Does Jason Vargas Have What it Takes to Stay in Los Angeles Angels' Rotation?

By Tony Baker
Jason Vargas Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Angels starting rotation has been in shambles this year. Only two pitching staffs in the AL have a worse ERA than that of the Halos, who have suffered injuries to Jered WeaverJason Vargas and a big chunk of their bullpen.

Acquiring reliable pitching will undoubtedly be at the top of GM Jerry Dipoto‘s agenda this offseason. Before he can make a move, however, he must first take stock of what he already has. After Weaver and C.J. Wilson, the rotation is uncertain. With his strong performance over the past month, Garrett Richards has made a strong case for a starting spot.

Vargas, on the other hand, missed nearly two months of the summer with a dangerous blood clot in his left armpit. Though his body of work this year has been less complete than Richards’, he has been none too shabby: the lefty is 8-5 with a 3.54 ERA, far below Los Angeles’ 4.42 team ERA. He impressed again on Thursday afternoon, holding the Tampa Bay Rays  scoreless through seven innings of work.

Perhaps Vargas’ best hope at solidifying a spot in the rotation is the fact that he’s a lefty. Other than Wilson, the Angels barely have any lefties on their entire staff, strengthening Vargas’ case.

It would be a huge shock if Los Angeles made no moves this offseason. No matter which pitcher they acquire, if any, Vargas might still be a fixture in the rotation if he can stay consistent. Let’s just hope the rest of the rotation is right there with him.

Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker or on Google


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