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2. Jason Vargas
It seems that Jason Vargas is coming up on the cold side quite often during the early part of the season. Considering his overall 1.773 WHiP and 6.75 ERA, it is understandable as to why he would be frequenting this side of the list.
Vargas once again struggled on April 21st, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk in a no decision against the Twins. While the five runs were not all Vargas’ fault specifically, as Jason Frasor was unable to keep both inherited runners from scoring, this is another start where Vargas ran of out steam the third time through the lineup.
Brought in to be a dependable innings eater, the Kansas City Royals need Jason Vargas to be exactly that this season. His ability to pitch over 200 innings virtually every year will be sorely needed now that James Shields is in San Diego. However, he just has not been that pitcher yet this season.
With the looming suspensions and the potential for the Royals bullpen to get quite a bit of work once those suspensions are finalized, Vargas is going to need to find his form soon.
Next: Speaking of those suspensions...