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No Joke: Vargas Complete Game Win And Hechavarria Homer Happened In Same Game

One thing Jason Vargas has done well this year is pitch well against bad offensive teams. When he’s faced those teams, he’s actually lasted five innings. The Giants are a bottom three offensive team.

Whereas last night, there was handwringing over Noah Syndergaard, there were no such issues with Vargas tonight as the Mets offense annihilated Tyler Beede and the Giants pitching staff.

The Mets got all the runs they needed when Robinson Cano, fresh off the IL and back in the lineup without a rehab assignment, hit an RBI ground out scoring Jeff McNeil, who had led off the game with a double.

The Mets had a chance to expand the lead in the third, but Canó hit into an inning ending double play. On the play, he pulled up lame likely sending him back to the IL tomorrow. Back in his stead was Adeiny Hechavarria, who would homer in the seventh. With that homer, Hechavarria surpassed Cabo’s home run total with far fewer at-bats.

The Mets also got homers from Michael Conforto

and Amed Rosario

It was an offensive onslaught with the Mets scoring seven runs on eight hits. McNeil had three hits. Conforto had two RBI, and Rosario has three.

More than anything, Vargas pitched a complete game shut out with a season high eight strikeouts, and Hechavarria homered. If you told someone these things would happen in the same game, they would’ve assumed you meant Syracuse, and even then, they’d seem skeptical.

But it did happen. Vargas, Hechavarria, and the Mets dominated a bad team like they should. They deserve credit for doing it. If we see more of this, the Mets will be fine. Speaking of things being fine, it was readily apparent this team has not quit on Mickey Callaway.

Game Notes: Vargas pitched seven innings in consecutive starts for the first time since June 2017.

21 thoughts on “No Joke: Vargas Complete Game Win And Hechavarria Homer Happened In Same Game”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    First draft MetsDaddy articles:

    “Slumping Vargas again fails to reach base”

    “I Just Noticed Vargas Gives Up Like One Run A Game”

    “I’m Switching Commentary To Australian Rules Football”

    “Nancy Boy Vargas Again Strikes Out Less Than One Batter Per Inning”

    The best part of this night was when my daughter came in and asked how the game went, and I said Vargas had a complete game shutout.

    She said: “Omigod, that MetsDaddy blogger is going to slit his wrists!”

    1. LongTimeFan1 says:

      Vargas continues to prove that when healthy and pitching in routine, building arm strength and pitch count, he can be so much more than 4 or 5 inning pitcher. He’s been masterful keeping hitters off balance by changing speeds, hitting his spots, mixing it up, and using his smarts and experience.

      No doubt the Yankees will study his last few starts and hunt for pre and post game interviews of Callaway, Vargas, Eiland to try to figure him out, try to force his pitches up and otherwise disturb his rhythm.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Vargas proves a veteran pitcher can handle bad offenses.

    2. metsdaddy says:

      Nope, I enjoyed every minute

  2. David Klein says:

    That was unexpected. I thought he was gonna be clobbered after giving up a double to Panik but he did a great job getting out of that jam, and in three of the four innings the leadoff man got on, and he escaped. Vargas just kept getting stronger as his change up and knuckle curve was devastating. That was probably the third best start of the season behind deGrom’s start vs the Marlins in Miami and Thor’s complete game shutout vs the Reds in which he homered. Vargas got some good defense from McNeil and Alonso, with Alonso making some fantastic scoops. Vargas was wonderful vs the Dodgers and followed it up beautifully.

    The offense supported him nicely after I got a little worried that they wouldn’t after Cano’s double play ended the third, but Conforto and Rosario made sure that wouldn’t happen thankfully.

    Sorry to see Cano hurt again its amazing that he was so durable for over a decade then comes here and boom is hurt twice. The question is do they go with McNeil at second and Dom in LF or Hech at second and keep McNeil in LF? Oh and please no more Gomez.

    All in a fun agita free night hopefully tomorrow afternoon is more of the same.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      It was fun to finally watch a worry free game. We need more of those.

    2. Oldbackstop says:

      Outliers? The guy has more 94 MLB wins! He’s a PITCHER. You are befuddled because someone without 100 mph fastball can stop the other team from scoring.

      1. metsdaddy says:

        We’re talking 2019 and not 2014 Vargas. Two different guys

  3. Oldbackstop says:

    Most complete game shutouts in MLB since 2011:

    Kershaw 14
    Jason Vargas 8
    Wainwright 8

    VARGAS POWER

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Vargas was quite a good pitcher back in the earlier part of the decade. In fact, he’s still a good pitcher. However, he’s not a good starting pitcher.

      He can handle these terrible offenses well. However, when he faces a good team, he’s been getting clobbered.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Huh? When was he last clobbered when used in regular rest and rotation? He has given up ten earned runs in his last 8 starts. He finished last year 5-1.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          May 5th. He was getting clobbered before he was hurt.

          1. Oldbackstop says:

            You are an embarrassment to the internet.

          2. metsdaddy says:

            Tell yourself that all you want

          3. LongTimeFan says:

            Just stop. Just admit he’s pitching well against both good and bad teams. For example, 7 innings, 1 ER vs. Dodgers on May 30th.

            The exit velo against his change up this season is below average. His spin rate is above average.

            Teams may eventually figure him out, and he’ll have to make further adjustments, but when he pitches in routine which he very much needs and is healthy, he’s solid as we saw towards the end of last season and now this since mid April season. He confuses hitters who are used to velocity and struggle with change of speeds and type of pitch which Vargas conceals very well in his repeatable delivery pitch to pitch. When he’s on top of his game, he puts on a pitching clinic messing with hitters timing..

            Vargas’s pitching style manhandled the Giants. Syndergaard and Wheeler give up runs against them Vargas did not.

          4. metsdaddy says:

            He pitched well against ONE good team. Do we say J.D. Davis is a Hall of Famer off ONE two home run game?

            Of course not because treating outliers like that is completely absurd.

  4. Gothamist says:

    Tale of divergence:

    Cano first pitch, guessing “changeup”, gets it and looks like a AAAAer.
    Vs.
    Conforto, first pitch, finally looks for a fastball (and with other pitchers hopefully a curve) gets it and swings = solid hit, a HR.

    I hope that Chili Davis has more players on a simple plan to focus on the same approach.

    On Vargas, everything makes sense, yet the sample size, the competition, home/away, falling behind vs playing w lead, I am hoping that the arm strength spoken above etc will show that today is just an continuation of a very good year (and vindication for whomever brought Vargas here last year)

  5. oldbackstop says:

    “There is no escaping the fact Jason Vargas is not a Major League caliber staring (sic) pitcher anymore.” — MetsDaddy, 4/30/19

    In regular rotation (meaning ignoring the April 13 Callaway skip/gaffe) among qualifying starting pitchers he is now 4th in ERA in the NL and the BEST in the NL East. In his seven starts since being put back in regular rotation on April 19 he has a 1.85 ERA and a .203 BAA

    Want to “escape” your inescapable fact?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      He’s not a MLB caliber starter anymore. He’s a long man.

      1. Oldbackstop says:

        Why? Because Mickey kept pulling him after 80 pitches? Because he was so great out of the pen on April 9 for the first time on a decade..

        In early April you just said he simply sucked. Then you said he couldn’t get deep into games, despite the fact that he was getting pinch hit for, not knocked out. Then you said he couldntmatch up against good teams (and he handled the Dodgers). Then you said he couldn’t get through lineups more than twice, and he had a complete game shut out.

        Hey, Vargas will have some struggles, but he is only supposed to be the number five starter…..even that outraged you. Now he is a red hair from becoming the statistical staff ace…..and you see a long man.

        Vargas is your personal Great White Whale, and he is sinking your boat.

        1. metsdaddy says:

          First and foremost, it’s farcical you say he’s close to being the staff ace.

          Second, get on Vargas for being bad and needing to be rescued in the fifth.

          Lastly, let’s not act like he’s amazing after beating a few really bad teams.

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