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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Jason Vargas was tagged for five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in a loss to the Twins on Thursday.
It was his shortest outing since 2011. Vargas gave up 10 hits (including a home run to Kennys Vargas) and one walk, so 11 out of the 21 batters he faced were able to reach base. Not good. He'll bring his newly-inflated 6.00 ERA into another start against the Twins next week. Apr 16 - 4:56 PM

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Jason Vargas pitched six innings and allowed two runs Friday in a win over the Angels.

Two earned runs in six innings is so much the prototypical Vargas start that it's rather surprising to see he ended up there just twice last year. He was just fine tonight despite finishing with a 7.89 ERA this spring.
Apr 11 - 1:52 AM

Jason Vargas threw four scoreless, hitless innings against the Astros in Saturday's spring finale.

It was a good way to close out the spring as Vargas has otherwise had a tough spring. He ends with a 7.89 ERA with a 19/6 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings. The 32-year-old doesn't have much mixed league appeal but is solid for AL-only purposes.
Apr 4 - 6:46 PM

Jason Vargas allowed four home runs over five innings of work in Monday's 11-7 loss to the Rangers.

The four who went yard off of Vargas: Adam Rosales, Leonys Martin, Jake Smolinski, and Ryan Rua. Luckily, all four were solo homers. Vargas gave up "only" five runs on the afternoon on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. It's been a rough spring for the lefty, as he sports a 9.68 ERA in 17 2/3 innings, but his spot in the Royals' rotation is secure.
Mar 30 - 7:38 PM

Jason Vargas was decimated by the Rockies in Thursday's start, surrendering nine runs in 1 2/3 innings.

It was, to say the least, not Vargas' afternoon. The left-hander allowed nine hits -- including three home runs -- while walking one and striking out one. Vargas has not had a good spring through three starts, but he's consistently been in the 3.70-4.25 ERA range over the last five seasons, which is what should be expected of the 32-year-old again this season.
Mar 19 - 7:21 PM

Jason Vargas was roughed up in Saturday's start versus the Angels, as he was charged with five runs (three earned) in three innings.

The Angels hung a five-spot against Vargas in the second inning. Overall, the lefty surrendered eight hits and a walk while striking out three. Vargas, now 32 years old, was solid for the Royals last season, finishing with a 3.71 ERA and a 128/41 K/BB ratio in 187 innings.
Mar 14 - 7:40 PM

Jason Vargas surrendered three runs over four-plus innings in a no-decision as the Royals fell to the Giants in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.

The 31-year-old left-hander was hittable from the start, as the Giants were able to scratch out a first-inning run and tacked on one more in the third inning. Vargas gave up a lead-off double to Joe Panik to begin the fifth inning before manager Ned Yost lifted him from the game. On 82 pitches, Vargas yielded the three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It's likely the last start Vargas will make until next season, though he could pitch in relief at some point for the Royals in Games 5, 6, and potentially 7.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 12:08:00 AM

Jason Vargas will start in Game 4 of the World Series against the Giants on Saturday.

Jeremy Guthrie will get the nod for Game 3. Vargas has allowed three runs with an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings over two starts this postseason. He'll face Ryan Vogelsong.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 03:59:00 PM

Jason Vargas limited the Orioles to one run over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in Game 4 of the ALCS.

The Royals could have gone with staff ace James Shields in this one because of Monday's rainout, but they stuck by Vargas and he delivered, yielding just two hits over his five-plus frames. Royals manager Ned Yost wisely went to the bullpen in the top of the sixth inning and the KC relief corps was again dominant, finishing off the ALCS sweep. The Royals are headed to their first World Series in 29 years.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 07:20:00 PM

Jason Vargas remains the Royals' scheduled starter for Game 4 of the ALCS on Wednesday.

The Royals could have pushed James Shields up to start on regular rest following Monday's rainout, but manager Ned Yost has decided to stick with Vargas. The veteran left-hander allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Jason Vargas was officially named the Royals' ALCS Game 4 starter on Sunday.

Manager Ned Yost had indicated that they were leaning towards Vargas in Game 4, and now he's made it official. Jeremy Guthrie will get the ball in Game 3 on Monday as Kansas City looks to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 02:41:00 PM

Royals skipper Ned Yost said Saturday that Jason Vargas would "probably" start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles.

With Jeremy Guthrie taking the hill in Game 3 and Vargas on tap for Game 4, Danny Duffy will continue to be a weapon available out of the bullpen. Vargas allowed just two runs over six strong innings in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Jason Vargas pitched six solid innings, yielding just two runs, in Thursday's 3-2, extra-innings win over the Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Vargas was taken deep twice -- by Chris Iannetta in the third and by David Freese in the fifth -- but thankfully they were both solo shots and he only yielded one hit and one walk otherwise. Royals manager Ned Yost elected to leave the lefty in in the sixth to face Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick with a runner on, but he got bailed out when Norichika Aoki made a nice catch on Kendrick's drive to the warning track. Vargas will start again in Game 5 if he's needed.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 01:30:00 AM

Jason Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels on Thursday.

Vargas, who pitched for the Angels in 2013, had a 3.71 ERA across 30 starts this season with Kansas City. Danny Duffy was the likely alternative for the Game 1 assignment. The rest of the rotation for the series has yet to be announced.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 03:47:00 PM

Jason Vargas gave up four runs in four innings Wednesday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

It was Vargas's fourth straight poor outing, the first three of which resulted in losses. As of Sept. 3, he was 11-7 with a 3.14 ERA. Now he's finishing the regular season 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA. The Royals are going to have a tough call if they advance to the ALDS; after ace James Shields, Danny Duffy and Yordano Ventura clearly look like the Royals' best starters right now. If the Royals start both youngsters, it'd leave just one spot for Vargas or Jeremy Guthrie. But that's almost surely how they need to play it.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Jarrod Dyson
3Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Ryan Madson
9Yohan Pino
10Tim Collins