The Mets had hopes for Jason Vargas. After starting with an ERA over 13, Jason Vargas finally settled down for his first win of the season and first as a Met.
His seven strikeouts were the first time he threw more than five in a game since September 21st of last season. This was a huge improvement for Vargas, who failed to give up fewer than four runs in each of his first three starts this season.
This performance ended a terrible streak of underperforming with the Mets. He might have only played four games this season, but in the middle of his poor streak, some fans might have thought back to his other time with the team.
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In 2007, Vargas was with the Mets. He only made two starts that season and finished with an ERA over 12. On May 17th he gave up five runs over 7 innings. On July 3rd, he gave up nine runs over 3.1 innings.
That season, he was left with one loss and one no-decision. That means that coming into his start against the Marlins, he had given up four runs or more in all five outings as a Met.
It’s a step in the right direction for Vargas. Even though he went just five innings, it was his best outing in a while. It was a hopeful sign that he has moved on from his injury. Maybe now he can continue to contribute for the rest of the season.
The rest of the pitching staff was amazing as well. It turned out to be the teams’ second shutout of the season. The Mets used five relievers to keep the shutout intact. Jeurys Familia earned his 13th save of the season.
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This was the Mets fourth straight win, so things are beginning to look up for both the Mets and Vargas.