we know how that turned out. However, having said that – Worley seems to have a different makeup. He has a bit more of an edge than your normal Rookie pitcher. Which means – where Kendrick will nibble – Worley will go right after him.

      What’s his nickname? Vanimal?

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Why do I pay for the baseball package so they can take a 19 inning game off at 1 am??????????

    Why didnt one of you guys here who are heros bitch when they took the Valdez game off at 1 am? I am not computer literate enough.
    I have tried to call but its 1 25 AM

    Why cant these people just leave the feed up till 3 or pay someone 7 dollars an hour to not take the game off?

    Will they refund me?????

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Lol. I could not pay for that stuff. Not worth it. Let’s go pirates.

    • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

      Well if they are going to take off a 19 inning game it is pretty much pointless.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Don, Corey, Michael

    One of you sneaky little shits like Neidermeyer send off a letter.

    Speaking of which. There is a video of Don M. and Chuck on youtube now.

    Only Chuck is the lap sitter in the Don relationship.


    • Posts: 2896 Chuck A.

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      Wow!! I’ve finally made it. I’m famous now. Thanks, Andrew for elevating my star.

  • Posts: 0 Dark Leviathan

    I really want Worley to win Rookie of the Year. I believe he is behind only Espinosa in War, 2.5 to 2.0. Worley is just looking great.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Second and third one out. They don’t load the bases. Pirates are stupid. Would of had a double play. Braves s u c k.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    And the Braves win on one of the worst home plate calls ever. in the 19th

    Reminds me of Bonds trying to throw out Sid Bream in his knee brace and walker coming around third in the early 90s.

    The Braves win again and Spanky LaValliere missed the tag? Or did he?

    Lets party like its 1992.

  • Posts: 49 bacardi

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    Dam Andrew was hoping the Braves would drop one.

  • Posts: 548 Brian Sr. of CO

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    Todays game is further proof that Ibanez and Mayberry are HORRIBLE and need to sit! What bum’s. LOL. Yes that was Sarcasm. I did like looking at Ibanez average breakout by month. April and June were about .210 while May and July are both near .300. If this continues in this pattern, Ibanez will SUCK in August, and be damn good again in September. Problem is, he may suck again in October. LOL. Answer? Bench him in August and October, and start him in September. LOL.

  • Posts: 1114 betasigmadeltashag

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    I will say again, as Mayberry JR has stayed pretty hot since being called up this last time with a slightly different stance and approach at the plate, is any of this sinking in DOM, in the off season maybe you should listen to the coaches and adjust your swing so you can become a major league hitter. No way you trade Woorley, He is easily a solid number four, behind Doc, Hamels and Lee. Remember good chance there is no Oswalt next year, and I am not sure any other prospect is ready to step up next year.
    I guess maybe now you will believe that JR is the RH bat you need and should be playing more then Brown at this point. Think he could even be put up to the five spot, that way when Ryann gets on base and Mayberry hits then with Vic in the sixth spot you will not lose his speed as much as being stuck right behind Howard. And the best part if Dom learns that maybe there are people in the organization that can improve his swing, you could have an OF of Vic Brown, and Mayberry JR,not many balls will fall in that outfield, plus you could then put Brown in left. And it really is too bad that Raul can not hit or play defense.

    • Posts: 36 Phillistein

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      Mayberry is what, 4 years older than D-Brown? I wonder what his swing looked like in 2007?

      Cholly is/was a hitting coach. Unlike some teams where good players go to die – I think the Phillies are the opposite. Let’s face it – Mickey Mantle he ain’t. But, I would not want to give up on D-Brown just yet..

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