Jason Vargas
SP KC
3 days ago

Vargas (11-3) allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out two across seven innings to earn the victory Saturday against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas was touched up for single runs in the fourth and seventh innings, but otherwise had little trouble holding down the Blue Jays while receiving just enough run support for him to notch his 11th victory of the campaign. He's now collected victories in each of his last six starts while maintaining a 2.29 ERA, and he continues to be one of the very best pitching options in the fantasy world. He'll make his next start Friday against the Twins.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 week ago

Vargas (10-3) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts pver six innings in a win Sunday over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas has now won five straight games and has allowed three runs or less in all five. His control has been impeccable -- Vargas has walked just seven batters in 32.2 innings over this current hot streak, which has been the main driver behind his 2.14 ERA over those five starts. In a shocker to pundits across the nation, with Sunday's win, Vargas becomes the league's first pitcher to 10 wins.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
2 weeks ago

Vargas (9-3) allowed one run on five hits and a walk over seven innings during Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Giants. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas's resurgent season hummed along Tuesday as the 34-year-old was in control of Giants hitters from the first inning onward as he led the Royals to their third consecutive victory. His rock solid performance dropped his season ERA to a dazzling 2.10 on the year. The left-handed hurler has positioned himself as one of the most intriguing potential trade chips as we head towards the July 31 trade deadline. Vargas will look to stay hot during his date with the Angels on Sunday.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Vargas (8-3) allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five batters during Wednesday's win over Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas is proving his early-season dominance has long legs with four consecutive strong outings against the who's who of the American League. He's faced the Yankees, Indians (twice) and Astros during the four-game stretch and allowed just seven runs over 25.2 innings for a 2.45 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He's never going to pile up many strikeouts, but his 7.1 K/9 is serviceable. Vargas projects to face the Giants at AT&T Park in his next start.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
3 weeks ago

Vargas (7-3) blanked Cleveland over nine innings in Friday's 4-0 win, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out three.

EDGE Analysis

After giving up 11 runs over 15.2 innings in his last three starts, Vargas returned to his surprising early-season form and recorded his first shutout since 2014 and the seventh of his career. The veteran lefty just missed twirling a Maddux, needing 103 pitches (69 strikes) to complete the gem, and and the outing lowering his ERA back to 2.08 on the season. Vargas will next take the mound Wednesday at home against the Astros.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
4 weeks ago

Vargas won three of six starts while managing a 3.12 ERA over 34.2 innings in May.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, the veteran's numbers dipped from his amazing performance in the season's opening month (1.40 ERA over 25.2 innings). Vargas' May strikeout and walk rates of 15.8 and 8.9 percent, respectively, were way off the 28.9 and 2.1 percent marks he posted in April. That said, the southpaw's overall ERA (2.39), WHIP (1.13) and FIP (3.38) are among some of the best in MLB. Vargas is walking a fine line, though, as his 83.9 percent strand rate ranks in the AL's top-five, and that leaves him with little room for error.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 month ago

Vargas (6-3) pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on nine hits with two walks and one strikeout in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas snapped a personal two-game losing streak by defeating the Indians Saturday afternoon. Despite allowing a season-high nine hits, Vargas was able to hold the opponent to two or fewer runs for the seventh time. After missing most of 2016 following Tommy John surgery, Vargas has been one of the biggest surprises in the American League. He ranks third in the AL in wins, while his 2.39 ERA ranks fourth. Vargas will look to beat the Indians again in his next start, this time facing Josh Tomlin.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 month ago

Vargas (5-3) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks across six innings in Monday's loss to the Yankees. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

Vargas did well to limit baserunners for the most part but was bitten by the long ball, which accounted for all three runs on his ledger. He struggled to find the strike zone at times and tied a season high with three free passes, one of which came around to score. The left-hander was terrific to start the season and still holds a sterling 2.30 ERA, but he has given up nine earned runs and three home runs in his last 10 innings -- issues that used to plague him in his earlier days. Vargas has now suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season and will have the chance to bounce back Saturday against the Indians.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 month ago

Vargas (5-2) coughed up six runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings while striking out four in Wednesday's 11-7 loss to the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

The shellacking doubled Vargas' ERA on the season to a still-tiny 2.03. The veteran lefty has only given up more than one run in a start twice so far this season, and his peripherals (including a 43:10 K:BB through 48.2 innings) suggest that he may not be pitching as far over his head as it appears at first glance. He'll get a rematch with New York in Yankee Stadium on Monday.

Jason Vargas
SP KC
1 month ago

Vargas, who's 5-1 with a MLB-best 1.01 ERA, is finding success with a brand new release point he's employed this season, Devan Fink of SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

Trying to make sense of Vargas' success is not an easy task. He's an aging left-hander whose fastball is one of the slowest in the league -- not to mention he missed practically all of 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Yet, somehow, Vargas is pitching better than ever in 2017 while posting numbers comparable to Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale. Fink's report points to a couple of factors for the veteran's early-season accomplishments, with the most notable change being Vargas releasing the ball at a lower point than ever before. Admittedly, the same size is still a bit small for making sweeping conclusions, and the veteran has also been a bit lucky along the way (.264 BAA). Regardless, the 34-year-old is deserving of a roster spot across all formats until regression occurs. Without drawing too close of a comparison, it's worth recognizing that 2016's ERA champion, Kyle Hendricks, was also off the radar for such honors before the campaign started.