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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
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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

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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

Jason Vargas yielded two runs in seven innings in a 10-3 win over the Athletics in Cactus League action on Monday.

It was easily his best outing of the spring. The veteran lefty scattered five hits — including a solo homer to prospect Matt Chapman — while walking none and striking out five. After missing most of 2016 while in rehab mode after Tommy John surgery, Vargas will begin the year with a rotation spot. He’s not the most exciting fantasy option at this stage.
Mar 27 - 7:28 PM

Jason Vargas yielded two earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start versus the Diamondbacks.

Chris Herrmann hit a solo homer in the second inning and Gregor Blanco smacked an RBI triple in the fifth. It was a decent overall outing for Vargas, who ultimately surrendered just three hits and lowered his spring ERA from 6.00 to 5.40. He's been limited to a grand total of 55 innings over the last two seasons because of Tommy John surgery, but 2017 offers a real chance for a bounceback.
Mar 21 - 6:46 PM

Jason Vargas surrendered four runs -- two earned -- in a two-inning start versus the Mariners on Thursday.

He gave up three hits and a walk without fanning a batter. He now has a 6.00 ERA in his nine innings of Cactus League work. Vargas missed most of the last two seasons recuperating from Tommy John surgery. He has a rotation slot locked down as long as he proves he is healthy.
Mar 16 - 7:38 PM

Justin Vargas struck out three while issuing three walks over three scoreless innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

Vargas has pitched in just 12 games over the last two seasons due to Tommy John surgery. In his last fully healthy campaign, the veteran southpaw put up a 3.71 ERA in 30 starts (187 innings). He has proven himself to be a dependable starter when healthy and figures to make the Opening Day rotation unless he experiences a physical setback.
Mar 11 - 6:57 PM

Jason Vargas surrendered one run on three hits over two innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League loss to the Reds.

Vargas struck out three without walking a batter, so it wasn't all bad. Tommy John surgery has kept him on the sideline for the bulk of the past two seasons, but assuming he can maintain his health and pitch respectably through to the end of the spring training, he figures to be a member of the Opening Day rotation.
Mar 4 - 6:14 PM

Jason Vargas was touched up for three runs in two innings in a start versus the Mariners on Monday.

He gave up two walks and four hits, including a two-run homer by Jean Segura. Vargas is safely ensconced in the middle of the Royals' rotation unless he has a run of poor games like this one. He missed almost all of the last two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 34-year-old journeyman has a 4.18 ERA in 1221 2/3 career innings since 2005.
Feb 28 - 12:06 AM

Jason Vargas notched five scoreless innings while giving up just four hits but did not factor into the decision as the Royals beat the Twins 5-2 on Wednesday.

He punched out six and walked only one. The veteran was making just his third start after spending almost the entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He has a 2.25 ERA with 11 strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings of work. The Royals have to be happy with his progress heading into the offseason.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 11:56:00 PM

Jason Vargas allowed two runs over four innings Thursday against the Indians.

Making his second start of the year, the southpaw yielded just two hits -- including a solo homer -- while walking one and striking out four. He's got a 3.86 ERA through two starts, and Vargas will likely make at least one more before shutting it down for 2016. That start will likely come Tuesday against the Twins.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 11:25:00 PM

Jason Vargas allowed a run over three innings of work Saturday against the White Sox, his first start of the season.

The start was actually his first since July 21, 2015, after which he had Tommy John surgery. On Saturday, the southpaw gave up two hits and a walk while recording a strikeout and throwing 52 pitches. Vargas will continue to work his way back into form with an eye on being healthy for 2017. Even then, he won't be a player to target in our game.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 11:38:00 PM

Royals activated LHP Jason Vargas from the 60-day disabled list.

He'll make his season debut on Saturday against the White Sox. The left-hander has fought his way back after undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. He remains a rather unappealing fantasy option.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 03:52:00 PM

Jason Vargas (elbow) will start for the Royals on Saturday at home against the White Sox.

It will be the first appearance of the season for Vargas, who underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July. He is only expected to throw around three innings on Saturday versus Chicago and the 33-year-old left-hander had a 5.85 ERA in six minor league rehab starts, so it's probably wise to continue ignoring him in standard fantasy leagues.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 03:59:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Brian Flynn