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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 24: Pitcher Jason Vargas #40 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a game at Citi Field on August 24, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. All players across MLB will wear nicknames on their backs as well as colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms. The Mets defeated the Nationals 3-0. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Jason Vargas

There are horrible years and there are years like the ones Jason Vargas had in 2018. Although it was watchable by the end, the horrendous beginning ruined any faith in him moving forward.

His 85 MPH fastball is enough to secure an ERA around 4.50. But, he won’t eat up innings and he’ll be used in relief a handful of times. – Nick Scheurer

Most Mets fans cringe at the idea of Jason Vargas returning to the rotation this season. While he was an All-Star in 2017, he had an abysmal first year in New York in 2018. As he looks to bounce back, the team will consider deploying him as their fifth starter or using him as a valuable lefty reliever. – Allen Settle

This year won’t be nearly as bad for Jason Vargas, but he will still have an ERA well over 4.00. There’s a possibility he’s not the worst pitcher on the team as hard as it is to believe. By July, Mets fans will be hoping he moves to the bullpen in favor of anybody else both due to his performance in the present and the bad taste he left from 2018. – Tim Boyle

2019 won’t be as bad as 2018 for Vargas. He’ll be healthy enough to pitch every turn, but if the Mets are contending they’ll make a move for another starter, pushing Vargas to the bullpen. – Mark Sales

After an abysmal 2018, Vargas’ role in the Mets’ starting rotation is far from solidified. However, whenever he does pitch, I do not expect him to be particularly good but I definitely think he will be better than he was last season, barring any injuries. – Leen Amin

Anything under a 5.00 as far as ERA goes and double digits in wins will be a huge plus for the Mets from Jason Vargas in 2019. His stuff is becoming less and less effective as he gets older but he is still a battler. I will be optimistic and say he goes 11-11 with a 4.85 ERA. – Steve Malik

I expect an up and down season for Vargas who ends up getting it together down the stretch. – Jason Dye

Jason Vargas will start the year in the rotation but I expect he will be traded this summer. It’s impressive he is still on the roster today. – Kevin Strauss

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