Vance Worley

The very wonderful Vance Worley

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Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are such old news.

Vance Worley just pitched eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Cubs and pick up his fourth consecutive win for the Phillies on Wednesday.  It was the sixth straight start in which he’s given up one or no runs, matching the NL’s longest streak this season.

In fact, it’s just the 19th such streak since 2000:

8 – Johan Santana (2004 Twins)
8 – Derek Lowe (2008 Dodgers-2009 Braves)
8 – Josh Johnson (2010 Marlins)
7 – Kevin Brown (2003 Dodgers)
7 – Mike Hampton (2004-05 Braves)
7 – Chris Carpenter (2005 Cardinals)
7 – Wandy Rodriguez (2009 Astros)
7 – Justin Verlander (2011 Tigers)
6 – Frank Castillo (2000 Blue Jays-Red Sox)
6 – Jamie Moyer (2001 Mariners)
6 – Cory Lidle (2002 Athletics)
6 – Mark Prior (2003 Cubs)
6 – Matt Cain (2006 Giants)
6 – Zack Greinke (2008-09 Royals)
6 – Zack Greinke (2009 Royals)
6 – Chris Young (2010 Padres-2011 Mets)
6 – Justin Masterson (2010-11 Indians)
6 – Ryan Vogelsong (2011 Giants)
6 – Vance Worley (2011 Phillies)

Worley has a 0.93 ERA during the streak, having allowed four runs in 38 1/3 innings.

CC Sabathia actually has a chance to join this company on Thursday.  He’s working on a streak of five straight starts with one or no runs allowed.

Jose Fernandez’ high school jersey was returned

MIAMI, FL - JULY 09:  Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on July 9, 2015 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Yesterday it was reported that someone stole Jose Fernandez’s high school jersey, which had been hanging in the Alsonso High School dugout in Tampa for a vigil. That was pretty vile stuff indeed.

Thankfully, however, someone’s conscience got the best of them: the jersey has been returned. School officials say that a family found a large envelope outside of the high school with the words “Jose’s jersey” written on it. They took the envelope into to the school this morning and the jersey was found inside.

Bad form taking it, whoever you are, but in most cases it’s never too late to make a better decision and fix your mistakes.

The Tigers have an interesting weekend ahead of them

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 08:  A general view of outside the stadium ahead of the Philadephia Phillies versus Atlanta Braves during their opening day game at Turner Field on April 8, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In late August, when everyone started looking at the schedule in an effort to see who had the easiest road ahead of them to the playoffs, the Tigers stood out as particularly blessed. The end of their season featured several games against the lonely Twins and, if things were tight heading into the final weekend, a three-game series against the lowly Braves.

Problem: the Braves have not been very lowly lately, and that could cause the Tigers all kinds of grief.

Atlanta has won 10 of 11 games. They’ve scored 66 runs in those games and their pitching staff has an ERA of 3.28 over that span. Oh, and remember how, earlier in the season, the Braves were hitting like a deadball era team, being outhomered by multiple individual players? Well, they’ve hit ten during this neat little run. Really, though, the run isn’t that little. They’ve won 19 of 30 and have been a solid team, offensively speaking, since late July. They’re hot as heck now and haven’t been pushovers for some time.

So enter the Tigers, who have been seesawing through August and September and who have to play in Atlanta this weekend without their DH, Victor Martinez. Oh, and who stand a halfway decent chance of having to fly out of Atlanta Sunday evening for a makeup game in Detroit that could then cause them to play a tiebreaker game in Toronto or Baltimore which could then have them travel to the other city for a Wild Card game. And that’s if things break decently.

If they break poorly? It’ll be a long, season-closing flight home from Atlanta. A city that was supposed to provide respite for them when it first appeared on the schedule.