Jason VargasThe miserable Mets term took another bitter turn on Saturday in Atlanta, where the South Paw could not survive the first inning against divisional rivals Braves. Vargas withdrew only one of the six thugs he faced. The others achieved two singles and three walks, allowing four earned runs. After the game, an 11-7 defeat for the Mets, coach Mickey Callaway made it possible to skip Vargas' next launch, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
"He is not coming out right now" Callaway said. "That's really all I can say."
Callaway had already survived a Vargas start at the start of the season, but he's reluctant to pull him out of rotation because of the lack of alternatives as DiComo beats the squadrons. Outside the Mets rotation, Triple-A left-handed Hector Santiago is the most experienced starter in the organization. The signing of the off-season minor league is not on Mets' 40-man list and has not been a major loser in recent years. Meanwhile, Corey Oswalt, Chris Flexen, Walker Lockett and Drew Gagnon take 40-man places, but no one from this group has limited success in the league. helper Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have tried as a starter, and Callaway mentioned it as a possible Vargas replacement (via Mike Puma of the New York Post), but if you either move to rotate, the bullpen is weakened.
The best bet of the Mets is to sign the Free-Agent Lefty Dallas Keuchel, who is still unemployed in mid-April, despite a great track record in the greats. The previous Astro bid price has dropped in recent weeks, which could make it more attractive to the Mets, but there is "much skepticism" they will add Keuchel. Puma reports, However, the two sides have been in touch at least since last month, and if things do not improve soon after the end of their rotation, the Mets Keuches may be seriously persecuted. Even if the Mets Keuch now dye, it is unclear when the 31-year-old is ready to enter their rotation, since he has not played in a game (meaningful or exhibition) since October. He probably needs time to boot up, which would keep the Mets in a less than ideal situation for a while.
The club signed Vargas before last season for a two-year, $ 16-million deal, with the expectation that it will serve as an acceptable backend supplement Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz, Instead, the 36-year-old scored a worthless 6.82 ERA / 5.22 FIP in 98 1/3 innings, averaging less than five frames per launch since signing. Vargas was undoubtedly a problem in New York, and whether the team can continue to rely on him as he fights for a title in the competitive NL East is highly questionable.