He’s already known as the Vanimal. Maybe he’s part Incredible Hulk, too.
Vance Worley gave up three hits and a run in each of the first two innings of the Twins’ 8-7 loss to Puerto Rico on Wednesday, and it had a noticeable effect on him.
He got mad.
Worley didn’t exactly rip off his jersey and turn green, but his effectiveness — and velocity — grew as his temper did.
“I finally got tired of giving up little bleeders and broken-bat hits, and I figured the only way to beat them was throwing hard to try to beat their swing,” said Worley, who is working his was back from surgery to remove bone chips.
Manager Ron Gardenhire likes the angry Worley, if it means he’s a better pitcher. “When he got mad, he actually let it fly, and we saw the velocity jump up there [to] 93, 94 [mph],” Gardenhire said. “That’s probably a good thing. Now he realizes he can do that and let it go.”
Fired up by struggles, Worley finds effectiveness, velocity in Twins loss
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 7