Vargas (14-6) earned the win Sunday by holding the White Sox to three runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings. Vargas picked up just his second win and second quality start in the past seven outings after notching 12 of each in his first 16 appearances. The gap between his 3.45 ERA and his 4.81 xFIP continues to close, but it's still fair to say the veteran southpaw has been lucky up to this point. One decent start against the league's 24th-ranked offense isn't enough to reverse Vargas' recent trend in the wrong direction, so don't expect too much in his next start Saturday against the Indians.
Vargas (13-6) allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three over 4.2 innings during Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals. Vargas allowed just one run through the first four innings before unraveling in the fifth. He allowed a leadoff home run to Randal Grichuk and a two-run single to Yadier Molina before being lifted from the game. Mike Minor came on in relief and promptly served up a three-run jack to Jedd Gyorko, adding two more runs to Vargas' ledger. The 34-year-old will carry a 3.40 ERA into his upcoming start against the White Sox on Sunday.
Vargas will not make his next start Monday, as that game will go to Ian Kennedy following Saturday's rainout. The team hasn't announced the rest of the plans, but it's likely the left-hander will square off against St. Louis on Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The veteran was scheduled to take on the Cardinals either way, but the delay could cause fantasy owners some problems. Vargas was set up nicely for a two-start week beginning Monday, but that may change following the rainout. The Royals have a full slate of games over the next eight days, but if the club chooses to go with a six-man rotation, then Vargas's weekly value will take a hit.
Vargas (13-5) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six Orioles in Wednesday's loss. Although he wasn't at his best, Vargas still pitched well enough to win Wednesday. He kept the talented O's lineup in check for four of five frames, but a three-run third inning was enough to take down the AL wins leader. With 125 innings now on the southpaw's clock this year, it wouldn't be surprising to see the reins tightened in future starts -- Vargas logged just 55 total innings over the past two campaigns. The veteran will make his next start at home Monday against St. Louis.
Vargas fell off in July, posting a 7.23 ERA -- his worst such mark for any month since June of 2012 as a Mariner. It's probably unfair to say, "I told you so," when it comes to Vargas' unexpected early-season success, but July was certainly concerning. After serving up just eight home runs in his first 101.1 innings of the year, Vargas gave up six over 18.2 frames last month. The veteran ended June with an 85.7 percent strand rate, a mark many thought was unsustainable, and that number did in fact regress to 75.2 percent in July. Despite still leading the AL in wins (13) and ranking fourth in ERA (3.00), owners should be cautious of employing a set-it-and-forget-it strategy with Vargas as August begins.
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