Does Jason Vargas Have What it Takes to Stay in Los Angeles Angels’ Rotation?
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 Weaver, Jason 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.