Mets pitcher Jason Vargas is a good luck charm for the Raptors
By Tim Boyle
Three games into the NBA Finals and there’s a pattern developing whenever New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas takes the mound. Could he be the one leading the Toronto Raptors to victory?
The 2019 NBA Finals began on Thursday May 30th with the Toronto Raptors upsetting the Golden State Warriors. A continent away in Los Angeles, New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas took the mound. Though he didn’t win, he lasted 7 innings and put on a much better showing than many of us expected.
Days later, Vargas made another start on June 5th where he threw a complete game shutout for the Mets versus the San Francisco Giants. Over in the Bay Area, the Raptors took care of business for the second time in three games against the Warriors with another NBA Finals victory.
I’m not overly superstitious. However, I will notice a trend when I see it. Vargas is the good luck charm of the Raptors.
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Drake is not the sixth man helping Toronto dethrone the Warriors. It’s a lowly Mets pitcher nobody expected much from all year long. The Raptors are undefeated in NBA Finals games where he’s also playing.
Twice can be written off as coincidental. When Vargas takes the mound next, we’ll be able to definitively say whether or not he’s the good omen for this year’s NBA Championship underdog. Wouldn’t you know, his next scheduled start is Monday when the Raptors will play Game 5 back in Toronto.
Vargas goes against the New York Yankees in this one which may feel like a daunting task. This is baseball, not the NBA. Any team can beat anyone else on any given day. Vargas has been more than average of late and has an opportunity to deliver another stellar outing from his mighty left hand.
Prior to this, the Raptors do have one road game left when they play on Friday at The Oracle. I’m counting this one as a loss without much knowledge about basketball. Vargas isn’t pitching.
The same situation would occur in Game 6 as they’ll have to go about things sans Vargas. In Game 7 which is scheduled for June 16th, things line up well for the Raptors. Unless there is a change to the Mets’ rotation, it’s a day where Vargas is lined up to pitch. He’ll play host to the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field that afternoon.
I’m not guaranteeing anything. Beyond this, I have no real evidence Vargas is a good luck charm for the Raptors. For all I know, he’s a bad luck one for the Warriors.
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Give me the Raptors in 7 and more of this version of Jason Vargas all year long.