Good – Complete Games
What “good statistic” could Jason Vargas possibly lead the NL in this year? In 2017, he did lead the AL in wins. I’m doubtful he has the same type of luck this year.
Instead, I’ll select Vargas to lead the league in complete games. He’ll go from start to finish once and nobody else will do it more than a single time. This is about as positive as I can go with numbers for this lowly Mets starter.
Even other lesser talked about numbers, like pickoffs, are not specialties of Vargas. He’ll need something fluky like fewer complete games around the league. Who knows? Maybe a few rain-shortened games could help him out.
Bad – ERA
I don’t want to repeat statistics, but the most likely number of Vargas’ I do see looking unfavorable is the ERA. Hits per nine is a consideration. However, I don’t think the Mets would allow him to take the mound every fifth day if he’s struggling that bad.
The good thing about Vargas is he’s only the fifth starter. He’s on a short leash whether the management will admit it or not. The Mets do have some viable options to replace him. Depending on how you look at it, it’s good or bad news for those who expect him to lead the league in a negative statistic.
Vargas’ 5.77 ERA in 2018 was the second-worst for NL starting pitchers who made 20 or more starts. Only Homer Bailey’s was worse. He’s now with the Kansas City Royals in the American League, leaving Vargas with less competition.
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Which good and bad statistics do you believe Mets starters could lead the league in this year?