Likely fifth starter to make spring debut today
|Vance Worley. Getty Images.|
Vance Worley will make his spring debut today when the Phillies take on the Houston Astros. Worley is a likely fixture in the Phillies starting rotation this season, following Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton. Last season Worley took the mound with a certain confidence few rookies can exhibit but the question in 2012 will be whether or not he suffers a sophomore slump now that the rest of the league and division have gotten a sense of what he does on the mound.
Perhaps some of those answers will come today, when Worley takes the mound for the first time. Of course, two innings in a spring debut is hardly anything close to enough to predict what will happen during the course of the season, but a solid outing would be a nice way to get started nonetheless.
Today's pitchers following Worley will be Pat Misch, Jonathan Papelbon, Dontrelle Willis, Chad Qualls, and Mike Stutes.
Today's lineup, courtesy of the Phillies:
- SS Jimmy Rollins
- CF Shane Victorino
- RF Hunter Pence
- DH Jim Thome
- 1B John Mayberry Jr.
- LF Laynce Nix
- 3B Kevin Frandsen
- C Erik Katz
- 2B Michael Martinez
You can watch today's game on The Comcast Network, starting at 1 p.m. The game will be reaired later today on MLB Network (check local listings).