Jason Vargas started game 2 of the 3 game set against the division rival Miami Marlins. 2 years ago, Jason Vargas was a 20 win pitcher. However, the second half of his 2017 campaign was not nearly as good as the first, so Sandy Alderson thought he got Vargas at a bargain price. After that season, Jason Vargas earned a 2-year deal worth $16 million dollars. Sadly, Vargas had a very up and down year last year for the Mets.
In spring training of 2018, Jason Vargas broke his non-pitching hand. His 2018 campaign wasn’t great out of the gate. He started the year on the DL (now IL) and when he came back it was not a pretty sight. Vargas’ first 12 starts in his second season with the Mets resulted in an 8.75 era with a 3.00 WHIP. A lot of fans wondered how the Mets could continue to allow this awful pitching display to take the mound every 5th day. But in Varags’ second half of the 2018 season, he somewhat rebounded, lowering his WHIP under 1.50 and dropping his era all the way down to a 2.45 in his last 8 starts. He made just 20 starts for the Mets and finished the year with a total of a 5.77 era and a respectable 1.41 WHIP.
Monday night the New York Mets opened up a three-game set in Miami, taking on the Marlins, a division rival. Mets left-hander Steven Matz, making his first start this season, got off to a rocky start. He allowed a two-run homer to second basemen, Starlin Castro, giving Miami an early 2-0 lead in the first.
But the Mets answered in the top half of the second, cutting the lead in half. Michael Conforto and Wilson Ramos started the inning with singles. Jeff McNeil battled and fouled off a number of pitches for lining a double down the right-field line that hit the chalk and scored Conforto.
For the first time this season, the Giants and Dodgers start a three-game series Monday night in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers-Giants rivalry is probably one of the most heated in baseball. It’s a rivalry that has had fights for the division title on the last week of the season to physical fights on (Juan Marichal attacking John Roseboro with a bat to Giants fan Bryan Stow getting jumped by Dodger fans).
It’s true, the Dodgers failed to sign Bryce Harper. Sure they also let Manny Machado go. But what does that mean for the 2019-2020 Dodgers?
Corey Seager returns.
For the first time in eight years, Clayton Kershaw will not be on the mound for the beginning of this nation’s unofficial summer holiday. On top of that, we’ll have to wait (at least) another year for Walker Buehler’s first opening day start. Not even the savvy and firey Rich Hill will start. Hyun Gin Ryu will be, as of now, the opening day starter. I say, no big deal.
Jeff Passan sent out a tweet at 10:14 AM EST on a Tuesday afternoon in March, that stated Mike Trout and the Angels had agreed to a massive 12-year 430-million-dollar contract extension. Trout’s new contract became the biggest in professional sports history. There were a few reports of the Angels and Trout discussing contract extensions, but nothing really seemed to form until today. Let’s breakdown the contract and I’ll try to answer a few questions along the way.