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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher | #51

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (0) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Vargas struck out seven over six innings of three-run ball in Sunday's victory over the Royals.
The veteran southpaw scattered six hits and a pair of walks on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came in the fifth inning, where Tim Anderson crushed a two-run homer and Jose Abreu tacked on an RBI single. He'll carry a 3.45 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 102/39 K/BB ratio in Saturday's showdown against the division-rival Indians. Aug 13 - 5:56 PM

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Jason Vargas was hit hard in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering six runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

Vargas walked three and struck out three on the night. Yadier Molina got the Cardinals on the board with a solo homer in the fourth and Randal Grichuk added a solo blast during a six-run uprising in the fifth inning. The early-season shine appears to have worn off the veteran left-hander as he's slowly crashing back down to Earth. He'll carry a 3.40 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Sunday's outing against the White Sox in Chicago.
Aug 8 - 11:19 PM

Jason Vargas allowed three runs in five innings and was hit with a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He gave up only four hits but three of them came in a three-run second inning capped by a Caleb Joseph two-run bomb. Vargas struck out six batters and issued two walks in the ballgame. He falls to 13-5 with a 3.10 ERA in 21 starts.
Aug 2 - 11:25 PM

Jason Vargas fired six innings of one-run ball in a win over the Red Sox on Friday.

Vargas held the Red Sox off the board until Mookie Betts plated a run with a single in the fifth. The veteran left-hander struck out two and walked two en route to his 13th win of the season. It looked like Vargas was finally turning into a pumpkin after allowing 12 runs over two starts earlier this month, but he has allowed just three runs in 11 innings over his last two turns. He’ll carry a 3.00 ERA into a start against the Orioles in Baltimore next week.
Jul 28 - 10:43 PM

Jason Vargas kept the White Sox to two runs over five innings but didn't factor in the decision Saturday.

Vargas held the Sox offense basically in check save for Melky Cabrera, who got to the southpaw for a solo homer in the third inning before doubling in another run in the fifth. Vargas was very good against the non-Cabrera White Sox, though, scattering seven hits and a walk overall. It was a good rebound from a pair of poor performances his last two times out. With Saturday's showing, the 34-year-old remains 12-4 with a 3.08 ERA and 1.24 WHIP heading into Friday's clash with the Red Sox.
Jul 23 - 12:27 AM

Jason Vargas was tagged for six runs in 2 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Tigers.

Vargas also gave up six runs in his previous start this month. He'd given up more than three earned runs in a start just once during the first three months, but he was due for some correction there. He entered the night with a 3.78 FIP to go along with his 2.62 ERA. There isn't much reason to think he'll be a significant asset in mixed leagues in the second half.
Jul 18 - 12:02 AM

Jason Vargas allowed six earned runs, eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Wednesday in Seattle.

The six runs allowed tied a season high, and the three home runs he allowed were his most given up so far through 17 starts. His ERA jumped from 2.22 to 2.62 as a result of the uneven performance, but the Royals still ended up winning. They're now a perfect 8-0 over his past eight outings dating back to May 22.
Jul 6 - 4:05 AM

Jason Vargas notched his AL-leading 12th victory of the season after tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Twins on Friday.

While many have been waiting for the wheels to come off, Vargas just keeps on keeping on. The only run scored on an RBI single off the bat off Miguel Sano in the third inning. The southpaw struck out four and walked four in the victory and still has an AL-best 2.22 ERA. He’ll finish off his first half with a start against the Mariners next week.
Jun 30 - 11:25 PM

Jason Vargas held the Blue Jays to two runs in seven innings to lead his club to a 3-2 victory on Saturday.

All the damage came on solo home runs by Troy Tulowitzki and Kevin Pillar. Vargas surrendered eight hits, struck out just two batters and did not issue any free passes in the ballgame. He has been one of the season's biggest surprises thus far. He improves to 11-3 with a marvelous 2.29 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through 15 starts. He has accumulated 70 strikeouts and 20 walks in 94 1/3 innings.
Jun 24 - 6:07 PM

Jason Vargas improved to 10-3 while allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings in Sunday's win over the Angels.

Vargas struck out three and walked two on the afternoon. The Angels scored two runs off him in the first inning and one more in the sixth. He is pitching to a strong 2.27 ERA and 1.13 WHIP this season and will try to keep it going in a home start against the Blue Jays next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 18 - 7:19 PM

Jason Vargas allowed one earned run, five hits and a walk with six strikeouts over seven innings in a win Tuesday in San Francisco.

Vargas threw 65 of his 102 pitches for strikes, improving to 9-3 while lowering his ERA to 2.10 during the quality start. He will put the second-best ERA in the majors on the line in his next scheduled start Sunday at the L.A. Angels. Vargas is 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA over six road assignments so far this season.
Jun 14 - 3:00 AM

Jason Vargas pitched five innings and allowed two runs Wednesday in a victory over the Astros.

Vargas has been one of the league's best this year and he was coming off his seventh career shutout, but the Royals still smartly employed a quick hook tonight, removing him after 89 pitches. Even factoring in the shutout, Vargas's last five starts haven't been nearly as good as his first seven. Still, he's keeping it together. He has favorable matchups next week against the Giants and Angels.
Jun 8 - 12:06 AM

Jason Vargas pitched his first shutout since 2014 in the Royals' 4-0 win over the Indians on Friday.

It was his seventh career shutout. Vargas has really fallen off in the strikeout department since his stunning start there; he's fanned 31 batters in his last eight starts after totaling 23 strikeouts in his first three. Still, he's remained pretty effective, giving up more than three earned runs just once. He's pretty much singlehandedly keeping the Royals afloat; the team is 7-4 in his starts and 16-26 the rest of the time.
Jun 2 - 11:48 PM

Jason Vargas allowed nine hits but just two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Indians on Saturday.

Vargas allowed runs in the first and third innings and was seemingly en route to a short afternoon, but he managed to work out of multiple jams on his way to the win. The shine has worn off the southpaw, if only slightly, in recent starts, but he still sports a strong 2.39 ERA and 1.13 WHIP through 10 starts. The Indians will get their shot at revenge against the 34-year-old when the two sides meet again Friday.
May 27 - 8:38 PM

Jason Vargas yielded three runs in six innings Monday in a loss to the Yankees.

Vargas fared better in Yankee Stadium than he did five days ago in a home start against the Yankees, but homer count for the season did double from two to four, as both Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius took him deep. More homers are on the way, probably this weekend when he pitches in Cleveland.
May 22 - 11:00 PM

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