Jason Vargas
SP FA
2 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
2 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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 league 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.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
2 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
2 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
2 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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 drop off, 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.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
3 months ago

Vargas (14-10) was mauled by the Tigers to the tune of seven runs on six hits and a walk over just two innings in Tuesday's 13-2 loss.

EDGE Analysis

After setting down the side in order in the first inning, Vargas completely fell apart in the second. He started the frame by hitting a batter and walking another, then gave up a two-run double, an RBI single and a two-run homer before recording the first out; a second two-run shot rounded out the scoring and ensured that Vargas didn't come out to pitch the third inning. The veteran lefty, so good in the first half, has been an absolute train wreck over his last six starts -- over 28.1 innings, he's given up 29 earned runs, thanks in no small part to nine homers. Starting him in fantasy is a hard-to-justify gamble at this point.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
3 months ago

Vargas (14-9) took another loss Wednesday after giving up five runs on seven hits -- including three homers -- to the Rays. He struck out one and walked one over six innings of work.

EDGE Analysis

After opening the season with a 13-4 record and a 3.00 ERA over his first 20 outings, Vargas is now 1-5 in his last six starts. It hasn't been bad luck -- the veteran lefty has been tagged for a fantasy-team-ruining 25 runs through 31.1 innings in that span. The long ball has been hurting him, and while his control wasn't bad Wednesday, this six-game stretch has seen him put up a 3.7 BB/9, hit two batters and throw three wild pitches. He's seriously hard to trust right now, but at least he'll get a good bit of rest before making his next start Tuesday in Detroit.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
3 months ago

Vargas (14-8) took the loss against Cleveland on Friday, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings while striking out two.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran lefty's now dropped four of five decisions in August, stumbling to a 7.11 ERA through five starts on the month. Vargas' blistering start to the season is a distant memory, but he'll try to turn things around Wednesday at home against the Rays.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
3 months ago

Vargas (14-7) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven batters through just 4.2 innings during Saturday's loss to Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

The wheels appear to be falling off for the veteran lefty. Vargas has now allowed 16 runs through 20.1 innings over his past four starts for a 7.08 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Following his remarkable start to the campaign, his stat line (3.59 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 7.0 K/9) can sustain a few more rough outings, but his recent form isn't encouraging. Additionally, Vargas projects to make his next start against Cleveland, and this time the game is at Progressive Field where the Indians average 5.0 runs per game.

Jason Vargas
SP FA
3 months ago

Vargas (14-6) got the win Sunday by holding the White Sox to three runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings.

EDGE Analysis

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.