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
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.
Mariners of the Game:
Jason Vargas WPA (0.352)
Jack Cust WPA (0.141)
Justin Smoak WPA (0.138)