Interesting piece by Matt Gelb in the Inq today, taking a look at one of the key questions for the Phillies this year: How will starter Vance Worley fare after the league has had a season's look at him? Worley's success had a lot to do with a particular out-pitch, his sinker, but opposing hitters began anticipating that later in the season.
The book was out: With two strikes, expect Worley to throw the sinker, usually inside. In 2011, 55 percent of Worley's strikeouts were looking. The major-league average was 24 percent, and only New York's Bartolo Colon had a higher percentage looking than Worley. In other words, Worley can expect more swings on two-strike counts if he keeps throwing the sinker the way he did last year.
The good news, as Gelb details via some candid discussions with Worley and personal catcher Brian Schneider, is that the battery is already working on new ways to keep batters guessing at Worley's next pitch. Plus, Worley is working on a few new pitches, including one suggested by Roy Halladay. Not a bad group of pitchers to be around if you're looking for some tips. Highly recommend swinging by and reading this one, a great spring training cup-of-coffee read on a 40º Delco morning.
>>Phillies' Worley works to stay ahead of hitters
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Joel Embiid said plenty with his words on Tuesday afternoon when he called the decision to have a minutes restriction in the teens to begin the season "f-----g BS."
He also sent a message with his fresh new look.
Jojo showed up to practice on the eve of the Sixers' season with a new hairstyle -- some cornrows remeniscent of the last great Sixer to captivate the city of Philadelphia.
No, not Andrew Bynum.
We're talking about Allen Iverson.
"I had the old hairstyle for a long time so I just wanted something new," Embiid said. "I know my mom won't be happy but it's only for a couple of days."
Robert Covington saw a resemblance, "Everybody was shocked. Told him he’s going to be the new AI.”
Was he inspired by somebody? Anybody?
"I just wanted something new, something crazy. I never do anything crazy, so..."
"I think it looks okay," Embiid, always his toughest critic, said.