Usually when we check in on #MetsTwitter, it’s in reaction to a devastating loss or a boneheaded front office move. And usually when Jason Vargas is trending on Twitter, Mets fans are dragging him through the mud. Neither was the case Wednesday night:
A complete game shutout by Jason Vargas. Only 5 hits allowed. I’m impressed Vargy. Thanks for giving the pen a day off.— Bre (@thatmetschick) June 6, 2019
Yes, you read that correctly. Jason Vargas dominated the Giants with a five-hit, complete game shutout as the Mets cruised to a 7-0 victory in front of the home crown. He even added some lumber with a base hit to center field in the third inning. And while the Mets have plenty of woes to sort through as they attempt to climb back above .500, Vargas has quietly been one of the few bright spots as of late:
This may seem strange to say, but particularly considering their lack of rotation depth behind him, where would the Mets be without Jason Vargas? Since the team gave him that vote of confidence in Atlanta way back in April, Vargas owns a 2.00 ERA in seven starts (36 IP).— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 6, 2019
Enter #MetsTwitter. Instead of tweeting their typical ridicule, they’re heaping praise. Some are even apologizing! Yes, the same rambunctious group of Twitter ruffians that tortured Jason Vargas over the past year-and-a-half has done an about-face. Presented below is an array of positive Jason Vargas takes from #MetsTwitter that previously lived in uncharted territory.
Complete game shutout for Vargas ... I knew he had it in him 😂— Anthony Bonaventura (@a_bonaventura7) June 6, 2019
Jason Vargas' ERA before being visited by a Founding Father: 14.21— Mollie Galchus (@molliegalchus) June 6, 2019
Jason Vargas' ERA in the games after being visited by a Founding Father: 1.85
I think not. pic.twitter.com/rDNocAapI0
An April 13 Jason Vargas gave up 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning.— KFC (@KFCBarstool) June 6, 2019
Then this mysterious character from the Revolutionary War time traveled into our lives.
Since then he’s been a top 3 pitcher in baseball.
Something happened in that locker room. Something magical. Ya gotta believe. pic.twitter.com/OzNXpcJXPl
SERIOUSLY, WHAT DID THIS REVOLUTIONARY WAR TIME TRAVELER DO TO FIX VARGAS??? CAN HE FIX MY LIFE TOO?!?!? pic.twitter.com/7RkY2XvDDg— ⚾️CPA⚾️ (@MrMet_CPA) June 6, 2019
Who is this guy pitching for the Mets? I don’t recognize him.— Is Jason Vargas Still a Met? (@jason_met) June 6, 2019
If you had Jason Vargas throwing a shutout on your bingo card, congrats.— Logan Barer (@LBarer32) June 6, 2019
Jason Vargas has pitched 15 consecutive scoreless innings.— Ed Leyro (@Studi_Metsimus) June 6, 2019
There was a time when I considered it a success if he threw 15 consecutive pitches without allowing a run.
Existentialism and Divine Intervention:
Mayhaps it’s time to shut this account down.— Is Jason Vargas Still a Met? (@jason_met) June 6, 2019
The body of Jason Vargas has been overtaken by the soul of Bartolo Colon https://t.co/ROMdA40jBN— Hunter (@ClevelandGod) June 6, 2019
There’s even a #VargACE movement…
Vargas be like I’m the staff ace now pic.twitter.com/YKzVXGmL9k— j u l i e (@Lets86it) June 6, 2019
Is it even a question? #vargACE— Vlad (@metsiees) June 6, 2019
Vargas has heard it plenty from fans during his mostly-disappointing Mets tenure. But he’s continued to do his job and has rewarded us with a recent stretch of solid pitching that has culminated with Wednesday night’s performance. So let’s all take part and join #MetsTwitter in congratulating Mr. Vargas for not only his best pitching performance as a Met, but for one of the best performances from our rotation in the 2019 season.
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