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

Similar numbers through 10 starts

Worley: 1-5, 7.21 ERA, 9 HR allowed

Nolasco: 2-5, 6.12 ERA, 10 HR allowed

Different numbers through 10 starts

Worley: 48 2/3 innings pitched, 82 hits, 15 walks, 25 strikeouts, .381 batting average allowed

Nolasco: 60 1/3 innings pitched, 79 hits, 16 walks, 40 strikeouts, .322 batting average allowed

After those 10 starts

Worley: Was sent to minors in 2013, then was waived by Twins late in spring training this year before being dealt to Pittsburgh for cash

Nolasco: Needs to cut down on home runs, boost strikeouts and have a few more batted balls find fielders instead of holes to bring his numbers back into line with his career figures.

MICHAEL RAND

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