The rookie right-hander looks to continue his dominant stretch as the Phillies face the Chicago Cubs in the conclusion of this three-game series Wednesday.
Worley (5-1, 2.15 ERA) is 3-0 with a 0.89 ERA in five starts - all wins for Philadelphia (60-39) - since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on June 16. In that stretch, he hasn’t allowed more than one run in any game, has matched Cliff Lee(notes) in wins and owns the lowest ERA of any member of the rotation.
Worley continued his outstanding run Friday, winning a third consecutive start while allowing one run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-2 win at New York.
“With every game I am finding my arm slot where I need (it to be) to throw certain pitches,” Worley told the team’s official website. “The ball is breaking the way I need it to.”
He’ll now face the Cubs (39-59) for the first time, and Worley is 1-0 while allowing two runs in 17 1-3 innings of his last three road starts.
“They have the best record in the league, and there’s a reason why,” Cubs second baseman Jeff Baker(notes) told the Phillies’ official website. “Even when we’re up, 2-0, we know it’s not a safe lead. They had no panic whatsoever.”
Martinez is providing some unexpected punch at the plate. The 28-year-old rookie is 9 for 24 with seven RBIs in seven games, raising his average 46 points to .228.
His recent play has quelled any of his own concerns about his contributions.
“Yes, at times I felt a little bit concerned because I wasn’t helping the club a lot,” he said through a translator. “But at the same time, I tried to stay as positive as I could.”
Philadelphia has won four of five meetings with Chicago.
Unlike the Phillies, pitching is a major issue for the Cubs, who have a 5.66 ERA while losing five of seven. The bullpen has been a major culprit during that stretch, surrendering 21 runs in 18 2-3 innings and being charged with three of those defeats.
The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his last seven starts there, and his margin for error has been slim as the offense has provided him with more than three runs of support just once.
He turned in another dominant home performance Friday, winning his second consecutive start overall by holding Florida to four hits in eight scoreless innings of a 2-1 win.
“I thought he would kill me (if I took him out),” manager Mike Quade told the Cubs’ official website. “He really was in command all day.”
Dempster has enjoyed little success in his last four starts against the Phillies, going 1-1 with a 5.61 ERA. He did yield two runs and six hits with nine strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings of a 12-6 home victory in his most recent meeting with Philadelphia, though, on July 15, 2010.