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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 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

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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

Jason Vargas was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Yankees on Wednesday.

Baseball's best offense to date put a licking on its ERA leader. Vargas gave up more earned runs tonight than he did in his first seven starts combined (five), and his ERA jumped from 1.01 to 2.03. Vargas will get the Yankees again next time out, that one at Yankee Stadium. Mixed leaguers shouldn't gamble on a bounce-back performance.
May 18 - 12:11 AM

Jason Vargas pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in the Royals' 6-0 win over the Rays on Thursday.

Vargas has given up as many as 35 homers in a season, but this year, he's surrendered just one in 44 2/3 innings. It's encouraging what he's done from a strikeout perspective, but the homers are going to begin to come; he is, after all, a flyball pitcher who throws 86 mph.
May 11 - 4:27 PM

Jason Vargas came away with a no-decision despite tossing six innings of shutout baseball against the Indians on Saturday.

He left the game with a tight 1-0 lead that was squandered by the bullpen. He gave up four base hits and two walks while fanning six. Vargas has been an extremely nice surprise for his fantasy owners thus far. The 34-year-old missed most of the last two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery. His record holds at 4-1 with a 1.19 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings. His next start is expected to be on the road versus the Rays on Thursday.
May 6 - 6:57 PM

Jason Vargas held the White Sox to one run over six innings to improve to 4-1 on Monday.

Vargas rebounded from a poor outing against the White Sox last week, but his strikeout rate didn't; he had a 1/3 K/BB ratio tonight after entering the game at 28/2 in 25 2/3 innings. He's a weak play in mixed leagues with the Indians next on the schedule.
May 1 - 11:23 PM

Jason Vargas gave up four runs -- three earned -- over five innings Monday as the Royals were blown out by the White Sox.

Vargas was due for some regression and it came Monday in the form of seven White Sox hits, including a homer by Matt Davidson in the bottom of the second inning. Vargas didn't issue a walk and struck out five, but he was saddled with his first loss of the season and we'd expect his ERA to continue rising. It jumped from 0.44 to 1.40 on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. He'll get the Twins at Kauffman Stadium next.
Apr 24 - 11:05 PM

Jason Vargas did it again Wednesday, striking out nine in seven scoreless innings to beat the Giants.

Vargas has 17 strikeouts over 14 2/3 scoreless innings in his last two starts, and he has a 0.44 ERA over his three outings. Vargas has a career K/9 IP of 6.0, but he's at 10.0 right now. While don't expect it to last, he's a viable play in mixed leagues with the White Sox and Twins on the schedule next week.
Apr 19 - 11:04 PM

Jason Vargas was brilliant in Thursday’s 3-1 win over the A’s, striking out eight over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Vargas scattered four hits and issued just one walk in what was a masterful performance. He finished up his outing having thrown an economical 98 pitches (66 strikes). With the win, Vargas improved to 2-0 through his first two starts of the season. He has surrendered just one run in 13 2/3 innings and will try to keep this hot early roll going in a home start against the Giants next time out. Runs could be rare commodities in that one, as Vargas will be opposed by Madison Bumgarner.
Apr 14 - 5:04 AM

Jason Vargas allowed just one earned run, six hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in Friday's 5-1 win at Houston.

Vargas picked up his first win in the majors since June 2015, as the southpaw was limited to just three big-league starts in 2016. It appears he is back to 100 percent after reconstructive elbow surgery and he nailed down the first win of the season for Kansas City after a tough series to start in Minnesota.
Apr 7 - 11:27 PM

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