Rand: Comparing Nolasco to Worley

  • Updated: May 29, 2014 - 6:40 AM
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Vance Worley went from Opening Day starter in 2013 to being sold before this season to Pittsburgh.

Below, you’ll find an unfortunate comparison between Twins pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Vance Worley. But first, a couple caveats:

• The expectations for both pitchers is different, given that Worley was acquired in a trade and Nolasco was signed to the richest contract given to an outside free agent in Twins history.

• That said, Nolasco certainly has a longer track record for success than Worley, suggesting that his early-season struggles for the Twins are both short-term and correctable. We don’t imagine Nolasco will vanish after two months, never to return. That said, here we go:

Two previous NL seasons before joining Twins

Worley: 17-12, 3.60 ERA (2011-12 with Phillies)

Nolasco: 25-24, 4.08 ERA (with Marlins and Dodgers)

Early season status with Twins

Worley: Opening Day starter

Nolasco: Opening Day starter

Number of starts through May 25

Worley: 10

Nolasco: 10

Number of quality starts (6 or more IP, 3 ER or fewer allowed)

Worley: 3

Nolasco: 4

Rough outing in 10th start

Worley: 3 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 8 ER

Nolasco: 4 2/3 innings, 9 hits, 7 ER

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