Vargas
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
W-L
2-8
ERA
8.10
WHIP
1.781
K
44
SV
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Vargas was one of the biggest surprises of the first half, but his luck predictably ran out later in the year. After going 12-3 with a 2.62 ERA before the All-Star break, Vargas struggled to a 6.38 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over his final 15 starts (73.1 innings). The peripherals s... read more
Vargas was one of the biggest surprises of the first half, but his luck predictably ran out later in the year. After going 12-3 with a 2.62 ERA before the All-Star break, Vargas struggled to a 6.38 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over his final 15 starts (73.1 innings). The peripherals suggest that, on the whole, Vargas was far closer to the pitcher we saw in the second half than the one we saw over the first three and a half months, with his FIP and xFIP settling at 4.67 and 4.94, respectively. He displayed relatively sharp control with a 2.9 BB/9, but Vargas allowed a lot of contact (6.7 K/9), home runs were a major issue later in the campaign and lefty batters handled Vargas with ease (.356 wOBA). His lofty flyball rate makes significant improvement in the home-run department tough to envision, and the middling career strikeout rate gives him a hard ceiling in the fantasy game.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: L    Throws: L    HT: 6'0"    WT: 210 lbs.    DOB: 2/2/1983    College: Long Beach State    Drafted: 2nd Rd in 2004Show Contract
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Jason Vargas Contract Info:
Signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Mets in February of 2018. Contract includes a $8 million team option for 2020 and up to $3 million in incentives.
Hit hard, chased by rain
PNew York Mets
August 7, 2018
Vargas gave up three runs on three hits while recording one out in Tuesday's start against the Reds, which included a lengthy rain delay that forced Vargas from the game.
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2018 Stat Review for Jason Vargas
1.91 K/BB
POOR
7.43 K/9
WEAK
3.88 BB/9
POOR
86.7 MPH Fastball
TERRIBLE
2.2 HR/9
TERRIBLE
1.02 GB/FB Ratio
BALANCED
8.10 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.78 WHIP
TERRIBLE
6.18 FIP
TERRIBLE
0.357 BABIP
HIGH
57.3 % Strand Rate
LOW
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  1. Jason Vargas 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Jason Vargas 2017 Preseason Outlook
    A lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery in July 2015 cost Vargas nearly his entire season in 2016, with three starts in September representing his only appearances. He was solid in those starts, allowing an earned run per start while stretching out from three to four to five innings. However, his 86.6 mph average fastball velocity was a 1.5 mph drop from his efforts in 2015, a red flag that his stuff might be diminished by surgery. That might be an overblown concern, as Vargas' game has always been more about mixing pitches, including a particularly strong changeup. If he is able to show his old stuff, it could be another passable season for an extreme flyball pitcher throwing in front of an elite outfield defense. Vargas has posted an ERA+ above 100 in all three of his years with Kansas City after doing it only once in his first eight years in the league.
  3. Jason Vargas 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas started in just nine games for the Royals in 2015, where he posted a 5-2 record and a 3.98 ERA in 43 IP. When healthy, Vargas was proving to be a formidable arm in Kansas City's rotation. However, the 32-year-old pitcher took three trips to the DL all for different reasons. Vargas is well known for his ability to mix his pitches and has been claimed by many to have the best changeup in the game. This allows for Vargas to have high strikeout totals. The biggest issue for Vargas going into 2016 is the status of his elbow after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late July, which will hold him out of a significant portion of the 2016 season
  4. Jason Vargas 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas posted the best ERA of his major league career in 2014 (3.71), and the advanced numbers suggest it wasn't a fluke, as his .299 BABIP and 74.5 percent strand rate were right in line with his career numbers. The 31-year-old journeyman has performed well when calling a pitcher-friendly park home over his career, as his 0.91 HR/9 rate and 8.2% HR/FB ratio both hadn't been replicated since his time in SafeCo Field with the Mariners. He ended up third on the team in both total strikeouts (128) and innings pitched (187), and came through when called upon in the playoffs, posting a 3.52 ERA over 15.1 postseason innings. Vargas may not have overpowering stuff, but uses a solid changeup and occasional curveball to get hitters out, and is especially effective against lefties, having limited them to just a .661 OPS and two home runs on the season. He's put together a steady nine-year MLB career, but just as in past seasons, Vargas likely won't strike out enough hitters to be a major fantasy asset outside of deeper mixed and AL-only formats in 2015.
  5. Jason Vargas 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas missed nearly two months after getting a blood clot removed from his armpit in late June, but lulled hitters to sleep once again in 2013, posting a 4.02 ERA with the Halos. The veteran left-hander followed the formula which has made him a solid back end option in recent years last season: a low walk rate (2.8 BB/9) combined with soft-tossing deception (70.6% contact rate outside the strike zone). The Royals signed Vargas to a four-year, $32 million deal in November, as he represents an established presence who has the ability to throw 200 innings when healthy while posting a respectable, if unspectacular, ERA.
  6. Jason Vargas 2013 Preseason Outlook
    After consecutive years of absurdly low home-run rates – even more so considering his high flyball rates – Vargas normalized a bit in 2012, an ominous sign that was masked by Safeco Field, good defense, and luck. While Vargas' HR/9 rate ballooned to 1.45 last season (0.84, 0.99 the previous two years) and his HR/FB percent to 12.8 (6.1, 7.7), most of the damage was done on the road as spacious Safeco Field gave up just nine long balls in 98.2 innings. That resulted in a 2.74/4.78 home/road ERA split, but that's not the full story. Vargas' FIP (4.80) was nearly a full run higher than his ERA (3.85), and he stranded a career-high 73.8 percent of runners while posting a career-low .260 BABIP. Vargas' home protection will be reduced this year as he was traded to Anaheim in December for Kendrys Morales. If his luck changes too, he'll be in for tough times. His skill set remains a risky one to own despite the likelihood of improved run support and a very good outfield defense playing behind him in Anaheim.
  7. Jason Vargas 2012 Preseason Outlook
    The flyball-pitching Vargas continues to benefit from Safeco Field, even if his home-run rate inched up a little last season. Even though Vargas couldn't match his absurdly low home-run rate from 2010, he was still in rare company last season considering the number of flyballs he allows. Vargas' 43.9 flyball percentage ranked fifth in the AL last year, and only Jered Weaver gave up as many flyballs with a lower HR/FB rate than Vargas' 7.7 percent. Pitching in Safeco clearly helped, as Vargas posted a 46.4 flyball rate and 7.2 HR/FB mark at home. As a non-strikeout, pitch-to-contact hurler, Vargas is always going to be susceptible to crooked numbers – indeed, while his three shutouts ranked third in the AL, he also gave up at least five runs nine times – but pitching in a spacious home park at least helps keep the ball in the yard.
  8. Jason Vargas 2011 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas added a cut fastball last season and posted a career-high 62.5 first-strike percentage. He rolled through the first three months with a 2.80 ERA, but stumbled to a 4.76 ERA in the final three months as his BABIP normalized from .253 to .294. Vargas, though, benefited greatly from an absurdly low home-run rate. Vargas' 47.0 flyball percentage was fourth highest in the majors last season, but only 6.1 percent of his flyballs went for home runs. Playing in Safeco Field helped immensely as his home flyball rate was 48 percent and his home HR/FB rate was a mere 5.03 percent. Vargas is playing in the perfect park for his flyball ways, which explains his stark home/road splits.
  9. Jason Vargas 2010 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas was a regular on the Seattle-to-Tacoma train last year, hopping back and forth from Triple-A to the bigs as needed. He made 14 starts last season but isn't a good rotation option, and best that he can hope for in 2010 is to be a lefty out of the pen. In nine relief appearances last year, he struck out 13 and walked one.
  10. Jason Vargas 2009 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas missed all of 2008 with a torn labrum in his left hip and was dealt to Seattle in a three-way deal in December 2007. If Vargas comes back healthy, he'll likely have a shot at a middle-relief job in spring training. The Mariners have a couple of bullpen openings after losing J.J. Putz and Sean Green in the deal.
  11. Jason Vargas 2008 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas spent most of the year at Triple-A New Orleans, making two spot starts for the Mets. After an up-and-down first four months, Vargas closed with a bang in August and September before being sidelined with a bone spur in his pitching elbow that required surgery. He is expected to be healthy by spring training, where he may contend for a bullpen role.
  12. Jason Vargas 2007 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas started the year in the Marlins' rotation, but by the end of it he was back in the minors watching people like Anibal Sanchez zoom past him. Dealt to the Mets in the offseason, he'll still need to find a third pitch to have any prolonged success in the majors, no matter what uniform he's wearing.
  13. Jason Vargas 2006 Preseason Outlook
    Vargas made a splash in his first few starts after being called up after just three starts at Double-A, but faded as major league hitters figured out his two-pitch repertoire. He really needs more time in the minors to refine his arsenal, but the Marlins might decide to let him take his lumps at the back of their rotation in 2006.
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Hit hard, chased by rain
PNew York Mets
August 7, 2018
Vargas gave up three runs on three hits while recording one out in Tuesday's start against the Reds, which included a lengthy rain delay that forced Vargas from the game.
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Takes loss against Atlanta
PNew York Mets
August 2, 2018
Vargas (2-7) pitched five innings and took the loss Thursday, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks in the 4-2 loss to Atlanta. He struck out seven batters.
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Delivers short outing in return
PNew York Mets
July 27, 2018
Vargas allowed two runs on three hits and three walks while fanning three across 4.1 innings Friday as he didn't factor into the decision against Pittsburgh.
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Confirmed for Friday's start
PNew York Mets
July 27, 2018
Vargas (calf) has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Pirates.
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Set to return Friday
PNew York Mets
Calf
July 23, 2018
Vargas (calf) will return to action Friday against the Pirates, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
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