Mets: Best and worst case scenarios for Jason Vargas in 2019

Tim Boyle
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Jason Vargas #40 of the New York Mets reacts after a solo homerun to David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Jason Vargas #40 of the New York Mets reacts after a solo homerun to David Freese #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on September 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas gave us a taste of a worst case scenario this past season. What would the absolute worst look like and what might be the best he can do?

Jason Vargas has already become a New York Mets legend and not in the way he would have liked. His dreadful 2018 debut and continued struggles made him public enemy number one in Queens last year.

Eventually, Vargas did figure things out. He pitched well down the stretch, likely earning an opportunity to again start for the Mets in 2019.

It’s not something many fans want to see happen regardless of how much more “together” he looked late in the year. When he was bad, Vargas was awful. When he was good, Vargas’ performance was more middle-of-the-road than ace-worthy.

His overall totals included a 7-9 record and 5.77 ERA. The second half 5-3 record and 3.81 ERA was about as good as fans could have hoped for. The 2-6 record and 8.60 ERA in the first half were about as bad as he could have possibly done.

It is possible Vargas started off so poorly because of his Spring Training injury. The same way many believe Michael Conforto struggled early in the year because of his ailment, Vargas may have suffered for the same reason.

Nevertheless, I don’t think there’s anyone on this earth who believes in Vargas. Even when he was good, the performance was average at best.

We won’t know what Vargas does until he actually takes the mound. Until then, let’s just think about what the best and worst case scenarios may look like in 2019.

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