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Vance Worley | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Vance Worley is on the Pirates' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.
Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole are not on the roster, so Worley and Jeff Locke will serve as Edinson Volquez insurance out of the bullpen. With Russell Martin nursing a hamstring injury, the Pirates will carry three catchers, will Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez also on the roster. The Pirates will reset if they make it through to the NLDS. Oct 1 - 11:51 AM

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Vance Worley picked up a no-decision despite allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings as the Pirates defeated the Reds on Friday.

Worley's effort helped the Pirates remain in the thick of things for the NL Central title, moving temporarily to a half-game behind the Cardinals. The right-hander scattered nine hits, issued no walks, and struck out four. Worley ends the regular season at 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 79/22 K/BB ratio. He could be the fourth starter for the Pirates should they make it into the NLDS.
Sep 26 - 10:03 PM

Vance Worley threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, in Sunday's 1-0 defeat of the Brewers.

Worley was dominant in the start, giving up just four singles without walking a batter in silencing the Brewers' bats. He struck out five in the win. After a rough stretch in the middle of August, Worley has bounced back to win three straight, improving his record to 8-4. Worley has been a tremendous find for the Bucs this season, and he'll take a 2.93 ERA in his final start of the season against the Reds on Friday.
Sep 21 - 4:25 PM

Vance Worley will start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

Charlie Morton took his spot for one turn, but his sports hernia is acting up again. Worley has faded in recent weeks but still boasts a 3.18 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 96 1/3 innings this season.
Sep 19 - 3:18 PM

Vance Worley has been moved to the bullpen.

Charlie Morton will return from the disabled list and claim the vacant rotation spot Tuesday night against the Red Sox. Worley has pitched well in a starting role this season for the Bucs and should be a useful weapon in long relief down the stretch.
Sep 15 - 9:38 AM

Vance Worley labored through five innings, allowing three runs, but went home with his seventh win as the Pirates topped the Phillies on Wednesday.

The Phillies made their former hurler work, forcing him to toss 92 pitches in his five frames. The right-hander, however, yielded only four hits and two walks while striking out four. After getting off to a hot start upon his 2014 debut in mid-June, Worley has been pedestrian since August 13, posting a 4.81 ERA over his last six starts. On the season, he has a 3.18 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 70/22 K/BB ratio. He'll have to take on the Red Sox at home on Tuesday when he toes the slab next.
Sep 10 - 10:30 PM

Vance Worley racked up six strikeouts on Friday, but had to settle for a no-decision against the Cubs after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over his 4 2/3 innings.

Worley struggled with his command, issuing four walks on the afternoon. The Cubs struck for a pair of runs in the third inning, then tacked on a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Chris Valaika. Worley will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Phillies on the road on Wednesday.
Sep 5 - 6:57 PM

Vance Worley limited the Reds to two runs -- one earned -- over 6 1/3 innings Saturday in a Pirates victory.

The only major blemish in the outing was a solo home run by Todd Frazier in the top of the fourth inning. Worley gave up only three hits in all and struck out four. He will carry a cool 3.01 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into his next start against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Aug 30 - 6:54 PM

Vance Worley allowed 12 hits and four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Worley walked one while striking out five on the afternoon. His August struggles continue, as he's now given up 30 hits and 12 earned runs over his last three starts. Worley has seen his ERA rise from 2.30 to 3.14 in that span. He'll try to stop the bleeding Saturday against the Reds.
Aug 24 - 4:55 PM

Vance Worley allowed six runs in the first inning, sending him to a loss on Monday against the Braves.

The Braves had Worley's number from the start, as Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons hit back-to-back solo home runs to begin the ballgame. Worley went on to allow two walks and three singles as the Braves scored four more times. From there, however, Worley calmed down and limited the damage, tossing five shutout innings. Overall, he gave up nine hits, walked two, and struck out eight. Now with a 2.92 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a 51/13 K/BB ratio, Worley will look to bounce back against the Brewers in a road start on Sunday.
Aug 18 - 10:20 PM

Vance Worley fell to 5-2 after allowing five runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings as the Pirates fell to the Tigers by an 8-4 margin on Wednesday.

Worley had a tough fourth inning, as the Tigers scored three runs, which doomed him. Overall, he allowed nine hits, walked one, and struck out four. Starts like Wednesday's have been few and far between for Worley, who now has a 2.51 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 43/11 K/BB ratio over 10 starts and one relief appearance. He'll open up a home series against the Braves on Monday in his next start.
Aug 13 - 10:53 PM

Vance Worley delivered another impressive outing Friday, tossing seven innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win over the Padres.

Worley held the Padres to just five hits and one walk while striking out seven batters. The lone run scored on a sacrifice fly from Seth Smith in the first inning. The 26-year-old now has an excellent 2.30 ERA and 39/10 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings with the Pirates this season. He's not going to miss bats like this very often, but he should continue to have appeal in mixed leagues as a matchup play.
Aug 8 - 10:07 PM

Vance Worley continued his shocking resurgence on Saturday against the Diamondbacks, hurling six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision victory.

If Pittsburgh's bats had woken up earlier, Worley would be 5-1 right now. Instead, he'll be content with keeping the team in the game long enough that a seven-run outburst over the last two innings turned this one into an improbable laugher. Worley allowed seven hits, struck out only two, and walked one, so he wasn't exactly dominant, but his smoke-and-mirrors brand of pitching has fooled National League lineups in the past. He now has a 0.86 ERA over his past three games.
Aug 3 - 12:27 AM

Vance Worley tossed his first career shutout, allowing only four hits, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday.

It was the best start of his career. He induced two double plays, striking out three and walking one. Worley's control continues to be outstanding, and it in part explains his mini resurgence. Only 29 of his 100 pitches were balls, and he's issued only seven eight passes in 49-plus innings all year. The 26-year-old finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 and was the Twins' Opening Day starter last season, but he went through waivers unclaimed in March after a horrific 2013. Called up a month-and-a-half ago, Worley has staked his claim to a rotation gig with a 4-1 record, 2.54 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across seven starts and one relief appearance. And would you believe the formerly maligned starter, given up for dead mere months ago, has a career 3.95 ERA? Worley travels to Arizona on Saturday.
Jul 29 - 12:56 AM

Vance Worley improved to 3-1, allowing four runs (one earned) over six innings as the Pirates came out on the winning end of a high-scoring affair against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Worley was making his first start since July 8 and didn't show too much rust. He was the victim of two defensive miscues, which helped lead to four Dodger runs. Overall, the right-hander allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out five. Worley appears to have been a good find for the Pirates. Through six starts and one relief appearance, Worley holds a 3.10 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 27/7 K/BB ratio. He'll kick off a three-game set against the Giants in San Francisco next Monday.
Jul 22 - 11:09 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
3Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel
9Casey Sadler
10Bobby LaFromboise
11John Holdzkom