Saturday Matine: Worley vs. The Mets

Saturday Matine: Worley vs. The Mets

The Phillies will turn to Vance Worley this afternoon in a matinée against the New York Mets. The Mets took last night's series opener with the help of a couple of long balls off of Cliff Lee and another stifling performance from knuckle-baller R.A. Dickey.

A preview of today's pitching match up from CSN's "What you need to know:"

Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50 ERA) starts for the Phillies. Worley pitched
well in Pittsburgh in the opening series (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)
and exited the game in line for a win. The Phillies’ bullpen blew the
lead and the Pirates won on Andrew McCutchen’s walkoff single.

Jon
Niese (1-0, 4.50 ERA) makes his second start of the season for the
Mets. New York signed the 25-year-old lefty to a five-year, $25.5
million deal last Saturday, and he responded by pitching six no-hit
innings against the Braves. Shoddy Mets defense resulted in a final line
for Niese that belied his overall performance.

Charlie's Full Lineup for today: 1. Victorino, 2. Polanco, 3. Rollins, 4. Pence, 5. Mayberry, 6. Wigginton, 7. Galvis, 8. Schneider, 9. Worley.

Look at Freddy getting bumped up to the seven spot after his first career home run last night.

David Wright returns to the lineup for the Mets after suffering a broken finger earlier in the week. Tough dude.

4:05 pm start time from the Bank. Let's avoid an early season series loss the Mets, okay?

Tim Quarterman: Ben Simmons at PG will 'work out well' for Sixers

Tim Quarterman: Ben Simmons at PG will 'work out well' for Sixers

There are only a handful of people who have played basketball extensively with Ben Simmons, given he has been sidelined thus far into his rookie season with a foot injury. Those who spent Simmons’ freshman year at LSU with him have firsthand insight into the NBA player he has the potential to become.

“He's definitely a team player,” Tim Quarterman said. “He's a pass-first person. He wants to see his teammates do well. I think when he comes back to play, that's what he'll bring to Philly. He's not one of those people who just tries to go out there to get a 100 points. He's a good teammate.”

Quarterman was the Tigers’ point guard during Simmons’ only season in college. Quarterman left school after his junior year and earned a spot on the Trail Blazers' roster. He and Simmons have different stories: Simmons was the first overall pick; Quarterman went undrafted. Simmons has has been out since training camp; Quarterman, while playing sparingly, has experienced live NBA action. Still, the two have shared in the journey of life in the league. 

“It's a cool process going through our rookie season together,” Quarterman said before the Trail Blazers faced the Sixers Friday. “Even though he's not playing right now, he's working to get on the court. I'm sure he'll do great when he gets back out there. I got a chance to talk to him last night. Everything's been good so far.”

The Sixers got a small glimpse of Simmons during training camp before he suffered a Jones fracture on the final day. He recently began participating in 5-on-0 drills. Simmons also has been putting up shots after practice and doing light courtwork during pregame warmups. 

Brett Brown has said he intends to start the 6-foot-10 Simmons at the one spot when he returns. As part of his multi-faceted rehab, Brown has been giving Simmons written tests in which he has to navigate various in-game situations as the point guard. Simmons played point-forward at LSU, where he averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists. 

“He'll be able to space the floor,” Quarterman said of Simmons at the point. “He can see over the defense and make passes that some little guards can't. He can defend. He can move his feet well. I think it'll work out well.”

It remains to be seen when the former teammates will both be suited up in the same NBA game. There is no timetable set for Simmons’ return. The Sixers face the Trail Blazers for their second and final meeting of the regular season on March 9 in Portland. 

“It's cool for both of us to be making the best of our opportunity,” Quarterman said.