The theme of this season for the Phillies seems to be question marks. There is a big question mark next to the return dates of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, question marks as to how the Phillies offense will fare this year with an aging core of players. Question marks as to whether or not Jimmy Rollins’ contract will be worthwhile or not. However, one of the biggest question marks coming into the 2012 season was that of fourth starter Vance Worley and if he would be able to repeat the success of his rookie season.
Worley had a fantastic rookie campaign, finishing third in NL Rookie of the Year voting after posting an 11-3 record with a 3.01 ERA and a complete game in 21 starts. But Worley had struggled a bit at times, especially against teams that had already seen him, bringing some to worry about his ability to play in the 2012 season. Continue reading