Mets Want No Part of Phillies’ Scrubs

Posted by Michael Baumann, Tue, August 23, 2011 09:56 PM | Comments: 12
2011 Game Recaps

Richie Ashburn Award: Vance Worley

Vance Worley, when he settles in as a major leaguer, is supposed to be a back-end of the rotation arm, or maybe a middle reliever.

But nobody appears to have notified Worley himself.

Worley allowed five baserunners among the first eight men he faced, then retired 15 in a row before allowing one run in the seventh as the Phillies took the middle game of the series by a score of 9-4. Worley threw 109 pitches and struck out a career high nine men, a staggering seven of them on called third strikes, including three in a row with runners on second and third in the second inning. Michael Stutes allowed three runs in two innings of garbage time, but the Mets weren’t really ever in the game after the fifth inning or so.

Shane Victorino and John Mayberry staked the Phillies to a 4-0 lead in the third with a pair of tape measure home runs to left, and Worley himself helped his own cause, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

For the second straight night, the Phillies jumped on the Mets’ starter in the middle innings, tagging Jonathon Niese for eight earned runs in four-plus innings. It was a team effort, as eight Phillies reached base and Ben Francisco, starting for the first time since July 22, went 3-for-3 with a double (his first hit since August 7).

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Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 5075 Lefty

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    Nobody has notified Worley and if they did, I think he’d tell them to —— off. :)

    Good job Vanimal. Also nice to see Ben Fran get a few hits. JMJ and MVP Victorino continue to play well.

    Worried about Stutes a little, hope he settles back to where he was before. Go Phils.

  • Posts: 0 David

    It’s unbelievable how well Worley and Mayberry Jr. have performed. Both players might merit some discussions for Rookie of the Year although I have to say the Braves rookies probably deserve it (Freeman or Kimbrol).
    These are two players that were almost certainly available in trade talks in the off-season but nobody really thought too highly of them.

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    Certainly deserve to be in the discussion, although I think Kimbrel has the ROY locked up. Still, even if they don’t win, everyone knows what they mean to this team. Mayberry has been ridiculous and deserves more – hope we’re seeing Jayson Werth2.0.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    I cant believe the dam Braves won again…

  • Posts: 0 greg legg

    Hope Mayberry is the real deal, not a one-year wonder. Run him out there with Victorino and Pence next year, Phils are good to go. Team is 25-3 when Schneider starts behind the plate. Ridiculous.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    mayberry just keeps proving everybody wrong. same with worley. at what point to we acknowledge that these guys are for real and here to stay? who knows, i guess if they keep doing it next year.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    We have to wait till next year to find out if both Mayberry an Worley where flukes. Stutes is regressing Herndon Gulp! has moved ahead of him in the Pecking order.

    • Posts: 0 agam22

      Herndon has actually been very good since he was recalled. At this point I would rather see him in a close game than Stutes, who I think is just starting to hit a wall

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Well Contreras is shot knew it would be a long shot. So that now leaves Madson an Bastardo as the only two guys that can be trusted. I guess you put Worley in that mix an hope for the best come playoff time. Do you trust Worley over Kendrick? Tough choices for Uncle Cholly. The idea of Blanton coming out of the bullpen scares bejubus out of me. Four man rotation with Madson closing an Bastardo setting up. Worley as the long relief if one of our starters should get in trouble early.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    FREE MAYBERRY. To think that he may not be in the lineup today is….well….ridiculous. Regarding long term performance: As much as we (I) love him, it is VERY improbable that a guy waits till 27 and then finally gets it. But not impossible. What an addition he would be. If he keeps this up Brown won’t play next year. Werth had injury hold him back, Mayberry just had his own brain.

    Go Phils.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 2978 Chuck A.

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    Brown’s not exactly tearing it up at Lehigh either. Something like a .191 BA. Raul should replace Gload and maybe get a start or two to stay sharp. HE is the lefty off the bench and the lefty DH in the World Series. I can’t see Thome landing here. Would be pretty cool though…

  • Posts: 955 betasigmadeltashag

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    JMJ did almost revamp his entire batting stance the last time he went down to AAA which may have somethng to do with his serge. Raul as a PH does not have great numbers. But i do think JMJ gets the majority of the starts over Raul, let Raul play against most RH pithcers but I do not think you can not keep JMJ bat in the line up more often then not. Vance pitched a good game even thought he did get himself in trouble the first two innings he bared down and shut the e Mets down. I really think the Mets might be the worst team in the NL

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