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Eleven Years Later, Vargas Wins

There are many different ways to gauge how bad the Marlins are after they traded Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna. Perhaps the best way to gauge it was how Jason Vargasshut them down tonight.

Entering tonight, Vargas was 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA, and he had yet to pitch long enough to qualify for a win, which based on his ERA, was the least of his problems.

Astonishingly, Vargas was perfect through three. He wouldn’t get into trouble until the fifth. He was able to get through the two on one out situation by striking out Lewis Brinson and Elieser Hernandezto get out of the jam.

At 86 pitches, Vargas was done putting the game into the Mets offense and bullpen’s hands.

The Mets did have a lead when Vargas departed thanks to the speed of Amed Rosario.

In the third, Rosario reached on a one out single, and he was standing there when Asdrubal Cabreracame to the plate. Like he’s done all year, he delivered with a double to right center. On the double, Rosario took off, and with his incredible speed, he scored from first.

This gave the Mets a lead, but with the offense struggling, the bullpen did not have any margin of error.

In the sixth, Paul Sewald got into some trouble. After a two out Starlin Castro single, Sewald walked Brian AndersonJerry Blevins didn’t help matters but walking Justin Bour to load the bases. AJ Ramos came on and fell behind 2-0 to Derek Dietrich. Ramos battled back in that at-bat, and he struck out Dietrich to end the inning.

As impressive as that was, Ramos helped negate a lead-off walk to Miguel Rojas by being aggressive with his defense. He quickly and adeptly fielded a comeback we from JB Shuck. He quickly whipped and threw to second for the 1-6-3 inning ending double play.

The Mets would plate another run lather that inning on a rally started with a one out Devin Mesoraco double. After Luis Guillorme reached on an error by Martin Prado, Wilmer Flores made sure to make the Marlins pay for the misplay by going with an 0-2 fastball on the outer half to drive the ball past Castro and expand the Mets lead to 2-0.

Those two runs were plenty as Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia combined to shut down the Marlins in the 8th and 9th to give the Mets their fourth win in a row.  It was also the first time Vargas won a game in a Mets uniform breaking a streak stretching back 11 years (and three teams).

Game Notes: The Mets are purportedly showing interest in recently released Jose Bautista.  It will be interesting to see what the corresponding move will be because the team says Jose Reyes‘ spot on the roster is safe.

16 thoughts on “Eleven Years Later, Vargas Wins”

  1. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Nice going Jason, loved the late movement and pitch selection.
    Yet it was a AAAAA lineup on average.

    Congrats on the comeback, we needed it against their top pitcher.

    Yes, let us talk about the dynamics of next year, the second year of Mr. Vargas’s deal:

    The other options were:

    Sign a pitcher earlier
    Sign one later and forgo their #1 pick
    or
    Trade prospects

    The Nationals have traded prospects:

    They empty the system of high end talent except Robles to trade for Adam Eaton
    They empty it again for Madson and Doolittle
    Keeping three high rated prospects Victor Robles, the SS and a pitcher.

    So who did the Mets sign in 2016 when the Nats signed:

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=soto–003jua

    ????

    Here are the18 top prospects from NL East

    QUIZ : Can you name the Mets best prospects on this same list?

    http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2018

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Look, Rizzo has been a much better GM than Sandy. However, he’s had the benefit of two first overall picks, other high picks, and deeper pockets.

      This isn’t to excuse Sandy, who I think has been incredibly average.

  2. Gothamist says:

    Looking forward to the SBs also.

  3. Blu2MileHigh says:

    Great game….

    The news from Washington was sobering

    I thought after the Eatons, Madsons and Dollittles were acquired that the only top prospect the Nats had in the MLB Top 100 was Robles?

    In that MLB Top 100, the NL has 18 of which I did not check who was a FA from the DR, Venezuela etc,..

    Do the Mets have a few intl FA studs coming up?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The big name is Mauricio. This upcoming class promises to be big but nothing is official.

  4. Gothamist says:

    RONNY MAURICIO — $2.1m bonus

    http://metsminors.net/ba-names-ronny-mauricio-a-potential-breakout-prospect/

    Interesting assessment

    Maybe they are being very humble about what they really see in him?

    Juan Soto received $1.5 m a year earlier but it seems the Nats signed someone last year for $3.7m.

    I am curious of their and Mets running balance of intl pool money and if the Nats like the Yankees trade for someone else’s intl pool money?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m not aware of the Mets or Nats trading for the bonus pool money, but it doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened

  5. Gothamist says:

    LOAD UP ONE YEAR

    or

    GET STRATEGIC INTO A NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

    “The timing of their spending spree made sense for the Nationals for several reasons. The rules for signing international players could change by next season under a new CBA. Many of the bigger international spenders — the Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox, etc. — exceeded their pools last season. (The Yankees, for example, spent $17 million in bonuses last year.) With those deep pockets limited to $300,000 offers, teams such as the Nationals had less competition for the top talent.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2016/07/02/nationals-exceed-international-spending-pool-sign-dominican-ss-yasel-antuna-for-3-9-million/?utm_term=.0ef21ef06f8a

  6. Gothamist says:

    Do the Mets do that in alternating years ?

    Yet with penalties, can the Yankees have spent $34 m?

    Maybe that is the tricks of the trade?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      You’re not allowed to overspend over the allotted bonus pool money anymore

  7. Five Tool Ownership says:

    Caleb Smith – vs Wheeler

    Smith a 2013 14th rounder:

    November 20, 2017: Traded by the New York Yankees with Caleb Smith to the Miami Marlins for Mike King (minors) and international bonus slot money .

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Yankees were cashing in on a decent prospect who they might’ve lost in the Rule 5 Draft for a money the Marlins weren’t going to spend.

  8. Blu2MileHigh says:

    The Marlins did not deal the pitching!
    Two quality starts in a row, quieting the Met’s bats..

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Not that difficult to quiet that lineup

  9. Blu2MileHigh says:

    BLEVINS INSURANCE —

    You have to admire a guy who at 33, made fifteen MLB stops, last year in AAA had a passable year, only made $1,5 m his whole career and he preservers.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/laffeaa01.shtml

    With the minors maybe over thirty stops.

    He must have nerves of steel plus if Blevins is moved in July his left arm may be here until October

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Laffey is here to eat innings in Vegas. Baumann and Conlon are the two LOOGY candidate in Vegas.

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