Ironically Vargas Loses In His Best Start

The spotlight was on Jason Vargas. The Mets really didn’t pursue Gio Gonzalez. They believed Gonzalez wasn’t really an upgrade, and they were not giving Gonzalez a spot in the rotation.

So, there was Vargas taking the mound against a Phillies team still angry about Jacob Rhame busting Rhys Hoskins up and in twice last night.

Right away, it appeared as if things were going to be ugly. J.T. Realmuto hit a one out double, and he scored on a Bryce Harper RBI double giving the Phillies a 1-0 lead. After the double, Hoskins walked, but the rally sputtered.

That’s the way it would go for the Phillies against Vargas.

In the second, after Sean Rodriguez reached on an Amed Rosario error (coupled with a puzzling no challenge from the Mets after replays showed Dominic Smith held the bag), the Phillies rally sputtered with them bunting twice in a row. The first was understandable with Vince Velasquez laying down a sac bunt, Roman Quinn ran into his own bunted ball.

In the third, after a lead-off walk, Vargas got the next three out. That includes a Harper strikeout. On Harper, after that double, he was really bad tonight striking out three times.

In the fifth, Vargas was lifted after 89 pitches leaving Seth Lugo to get him out of the jam.

Vargas’ final line was 4.2 innings, three hits, run, earned run, two walks, HBP, and four strikeouts. Now, it was a much better start than most accepted, but no, pitching fewer than five innings (again) is unacceptable.

Equally as unacceptable was the Mets offense. That’s usually the case when you’re shut out.

In addition to the poor offense, we unfortunately saw the poor defense return, and it wasn’t all Rosario. That included what would become a Robinson Cano harmless error.

In the eighth, the defense abandoned Robert Gsellman. Hoskins hit a gapper, which he turned into a triple partially because Brandon Nimmo dove and missed, and Michael Conforto had difficulty picking up the ball. That led to an RBI single expanding the Phillies lead to 2-0.

The Phillies continued to rally. Now, with the score 3-0 and runners at the corners Roman Quinn laid down a bunt. Dominic Smith pounced with the intent of getting the out at home. However, he had no shot at the speedy Cesar Hernandez, and his indecision led to Quinn reaching safety.

To add insult to injury, Rhame would pitch the ninth, and Hoskins would get his revenge:

After Rhame allowed three in the ninth, the Phillies won 6-0. This means the Mets didn’t get the statement making sweep they wanted. Of course, that’s what happens when you have a starter who can’t go five.

Game Notes: With a 1-for-4 and a rally killing double play, Jeff McNeil is slumping. He’s now just four for his last 21

4 thoughts on “Ironically Vargas Loses In His Best Start”

  1. OldBackstop says:

    You blame Vargas for not going five. Well he was yanked after getting two outs in the fifth, immediately after striking out Bryce Harper. The next batter up was Hoskins, who Vargas had struck out his last time up.

    And the bullpen gave up five more runs, and they lose 6-0. The start before that, Vargas had also given up one run on three hits going into the fifth….they had him BAT, then pulled him, he didn’t even start the inning.

    He has yet to be allowed to throw 90 pitches, and last year he was in the 90 pitch count regularly in his last month. He was skipped in the rotation, tossed into a blowout as a reliever for the first time in a decade, and is being yanked from strong outings early.

    I, personally, suspect that Vargas may be banging Mickey’s wife.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Of course, you could just realize Vargas is bad instead of defending him

      1. oldbackstop says:

        His last two starts Vargas has given up two runs.
        Last two starts:

        Vargas 2 runs
        Wheeler 3 runs
        Matz 9 runs
        Syndergaard 9 runs
        deGrom 9 runs

        The railing against Vargas has shifted from his pitching to his IP/GS. Mickey has to help there.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          Is there a smaller sample size and more skewed stats you could pick to prove Vargas’ over 6.00 ERA since the 2017 ASG and mid 80s stuff can actually succeed (even though it’s not)?

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