Boxscore: Game 42

Vargas started the year slow and despite a high ERA we all knew that he would be fine, or atleast I thought he’d be fine. Now he’s back on track and pitched back-to-back gems. In fact according to Baseball-Reference using Bill James “game score” they are the best games he’s ever pitched.

4th Best Start – May 22nd, 2009 – Game Score 75

This is the game where Vargas out dueled, then San Fransisco Giant, Randy Johnson in his last start in Seattle. Not bad.

3rd Best Start – June 22nd, 2010 – Game Score 75

This game again was against a National League foe, this time in the Chicago Cubs, also at home. In a very similar performance as last night.

2nd Best Start – May 12th, 2011 – Game Score 76

Just last week we saw Jason Vargas go head-to-head in this classic back and forth extra inning thriller, in which both teams went 9+ innings prior to scoring. Unfortunately… Brandon League.

Best.Star.Ever – Last night (May 18th, 2011) – Game Score 76

Vargas induced 14 swinging strikes and made this line-up look down right silly at times. It was a great performance and it was even better that the Mariners were able to score 3 runs against a solid pitcher in Jared Weaver.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Angels (22-22) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Mariners (18-24) 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 1

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W: Jason Vargas (3-2)
L: Jered Weaver (6-4)

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Mariners of the Game:

Jason Vargas WPA (0.352)

Jack Cust WPA (0.141)

Justin Smoak WPA (0.138)

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Topics: Jack Cust, Jason Vargas, Justin Smoak

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  • Coug1990

    The Mariners are actually interesting in most games. After their awful start, they have been playing fairly well. Even last week when they went through the long losing streak, they were in position to win several games until the defense let the Mariners down and League happened.

    It is fun watching Vargas right now. In fact, it is fun watching all Mariner starting pitchers right now.

  • http://Retired maqman

    I agree with Coug1990, this year’s team is worth watching even if they are not winning big and Vargas has made a nice contribution to that. Smoak and Pineda are showing us we have some better tomorrows to look forward to and Ackley will burnish that image further when he comes up. While Mike Wilson and Peguero may not turn into big league players they at least look like they could do some damage when they step into the box. I like that feeling.

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