After an impressive night of offense, the Phils send Vance Worley to the mound against Tim Hudson. The Phillies have won Worley’s last 12 starts and he will need to continue his hot hand against a pitcher who has had plenty of success this season against the Phils. With Chase Utley starting to hit well, the offense is clicking and after another impress start by Cliff Lee, this team is as dangerous as they have ever been. Not to mention, with blowouts like these, Phillies fans get the opportunity to mock the Braves fans in the tomahawk chant.
Here is what tonight’s pitching matchup looks like…
Tim Hudson: 14-8, 3.05 ERA
Hudson had a relatively short outing his last time out against Washington, going just six innings despite giving up just one run. He is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA against the Phils this year in two starts. The Phils are hitting .254 against Tim as a team. He hasn’t faced them since mid-May, when he pitched the Braves to a 3-2 win. He got the no-decision but gave up just two runs over seven solid innings. He gave up three runs (two earned) against the Phils in April. Hudson doesn’t have as much success on the road, posting a 5-4 record and a 4.04 ERA. He went 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA during the month of August. Raul Ibanez has the most AB’s against Hudson with 55. He is hitting .273 with a homer and five RBI’s in those plate appearances. Ryan Howard has hit Hudson well (.298 average) in his 47 at-bats against him, including six homers and 13 RBI’s. Mayberry, Chooch and Victorino each have two homers a piece against the Braves righty. Hudson is 7-7 with a 3.65 ERA lifetime against the Phillies.
Vance Worley: 10-1, 2.85 ERA
As mentioned earlier in the post, the Phils have won the last 12 games that Worley has started, which is the best stretch since winning 15 consecutive Steve Carlton starts in 1972. It’s also the longest streak for a big league rookie since the 1980s. Without a doubt, his two-seam fastball is his best pitch (seen in the .gif above courtesy of thefightins.com). Worley had one bad inning in his last start against Cincinnati. Although his final line included giving up four earned runs, he didn’t hit any trouble until the sixth inning. He struck out seven in that game as well. Worley faced the Braves as a reliever this season, going one scoreless inning. He has pitched a total of six innings against them in his career. He is 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA at home this season, where opponents are hitting just .175 against him. Dan Uggla and Alex Gonzalez are the only two Braves hitters that have tallied a hit against the Phils rookie.