Why did the Mets already name Jason Vargas the fifth starter?!

Why did the Mets already name Jason Vargas the fifth starter?!

by Tim Reilly February 13, 2019 0 Comments

Hope springs eternal when the Mets arrive at Port St. Lucie each year. Brodie made a handful of nice moves this offseason and there’s no question this roster is better than last year’s. I’m ready to live and die by Brodie’s “come get us” mantra used earlier this winter. 

That was, however, until Mickey Callaway made a revelation during his opening Spring Training press conference. When asked about the back-end of the rotation, Callaway stated that it's Jason Vargas's job. Period. 

My question is this: WHY?!?!?

In case you forgot, or choose to block out his starts from last season, Vargas posted a whopping 5.77 ERA and a 1.413 WHIP over 20 starts in 2018. But let’s be real, you don’t need a slew of advanced metrics to know that Vargas was really, really bad last season. If you caught only a handful of starts by Vargas than you watched a handful too many. 

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little competition. That should bring out the best in professional athletes. The moment you feel comfortable is the moment you lose your edge. Everyone should be entering Spring Training with the thought of, “I’m playing for my job” and/or playing time (except for Jacob deGrom). Handing over Vargas a spot in the rotation before he even threw a bullpen session this spring was a mistake and one that won’t be overlooked by the fanbase. 

Take a look at the remaining free agents. There are no shortage of options available that I would take over Vargas or at the very least battling with him for the final spot behind deGrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler and Matz. If you want to change the perception around the franchise than you need to know this is simply unacceptable. 

Let’s forget about Vargas for a second and remember that someone is bound to go down at some point during the season. That’s just a fact Mets fans know all too well. Why wouldn’t you look to bulk up the rotation depth with a few veterans you can take a flier on? With this many free agents available price tags must not be that high. And even if they were, is it really so bad to overpay someone on a short-term deal that you know might be able to put this team over the edge in 2019?

You have some unfinished work out there to do, Brodie.  




Tim Reilly
Tim Reilly

Author

T7L contributing blogger - Follow Tim on Twitter




Also in The 7 Line Blog

Tailgate With Us On April 13th At Citi Field
Tailgate With Us On April 13th At Citi Field

by The 7 Line April 05, 2024 0 Comments

Be sure to plan now to be at our next one on Saturday April 13th! You don't need to be sitting with The 7 Line Army to tailgate together. We're trying our best to bring all like minded fans together for a fun day in the lot before we head inside. 

Read More

T7LRC Miles For The Mets Challenge
T7LRC Miles For The Mets Challenge

by Darren Meenan April 01, 2024 0 Comments

Pick one Mets game per week during the 2024 Mets season and run or walk during it from the first pitch until the final out. Challenge yourself! 

Read More

Pregame Party with The 7 Line Army at The World Famous Fergs
Pregame Party with The 7 Line Army at The World Famous Fergs

by The 7 Line March 22, 2024 0 Comments

Are you going to be in St. Pete for the game vs the Tampa Bay Rays on May 4th? We are! We sold 1,000 tickets to an Army of excited Mets fans, and you're more than welcome and encouraged to come meet up before the game. 

Read More

.video-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; }