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Twins name Vance Worley as Opening Day starter

Mar 27, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

Vance Worley AP

Would-be Opening Day starter Scott Diamond is beginning the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, so the Twins announced that Vance Worley will get the Game 1 assignment.

Worley, who was acquired from the Phillies along with prospect Trevor May in a trade for center fielder Ben Revere this offseason, has a 3.56 ERA in 46 career starts through age 24. And lucky him, he’ll match up with Justin Verlander and the Tigers in the opener.

Minnesota’s rotation will also include Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey, with Liam Hendriks and Cole DeVries expected to snag the final two spots. Last year Twins starters had the worst ERA in the league and it may not be a whole lot prettier this season.

  1. dluxxx - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    The Vanimal!! Here’s hoping that Verlander is having an off day…

    • areyesrn - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      oh man…such a cool dude when I met him on Phillies photo day….hope he surprises everyone this year and has a great season

  2. El Bravo - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Holy shitballs. This must have been a tough one to type, Aaron.

    • El Bravo - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Who is the worst 2013 opening day starter?

      Let me know if any of these are not accurate. I think my squad’s starter isn’t all that great (Tim Hudson) any longer. Worst on the list? Probably not. I’m not hot on Worley or Masterson. Matt Harrison over Darvish is nutso to me. Tricky Ricky could be a bad choice, but who else do they have in Miami? Samardzija is kind of a weak choice too, but Garza is still hurtin’ right? Not that these matter too much, but fun nonetheless.

      Red Sox: Jon Lester
      Yankees: CC Sabathia
      Rays: David Price
      Orioles: Jason Hammel
      Blue Jays: RA Dickey

      Twins: Vance Worley
      Tigers: Justin Verlander
      White Sox: Chris Sale
      Indians: Justin Masterson
      Royals: James Shields

      Astros: Bud Norris
      Rangers: Matt Harrison (seriously???)
      A’s: Brett Anderson
      Mariners: Felix Hernandez
      Angels: Jered Weaver

      Mets: Jonathan Niese
      Braves: Tim Hudson
      Phillies: Cole Hamels
      Marlins: Ricky Nolasco
      Nationals: Stephen Strasburg

      Reds: Johnny Cueto
      Cardinals: Adam Wainwright
      Cubs: Jeff Samardzija
      Pirates: A.J. Burnett
      Brewers: Yovani Gallardo

      Padres: Edinson Volquez
      Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw
      Giants: Matt Cain
      Diamondbacks: Ian Kennedy
      Rockies: Jeremy Guthrie

      • El Bravo - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM

        Guthrie is not even on COL any longer….I pulled that from a 2012 article. Last I cared, he was on BAL. HAHAHA!

        Jhoulys Chacin

      • kollin7 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        Matt Harrison had a really solid year last year as a workhorse, so he’s kind of earned being the Opening Day starter. Whereas Darvish, while looking promising, was inconsistent last year, and hasn’t been there for multiple years working his way to a role like Opening Day starter.

  3. tuberippin - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Worley-Diamond-Correia-Pelfrey-Hendriks/de Vries is definitely one of the league’s worst rotations. It might not be as bad as Colorado or Houston, but it’s pretty putrid, particularly after Worley and (eventually) Diamond.

    Still, a pitching machine would be a step up from Nick Blackburn, so at least they improved by getting him out of the rotation.

    • jdd428 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Houston is going with Norris-Harrell-Humber-Bedard-Peacock in the AL West. That’s going to be scary. The Rockies had to grab Garland off the street to upgrade their rotation.

      All three are pretty putrid.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      Didn’t Minnesota just get a new stadium? Weird how shitty their team is now that they got their stadium. Their payroll has gone from 97 million to 113 million now back down to 100 million last year and a coooooool 80 million this year.

      Carl Pohlad is horrible for baseball and should be removed from owning the team!!!!!

      • kiwicricket - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:34 AM

        Yeah yeah…..we know your spiel by now, Chris.
        You go through the effort of your wanky post, yet it’s still 2 1/2 times more than the Marlins payroll.

        Mauer makes nearly as much as the entire Marlins roster.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

        That’s a clown reply, bro.

      • Cris E - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Part of Carl’s problem is that he died several years ago. It’s really hurt his effectiveness.

        Pull the head, bro.

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:58 PM


  5. dtrb10 - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    We spend 24 mil on a catcher per year and throw this out as pitching. When are they going to get that you can’t win in this league without pitching. We need to trade some hitting for pitching. Morneau won’t be a Twin after the trade deadline and that will free up a little but with Mauers contract and with the Pohlads blaming it on the small market which HELLO we are 14th largest market excuse he uses we will never compete unless Mauer re does his contract or we trade him. I’m sorry I love Joe Mauer but no catcher is worth 24 mil per year.

    • gmfw7 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      i’m not a twins fan, but if morneau is gone by the deadline wouldn’t it be fair to assume mauers catching days could be numbered to keep him healthy?? if that’s the case then 24mil per year might not be as bad seeing as how that’s just in line with most of the better hitting 1st basemen in mlb…mauer doesn’t really match any of those guys power numbers, but that has something to do with your guys stadium too, right? i’m asking sincerely…

      • Cris E - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        It’s not going to be a black-white thing where he’s catching or playing first. He’ll continue to catch at least half time until he’s not effective anymore. He likes it, he’s not bad at it, and they have learned to monitor his innings behind the plate to keep him fresh.

        He’s earning a zillion dollars for two things: hitting for average and catching. (Three if you count Being From Minnesota.) If he catches too much he won’t hit, but if he catches too little he’s not worth the contract. The organization is feeling their way through this to find a good balance, and I think 2012 if a pretty good picture of what to expect in the next few years.

  6. flyingvien - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Carl Pohlad’s kinda dead, though

  7. rgledz - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Thank goodness the Twins got the new stadium! It’s just like they said it would with all of the extra money Target Field generates… they can sign a big name pitch…..a mediocre pitch….an over then hill pitcher coming back from tommy john surgery! Money well spent Pohlad family! Pretty exciting stuff.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Yeah, that family is terrible for baseball. Why doesn’t Bud force them to sell? They are the anti-Christ. They suckered Minnesota into building them that new stadium, with the promises of putting a good team on the field, and Vance Worley is their opening day starter? I love the Vanimal, but he’s no better than a #3 on most other staffs. What a disgrace.

  8. coryfor3 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Wow. That is a crap rotation

    • Cris E - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Reality check: Diamond will replace Hendriks within a few weeks, DeVries will be gone right after that as soon as Deduno is ready to go, and Gibson will be in Minneapolis by Fathers Day, probably about the time Correia sucks his way out of town and they eat that contract. (Pelfrey might beat him to it, but he hasn’t looked too bad so far.)

      By the trading deadline it’ll probably be Worley-Diamond-Gibson-Pelfrey-Deduno. That’s not good, but at least of couple of those guys have a future.

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