Phillies’ stacked rotation means rookie Vance Worley may be in playoff bullpen

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Everyone expected Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels to be amazing this season, but injuries to the rest of Philadelphia’s rotation opened the door for Vance Worley to claim a full-time spot and the 23-year-old rookie has responded by going 11-2 with a 2.92 ERA in 117 innings.

On many teams that would put him in line to start Game 1 or Game 2 of the playoffs, but with the Phillies he may not even be in the postseason rotation. And he’s OK with that.

When asked yesterday about Worley’s likely October role manager Charlie Manuel was uncertain, but Worley told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he’s fine doing whatever job is needed: “I’m just glad to be here. I don’t really care what my role is. I’m just glad to be able to contribute.”

Which is exactly what you’d hope a 23-year-old rookie would say, although Worley did add that he’d prefer to prepare for a bullpen role by working strictly as a reliever rather than bouncing back and forth.

Max Scherzer reaches 300 strikeouts on the season

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Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out his 300th batter of the season on Tuesday night against the Marlins. Austin Dean was the victim, swinging and missing at a 3-2 curve for the second out in the seventh inning.

Scherzer’s 2018 is the seventh 300-strikeout season since 2000. The others: Chris Sale (308; 2017 Red Sox), Clayton Kershaw (301; 2015 Dodgers), Randy Johnson (334; 2002 Diamondbacks), Curt Schilling (316; 2002 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (372; 2001 Diamondbacks), Randy Johnson (347; 2000 Diamondbacks). It’s the 67th 300-strikeout season dating back to 1883.

At the conclusion of the seventh, Scherzer had held the Marlins to a run on four hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. He entered the start 17-7 with a 2.57 ERA across 213 2/3 innings. Jacob deGrom will almost certainly win the NL Cy Young Award, but Scherzer’s 2018 has been outstanding.