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Vance Worley's place on 2017 Orioles seems tenuous

Vance Worley's place on 2017 Orioles seems tenuous

Can the Orioles afford the "Vanimal?"

Regular readers around here know that one of my favorite additions to the 2016 Orioles was Vance Worley, and he wasn’t only one of my favorites. Many of my colleagues on the Oriole beat also grew to like him. 

It wasn’t just his colorful nickname, which doubles as his Twitter handle. Actually, it’s @Vanimal_46. 

He got his nickname from his fervent workouts in college, and it’s a great one. 

Worley came to the Orioles almost exactly a year ago, on Oct. 20 2015 when he was claimed on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

He was no sure thing to make the team, but did and stayed with the team throughout the season except for a brief time on the disabled list with a groin injury. 

Worley was useful as a starter, but mostly as a long reliever. He would often come into games when the starter was knocked out early, and his job was to eat innings and keep the score within hand. 

He won one of his four starts and earned his first career save on Aug. 23, something he didn’t realize until after the game. He pitched three effective innings. 

Worley entered 11 games in the fourth inning or earlier. Sometimes the Orioles caught up in his appearances, most time not.

In his 35 games (four starts), the Orioles won just 11 of them. 

For his 3.53 ERA, Worley earned $2.6 million. According to an estimate by MLBTradeRumors.com, Worley could receive a salary of $3.3 million, which is $400,000 higher than their $2.9 million estimate for Brad Brach, an All-Star who has about the same amount of service time. 

The Orioles may be reluctant to pay Worley $3.3 million to be a long man. With six starters already on the docket, Worley is unlikely to get a chance to start again, and his numbers (1.373 WHIP) and his unsightly strikeout to walk ratio (1.6) are pedestrian. 

It seems likely the Vanimal will have a major league job in 2017. It just doesn’t seem likely there will be many Vanimal sightings in Baltimore. 

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.


Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left


MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.



Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.


New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---


Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.



#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0