Jason Vargas

#51 SP / Kansas City Royals / EXP: 12YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 215 lb Age: 34 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    • Royals' Jason Vargas: Fails in quest for 19th win
      By RotoWire Staff

      Vargas (18-11) fell flat in Sunday's finale against Arizona, allowing six runs on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts over four-plus innings to take the loss. Vargas entered needing a victory to take sole possession of the league lead in the wins category but failed spectacularly against a playoff-bound Arizona team that took most of its key contributors out of the game early. He actually entered the fifth inning with the game tied 2-2 but gave up four runs before being pulled with nobody out, with most of the damage coming on a Jeremy Hazelbaker three-run homer. Even though this one didn't go his way, the 34-year-old lefty still has a lot to be proud of given his career-best 18 wins and passable 4.16 ERA.

    • Vargas (18-10) allowed one run on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts over six innings to nab the win Tuesday against the Tigers. Vargas went through an extended rough patch after the All-Star break, but has rebounded down the stretch with four consecutive victories. This hot streak has pushed Vargas into a three-way tie with Corey Kluber and Clayton Kershaw for the MLB lead in wins at 18. He'll have a chance to potentially nudge ahead of that elite company in Sunday's season finale against the Diamondbacks.

    • Vargas (17-10) allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out seven over 6.1 shutout innings to beat the Blue Jays on Thursday. Vargas came in with a 7.11 ERA in 12 starts since pitching in the All-Star Game, but flashed his first half form in this one while winning a 1-0 pitchers' duel over J.A. Happ. The veteran lefty has now won three consecutive starts after dropping each of his previous four, helping Kansas City stay faintly within striking distance of the second AL Wild Card spot. If the team doesn't move him up in an effort to make a playoff push, Vargas will make his final appearance of the season Wednesday against the Tigers.

    • Vargas (16-10) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four and picking up the win Friday against the Indians. The crafty southpaw put a stop to the Tribe's record-breaking streak of 22 straight wins. Friday also pushed Vargas into a tie atop the AL with 16 wins. After reeling off six losses in seven starts from Aug. 2 to Sept. 5, the veteran has now grabbed back-to-back wins for the first time since before the Midsummer Classic. Vargas will go for three straight when he toes the rubber in Toronto for his next start on Thursday.

    • Royals' Jason Vargas: Rebounds for 15th win
      By RotoWire Staff

      Vargas (15-10) allowed a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out three batters through five innings during Sunday's win over Minnesota. Vargas had allowed at least three runs in each of his past seven outings dating back to Aug. 2, so this was an bounce-back outing from the veteran lefty. However, he's still up to a 4.15 ERA and 1.33 WHIP for the campaign. Considering he finished the first half with 2.62 and 1.15 marks, that's a significant dropoff, and it's probably wise to be selective with his matchups moving forward. A daunting road game against Cleveland at Progressive Field is up next for Vargas, too.

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