Jason Vargas SP KC 24 hours ago

Vargas was rattled once again in Monday's Cactus League matchup with the Rangers, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings pitched.

It was the third time this spring that Vargas has allowed five or more runs, as the 32-year-old veteran seems to be backing his way into the season's opening week. He admitted after Monday's game that he had difficulty getting ahead in counts, describing this aspect as "the cause of most problems," per the Kansas City Star. Although the left-hander has a rotation spot locked down, owners outside of deeper and AL-only formats may want to temper expectations.

Jason Vargas SP KC 6 months ago

Vargas will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Manager Ned Yost wants to get James Shields and Yordano Ventura some extra rest, so he'll turn to Vargas, who gave up two runs on three hits over six innings against the Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS. The skipper admitted his decision might have been different if his team wasn't already up 2-0 in the series.

Jason Vargas SP KC 6 months ago

Royals manager Ned Yost said Vargas will "probably" start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Tuesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Vargas gave up a pair of homers in Game 1 of the ALDS, after posting a 6.57 ERA in his final five starts of the regular season, but Yost will stick with him in the rotation and keep fellow lefty Danny Duffy as the long man out of the bullpen. The Game 4 start will come at Kauffman Stadium, where Vargas has a 4.53 ERA and .289 BAA this season.

Jason Vargas SP KC 6 months ago

Vargas will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Angels on Thursday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

The decision to use Yordano Ventura in relief during Tuesday's AL Wild Card game effectively cemented Vargas in as the probable Game 1 starter for Kansas City. While Vargas has posted respectable overall numbers this season, he struggled in September (6.57 ERA), and gave up seven runs on 12 hits over 10.1 innings in his two starts against the AL West champion Angels during the regular season.

Jason Vargas SP KC 6 months ago

Vargas gave up four runs on four hits over four innings in a no-decision against Cleveland on Wednesday.

The Tribe plated the eventual game-winning run against Brandon Finnegan in the fifth inning, keeping the slim playoff hopes alive for Cleveland and pulling the Royals further away from overtaking the Tigers in the AL Central race. Vargas seems unlikely to start the Wild Card Game next week if the Royals fall short of winning the division, as the rotation order will likely be shuffled to optimize matchups.

Jason Vargas SP KC 6 months ago

Vargas was rocked for five runs on nine hits, he did not walk a batter, and struck out one while lasting just 3.1 innings in a 10-1 loss to the Tigers on Friday night.

The Tigers were roaring against Vargas (11-10, 3.59 ERA) and continued the onslaught against the Royals' bullpen after he departed. Vargas has struggled of late, and with Kansas City involved in a hotly-contested playoff race, he's going to need to step up in his final start against the White Sox in Chicago.

Jason Vargas SP KC 7 months ago

Vargas gave up four runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings Tuesday against the Tigers.

He took the loss for the third time in his last four starts, but this was the first time he failed to make it out of the sixth inning over that stretch. Barring a wild collapse, Vargas should finish the year with an ERA under 3.50 and a WHIP under 1.30, which is about as good as anyone who drafted him at the start of the season could have hoped for. He'll never be a major strikeout threat, but guys who can approach 200 innings with a sub-3.50 ERA don't grow on trees. His next outing is Sunday against the Red Sox.

Jason Vargas SP KC 7 months ago

Vargas hurled 6.2 shutout innings Wednesday, scattering six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in a 4-1 win over the Rangers.

Vargas was fantastic Wednesday, allowing less than a baserunner per inning to help the Royals sweep the Rangers. The right-hander improves to 11-7 on the season with a 3.14 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 112:34 K:BB ratio in 169 innings. Vargas takes the hill Tuesday in Detroit.

Jason Vargas SP KC 7 months ago

Vargas labored through six innings Friday night, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out five in a loss to the Indians.

Vargas was knocked around for the second straight outing Friday night, as the veteran hurler has now given up 21 hits over his last 12 innings. Despite an abundance of base runners, the crafty southpaw has somewhat limited the damage, allowing just seven runs (six earned) over the same span. Overall, Vargas has put up an impressive campaign for the first place Royals and will be back on the bump Wednesday versus the Rangers.

Jason Vargas SP KC 7 months ago

Vargas surrendered 11 hits and three runs (two earned) in a losing decision against the Rangers on Sunday. He had three strikeouts and four walks.

Vargas entered Sunday's start on a roll, having allowed only three earned runs over his previous 21 innings. However, the southpaw struggled with his location against Texas and paid for it. Vargas will next take the bump on Friday against Cleveland.