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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 was shelled on Sunday, giving up six runs in four innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks.
Vargas allowed six hits, and walked four while striking out four. It's a disappointing end to the season for the left-hander, but all things considered, this was a successful year. He won 18 games, and while that's not necessarily indicative of success, it does illustrate how good of a job he does in keeping teams in games and ability to get quality innings. He's a better real life pitcher than fantasy option, though, and shouldn't be a high pick in 2018 drafts. Sun, Oct 1, 2017 07:12:00 PM

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Jason Vargas surrendered one run in six innings to beat the Tigers for his 18th win on Tuesday.

The Royals were eliminated despite winning, so we're not sure if we'll see Vargas again this weekend. 18 wins beats his previous career high by four, and he pulled his ERA back under 4.00 to 3.94 with the strong showing tonight. He still has a 6.29 ERA since the beginning of July.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:46:00 PM

Jason Vargas hurled 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Royals shut out the Blue Jays 1-0 on Thursday.

Vargas gave up a pair of singles and walked three but didn't allow any damage, the first time in the season's second half that he's exited a start without allowing a run. That was good for his 17th win of the year, and his third in a row. The southpaw is 17-10 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 30 starts this year. He'll try keep rolling Tuesday against the struggling Tigers.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 11:07:00 PM

Jason Vargas yielded three runs over five-plus innings in Friday’s 4-3 win over the Indians.

Vargas might be the answer to a trivia question someday after playing a part in ending the Indians’ 22-game winning streak. The southpaw allowed five hits — including a two-run homer to Jose Ramirez in the third inning — and three walks while fanning four batters. He was pulled after walking a batter to begin the sixth. The southpaw has now won back-to-back starts since losing six out of seven starts. He has regressed significantly in the past and still makes for a shaky fantasy option.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 10:39:00 PM

Jason Vargas bounced back from his rough start on Tuesday and picked up his 15th win of the year against Minnesota on Sunday.

Vargas went five innings, allowed four hits, gave up one run and struck out three. He's never going to pile up the strikeouts, but Vargas keeps Kansas City in games by limiting the self-inflicted damage. He'll get a chance to pick up win No.16 on Friday against Cleveland.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 06:06:00 PM

Jason Vargas was lit up for seven runs in two innings by the Tigers on Tuesday.

That's the Tigers without J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez. James McCann was batting cleanup. Ian Kinsler was the only guy in the lineup with a career OPS over .750. Did you know that Vargas was an All-Star two months ago? He has a 4.23 ERA now. He's given up 47 earned runs in 52 innings since the beginning of July.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 10:47:00 PM

Jason Vargas surrendered five runs in six innings and was charged with a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

He couldn't keep the ball in the yard, serving up solo homers to Adeiny Hechavarria, Steven Souza Jr. and Logan Morrison in the contest. He recorded just one strikeout against one walk and seven base hits. Vargas thrived most of the season but has been in a bit of a rut in recent weeks. He falls to 14-9 with a 3.87 ERA in 26 starts. His owners will hope for improved results in his upcoming two-start week versus the Tigers and Twins.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 11:27:00 PM

Jason Vargas struggled in Friday's loss to the Indians, allowing four runs on six hits over his five innings of work.

The veteran southpaw walked two and struck out two on the night. He allowed a pair of runs in the third inning, then surrendered a two-run blast to Francisco Lindor in the fifth. It's the second straight rough start that he has had against the Tribe. He'll try to get back on track when he brings a 3.72 ERA and 1.31 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Rays.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 09:59:00 PM

Jason Vargas allowed four runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

Vargas did manage to strike out seven for the second start in a row, but the Indians pecked away with a run in the first, two more in the fourth and one in the fifth. The loss is the third in his last four starts, dropping him to 14-7 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 24 starts overall. He'll have a shot at some retribution Friday when the Royals travel to Cleveland to take on the Tribe once again.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 11:49:00 PM

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.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 05:56:00 PM

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.
Tue, Aug 8, 2017 11:19:00 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.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 11:25:00 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.
Fri, Jul 28, 2017 10:43:00 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.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 12:27:00 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.
Tue, Jul 18, 2017 12:02:00 AM

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