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Vance Worley | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Vance Worley has been moved to the Pirates' bullpen.

Worley gave up four runs on nine hits in a rough five-inning start Tuesday against the division-rival Cardinals. Francisco Liriano (oblique) is taking his place.
Jul 9 - 5:22 PM

Vance Worley surrendered four runs on nine hits over five innings of work in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Worley didn't issue a walk while striking out three. The outing was his worst in five starts this season, a testament to how good he's been thus far. Even with the poor showing, Worley still touts a 3.03 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 32 2/3 innings. He'll look to bounce back in what will be his final start of the first half Sunday at the Reds.
Jul 8 - 11:21 PM

Vance Worley brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but wound up taking his first loss of the season, allowing three runs over seven innings against the D'Backs on Thursday.

Worley lost his no-hitter when Ender Inciarte singled in a run with one out in the sixth. David Peralta followed up with a two-run home run to give the D'Backs the lead. Overall, Worley allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out six. He has been great for the Pirates in four starts since joining the rotation, sporting a 2.28 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and an 18/5 K/BB ratio. Worley will take on the Cardinals in St. Louis in his next start.
Jul 3 - 10:35 PM

Vance Worley improved to 2-0, allowing one run over seven innings as the Pirates defeated the Mets 5-2 on Thursday.

That's three out of three quality starts for Worley since he made his 2014 debut on June 15. On Thursday, the right-hander allowed seven hits, walked two, and struck out three. He made one mistake, allowing a solo home run to Lucas Duda in the fourth inning. Now with a 1.74 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and a 12/3 K/BB ratio, Worley will look to keep it going against the Diamondbacks at home in his next start.
Jun 26 - 10:17 PM

Vance Worley's first major league start in over a year was a good one, as the righty held the Marlins scoreless over seven frames Sunday.

The righty allowed five hits -- four of them singles -- while striking out five and walking no one. Unfortunately, he was removed after 95 pitches and watched the bullpen cough up the lead, costing him a win. Worley will make at least another couple starts while Francisco Liriano (oblique) is on the disabled list and should be owned in NL-only leagues. The next one will come in Chicago against the Cubs.
Jun 15 - 5:05 PM

Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Vance Worley from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Worley will start on Sunday against the Marlins and should get a few more turns in the rotation while Francisco Liriano (oblique) is on the shelf. The righty was a disaster last season for the Twins but put up a 4.30 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 43/4 K/BB ratio over 46 innings at Triple-A. He's worth a shot in NL-only formats.
Jun 15 - 11:30 AM

Vance Worley will start for the Pirates against the Marlins on Sunday.

Worley will be filling the rotation spot of Francisco Liriano who was placed on the disabled list this week. He has looked good at Triple-A Indianapolis this season, posting a 4.30 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 43/4 K/BB ratio over 46 innings, though he should probably be avoided in all but NL-only formats.
Jun 14 - 1:10 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that Vance Worley "is a possibility" to be called up to start Sunday versus the Cubs.

The Pirates need a fill-in for the injured Francisco Liriano (oblique). Worley had been scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday but has been scratched, indicating that he's the guy the big club will summon. The former Phillie and Twin has posted a 4.30 ERA but a 1.11 WHIP and an outstanding 43/4 K/BB ratio across 46 Triple-A frames this season.
Jun 13 - 12:44 PM

Pirates acquired RHP Vance Worley from the Twins for cash considerations; assigned him to minor league camp.

Worley was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster last week after a brutal showing in Grapefruit League play. He also struggled mightily last summer in Minnesota and will only be an emergency starter for Pittsburgh. It's been quite a tumble for the now-26-year-old right-hander, who finished third in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2011 with the Phillies. The Bucs will try to get him on the right track at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Mar 25 - 5:03 PM

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