#52: Vargas Charged With Halting 5-Game Slide


by Sportspress Northwest Staff


Posted on May 30, 2012 at 7:31 AM

GAME:Mariners (21-30, 4th, AL West, - 11.0 GB) at Rangers (31-18, 1st, AL West, 6.5 GA. GAME #: 52. SERIES: 2nd of 3 games. MEETING: 9th (Rangers lead 5-3). WHEN: Tuesday, 5:05 p.m., Rangers Ballpark, Arlington. PROBABLE PITCHERS: LHP Jason Vargas(Seattle, 5-4, 3.39) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (Texas, 0-2, 4.66). STREAKS: Mariners L 5; Rangers W 4. TV: ROOT Sports, MLB TV. RADIO: KIRO 710 (Seattle), Mariners Radio Network.

With their 4-2 loss Monday at Texas, the Mariners fell a season-low 11 games behind the Rangers in the AL West race. It has taken only 51 games for Seattle to reach double digits in the deficit department, compared to the 95 games it took the 2011 Mariners to mine such depths. Jason Vargas will be tasked with halting the free fall Tuesday.

Vargas, who lost his last outing at Rangers Ballpark (April 12), is coming off a 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. He will oppose Scott Feldman, whose chance to defeat Seattle last week at Safeco Field evaporated when Alex Liddi hit his first career grand slam. A closer look at Tuesday's probables:MARINERS: LHP Jason Vargas (5-4, 3.39 ERA, 1.01 WHIP)

The 29-year-old Vargas, in his seventh major league season and fifth with the Mariners, will make his 12th start and second against the Rangers. Vargas is coming off a 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

A native of Apple Valley, CA., the 6-0, 215-pound Vargas was selected in the second round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins.

He made his debut with Florida July 14, 2005, pitching one inning of relief in a 13-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mariners acquired Vargas as part of a three-team swap Dec. 11, 2008, when the New York Mets sent him along with Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto and Aaron Heilman to the Mariners. The Mariners sent Sean Green, J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed to the Mets.

The Mariners also sent Luis Valbuena to the Indians. The Mets sent Joe Smith to the  Indians, who sent Franklin Gutierrez to the Mariners.

Vargas, the only lefty in Seattle’s starting rotation, has a career record of 33-43, 4.41 ERA, including 27-35, 4.09 ERA with the Mariners.

  • LAST START: May 24 at Safeco Field, lost to the Angels 3-0 in a game in which Dan Haren of the Angels registered 14 strikeouts; allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings; struck out six, walked none and allowed one home run.
  • LAST VS. RANGERS: April 12, at Rangers Ballpark, lost 5-3; allowed four earned runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings; struck out six, walked one; allowed one home run, to former Mariner Yorvit Torrealba.
  • CAREER VS. RANGERS: 3-5, 4.62 in 12 games, including 10 starts, covering 64.1 innings; 33 of 34 runs against him earned; has 34 strikeouts to 17 walks; 11 home runs.
  • AT RANGERS BALLPARK: 1-3, 4.70 ERA in seven games, including six starts, covering 38.1 innings; has 23 strikeouts to 10 walks; eight home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Adrian Beltre (1-for-10, .100 BA), Josh Hamilton (3-for-20, .150 BA), Julio Borbon (2-for-10, .200 BA), Elvis Andrus (5-for-24, .208 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Yorvit Torrealba (7-for-14, .500 BA), Ian Kinsler (10-for-23, .435 BA), Mike Napoli (8-for-26, .308 BA).
  • CURRENT RANGERS VS. VARGAS: 56-for-204, .275 BA, 10 home runs, 32 strikeouts.
Vargas / 2012

  • March 29 (ND, 0-0): Pitched well enough to win in Tokyo, but after he departed the game, the bullpen imploded, surrendering three home runs, greasing Seattle’s 4-1 defeat to Oakland.
  • April 6 (W, 1-0): Threw 91 pitches, 58 for strikes, finishing with an in-game ERA of 2.31 in a 7-3 victory over Oakland, Vargas’ first win.
  • April 12 (L, 1-1): Allowed four earned runs on seven hits and lost to Derek Holland and the Rangers 5-3 in Arlington; fanned six and walked one; gave up a two-run bomb to Michael Young, who had four RBIs; threw 96 pitches, 63 strikes.
  • April 18 (W, 2-1): Allowed one earned run on four hits over 7 innings, defeating Indians, 4-1; had nine ground-ball outs and nine fly-ball outs.
  • April 24 (W, 3-1): Allowed four runs on six hits, defeating Max Scherzer and the Tigers 7-4 in a game in which the Mariners banged out 15 hits; struck out four, walked one in a 94-pitch effort that included 61 strikes.
  • April 29 (L, 3-2): Allowed two earned runs on four hits over 6.0 innings and suffered the loss to the Blue Jays; struck out four, walked three; threw a season-high 111 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • May 4 (ND, 3-2): Took a no-decision in Seattle’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota at Safeco Field; allowed one earned run on four hits over 6.1 innings, but lost a chance to win on Wilhelmsen’s throwing error.
  • May 9 (W, 4-2): Defeated Detroit 2-1 at Safeco Field; allowed one run on five hits over 8.0 innings; struck out six and didn’t issue a walk; threw 90 pitches, 66 for strikes.
  • May 14 (L, 4-3): At Fenway Park, lost to Red Sox 6-1; allowed five earned runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings; struck out three, walked three; two home runs.
  • May 19 (W, 5-3): At Coors Field, won his fifth decision of the year, defeating Colorado 10-3; allowed three earned runs on five hits over 7.0 innings; struck out one, walked one and gave up one home run; threw 95 pitches, 64 for strikes.
  • May 24 (L, 5-4): At Safeco Field, lost to the Angels 3-0 in a game in which Dan Haren registered 14 strikeouts; allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings; struck out six, walked none; one home run.
RANGERS: RHP Scott Feldman (0-2, 4.66 ERA, 1.39 (WHIP)

The 29-year-old Feldman, in his eighth major league season, all with the Texas Rangers, will be making his fourth start and second against the Mariners. Feldman lost to the Mariners 5-3 May 23, his last start.

A native of Burlingame, CA., the 29-year-old Feldman was selected by the Texas Rangers in the the 30th round of the 2003 amateur draft. Prior to his selection, Feldman pitched for the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, CA.

Feldman pitched in the Texas system until Aug. 31, 2005, when he made his major league debut in a 9-2 Texas win over the Chicago White Sox. Feldman, who did not factor in the decision, did not allow a hit and struck out two in the only inning he worked.

Feldman served primarily as a reliever in 2006-07, then made 25 starts (28 appearances) in 2008, going 6-8, 5.29. He produced, by far, his best season in 2009 when he won 17 games, against eight losses, recording a 4.08 ERA in 189.2 innings.

Feldman made 22 more starts in 2010, but finished 7-11, 5.48. Since, he has worked mostly in relief. In 2010, he appeared in 11 games and finished 2-1, 3.94.

Feldman has a career record of 33-45, 4.75 ERA.

  • 2012: Eight games and three spot starts. He did not go beyond 4.2 innings in any of the starts; has pitched 19.1 innings this season.
  • LAST START: May 23 at Seattle, lost to the Mariners 5-3 in a game that featured Alex Liddi's grand slam (off Feldman) and a brilliant pitching effort by Seattle's Kevin Millwood.
  • LAST VS. MARINERS: May 23, allowed five earned runs on five hits over 4.1 innings; struck out one, walked five and allowed a grand slam.
  • CAREER VS. MARINERS: 5-4, 3.66 ERA in 23 games, including 10 starts, covering 76.1 innings; recorded 39 strikeouts to 21 walks; six home runs.
  • AT RANGERS BALLPARK: 12-14, 4.75 in 90 games, including 41 starts, covering 315.2 innings; 5.0 strikeouts per nine innings; has allowed 32 home runs.
  • LOVES TO FACE: Miguel Olivo (0-for-6, .000 BA), Michael Saunders (1-for-7, .143 BA), Chone Figgins (8-for-35, .229 BA).
  • HATES TO FACE: Alex Liddi (4-for-5, .800 BA), Justin Smoak (2-for-5, .400 BA), Ichiro (9-for-31, .290 BA).
  • CURRENT MARINERS VS. FELDMAN: 36-for-135, .267 BA, 3 home runs, 21 strikeouts.

TeamWLPct.GBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
Rangers3118.633--15-916-97-3Won 4
Angels2525.5006.512-1013-157-3Won 7
Athletics2227.4499.010-1512-122-8Lost 6
Mariners2130.41211.09-1312-174-6Lost 5

  • CURRENT ROAD TRIP: Three at Texas Monday-Wednesday, three at Chicago White Sox Friday-Sunday, three at Los Angeles Angels (June 4-6).
  • MARINERS VS. RANGERS: Mariners 261-268 all-time vs. Rangers, including 67-89 at Rangers Ballpark. Mariners and Rangers have played two series in 2012: Rangers took three of four April 9-12 in Arlington, Mariners took two of three at Safeco May 21-23. Texas leads this year's series 5-3 after winning Monday. Mariners lost the 2011 season series 15-4 and haven't beaten the Rangers in a season series since 2007. Mariners have not swept a three-game series from the Rangers in Texas since 2001. Rangers last swept Seattle in Texas Sept. 21-23, 2011.
  • LATEST: Mariners 11 games behind Texas in AL West race, their largest deficit of the season, after losing 4-2 Monday . . . Reliever Steve Delabar gave up three runs Monday while facing just four batters . . . Mariners forced to take starter Kevin Millwood out of the game after five innings due to his high pitch count (97) and the heat. "With the heat and how hard he worked, we weren't going to push him another inning," said manager Eric Wedge. "He's been pitching really well and you don't want one inning to affect his next start or next couple of starts." . . . Millwood allowed only two earned runs over 27 innings in his past four starts. He extended his scoreless streak to 18.0 innings, matching a career high, before Texas scored a run . . . Chone Figgins, getting a rare start, snapped an 0-for-24 slide with a first-inning double. It was his first hit since April 29 . . . Brandon Ryan was foiled in his attempt to leg out an inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning. Mariners have not had an inside-the-park home run on the road since Jun 15, 2007, by Willie Bloomquist at Houston . . . Texas starter Matt Harrison has beaten Seattle seven consecutive times . . . Mariners have lost 13 of their last 15 at Rangers Ballpark and haven't won a series in Texas since 2010 . . . Mariners CF Franklin Gutierrez began a rehab assignment in Arizona Monday, his first step at coming back from a torn right pectoral muscle suffered in spring training. It's expected he will move along to Triple-A Tacoma before returning.
  • SEASON SUMMARY: Series Record: Won 7, Split 0, Lost 9 . . . Sweeps: 2; Swept: 3 . . . Longest Win Streak: 4 (April 24-27, May 18-21); Longest Losing Streak: 7 (April 28-May 4) . . . Vs. Divisions: vs. AL East:2-10; vs. AL Central: 8-9; vs. AL West: 8-11; vs NL West: 3-0 . . . Biggest Lead: 1.0, April 7; Farthest Behind: 11.0, May 28 . . . Most Runs Scored: 10, May 19 at Colorado; Most Runs Allowed: 11, April 9 at Texas . . . Walk-Off Wins: 1, May 7, first since Sept. 14, 2011 vs. New York, and first via a sacrifice fly (John Jaso) since Sept. 14, 2007 vs. Tampa Bay (Jose Guillen); Walk-Off Losses: 1, May 17, at Cleveland, Carlos Santana bases-loaded single off League in 11th . . . Times Opponent Shutout: 3; Times Shutout by Opponent: 6; Comeback Wins: 3; Largest Comeback: 3; Blown Leads: 17; Largest Comeback: 3.
  • BATTING: Mariners rank12th (AL) in runs (187),13th in hits(384), ninth in doubles(80),first in triples(11) and11th in home runs (41) . . . Rank 13th in batting average (.226), 13th in on-base percentage (.287),13th in slugging (.359) and 13th in OPS (.646) . . . batting 89-for-407 (.219)with runners in scoring position after going 1-for-2 Monday . . . out-homered 57-41 . . . left 305 men on base, opponents302 . . .scored 187runs, opponents 199. . . scored 101 of 185runsin the first four innings . . . Mariners 18-7 when scoring 4+ runs . . . Mariners have homered in 20 of last 33 games. . . batted around three times: April 7 at Oakland (4th inning), April 9 at Texas (1st), and April 17 vs. Cleveland (4th).
  • BATTING EXTRA: Longest Hitting Streak: Dustin Ackley, 13 games, May 3-17 . . . Four-Hit Games: Ichiro, March 28 vs. Oakland; Justin Smoak, April 17 vs. Cleveland; Jesus Montero, May 1 at Tampa . . .  Grand Slams:Michael Saunders, April 27 at Toronto; Alex Liddi, May 23 vs. Texas . . . Back-To-Back Home Runs: Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, 3rd inning, May 20, at Colorado . . . Notable: Kyle Seager's single in the fourth inning April 17 marked the 50,000th hit in Mariners' history; Brendan Ryan's walk in the same frame scored Justin Smoak with the 25,000th run in franchise history . . . Montero's 13 RBIs in April were the most by a Mariners' rookie since 1986.
  • PITCHING: Mariners rank sixth in ERA (3.91),fifth in hits allowed (400), sixth in runs allowed (205), 11th in home runs allowed (57), fifth in walks (142), seventh in strikeouts (359) . . . Felix Hernandez has 17 career no-decisions while throwing 7.0 or more innings and allowing one or fewer runs . . . Nominal closer Brandon League is 0-4 with nine saves and four blown saves.
  • ICHIRO (1-for-4 Monday) has768 multi-hit games, which ranks fourth among active players, and No. 1 since his debut in 2001. Ichiro's 47 games with four or more hits leads all active players . . . Three-hit game April 30 marked the226th of his major league career . . . Ranks97th on career hitslist (2,484) and needs six to tie No. 96 Fred McGriff . . . Has recorded 99 outfield assists. Only Jeff Francouer, with 100, has more . . . With 96 career home runs, needs four to become the 12th Mariner with 100. Breakdown: 94 as a leadoff hitter, one batting second, one batting third.
  • ODDS/ENDS: The Mariners will play two more games before their next day off Thursday . . . Mariners have two more bobblehead nights: June 15 (Felix Hernandez), July 28 (Dan Wilson and Randy Johnson).
  • DEBUTS: Munenori Kawasaki (April 7), Lucas Luetge (April 7), Erasmo Ramirez (April 9), Hisashi Iwakuma (April 20).
  • DISABLED LIST: George Sherrill (15-day, April 13, strained flexor bundle), Franklin Gutierrez (15-day, March 28, torn pectoral muscle; plantar fascitis), Adam Moore (15-day, March 28, fractured wrist).
  • EX-MARINERS VS. CURRENT MARINERS: April 19Jack Hannahan, Indians, 2-run single in ninth off Brandon League in Tribe's 2-1 win; April 28Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays, one earned run over 7.0 innings in 7-0 win; May 11, Raul Ibanez, Yankees, 3-run homer off Felix Hernandez in 6-2 win; May 12Raul Ibanez, Yankees, solo homer off Hector Noesi in 6-2 win; May 15, David Ortiz, Red Sox, solo homer off Blake Beaven in 5-0 Red Sox win; May 16, Shin-Soo Choo (3), Asdrubal Cabrera (2) and Jose Lopez (1) combine for 6 hits in 9-3 Cleveland win; May 17, Casey Kotchman (2), Cabrera (2), Jose Lopez (1), Choo (1) six of Cleveland's 10 hits, plus 5 RBIs, in a 6-5 win.

  • April 24: Catcher Miguel Olivo matched the franchise record  when he was charged with three passed balls in a 7-4 win at Detroit. Jerry Narron let three balls get by him Oct. 4, 1980, and Jeff Clement did likewise Aug. 10, 2008 (Clement was catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey).
  • April 27: Michael Saunders joined Donnie Scott (April 29, 1985) and Jimmy Presley (April 8, 1986) as the only Mariners to hit two home runs in a game in the ninth inning or later (solo homer in the 9th, grand slam in the 10th).
  • April 30: When both Miguel Olivo and Jesus Montero homered, it marked the first time in franchise history that two players had homered in the same game as a catcher.
  • May 2: Ichiro set a club record for most putouts by a right fielder in a nine-inning game, registering 10 in a 5-4 loss at Tampa.
  • May 3: The Mariners featured a lineup at Tampa Bay that included seven left- handed hitters and two switch-hitters. It marked only the third time in club history that the Mariners used an all left-sided lineup. Others: Aug. 13, 1983 at California and Aug. 9, 1983 at Oakland.
  • May 5: Combined one-hitter by Felix Hernandez and Steve Delabar vs. Minnesota was the 13th in Mariners history. Ten have been thrown by one pitcher, three combined. Most recent combined: Michael Pineda, Jeff Gray and Brandon League vs. Tampa, July 30, 2011. Most recent by one pitcher: Jarrod Washburn, July 6, 2009.
  • May 9: When John Jaso batted leadoff against Detroit, it marked the first time since 1978 that a catcher had hit first for the Marines (Bob Stinson). Oddly, lefty Jaso led off against Tiger lefty Drew Smyly.
  • May 8: Kevin Millwood's 2-0 shutout marked his first in nearly nine years. He did not surrender his first hit until there were two outs in the sixth. Millwood's gem marked only the fourth time in 1,440 games at Coors Field that an opposing pitcher held the Rockies to two hits or less while shutting them out. Millwood's complete game also was the first by a Mariner in 2012.
  • May 27: The pinch-hit grand slam allowed by Felix Hernandez to Alberto Callaspo marked just the sixth against the Mariners in 35 years, and the first since May 6, 1988 when Pat Sheridan of Detroit hit one off Mike Jackson.

Rec.HomeRoadDayNightvs. RHPvs. LHPHit HRNo HR



DateDayOpp.Probable Pitchers
5/29Tueat TexJason Vargas (5-4, 3.39) vs. Scott Feldman (0-2, 4.66)
5/30Wedat TexBlake Beavan (2-4, 4.38) vs. Derek Holland (4-3, 4.05)

Gm.#DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
13/28at OakW, 3-11-0W: Wilhelmsen (1-0); L: Carignan (0-1)
23/29at OakL, 4-11-1W: Colon (1-0); L: Kelley (0-1)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
34/6at OakW, 7-32-1W: Vargas (1-0); L: McCarthy (0-1)
44/7at OakW, 8-73-1W: Hernandez (1-0); L: Colon (1-1)
54/9at TexL, 11-53-2W: Darvish (1-0); L: Noesi (0-1)
64/10at TexL, 1-03-3W: Feliz (1-0); L: Beavan (0-1)
74/11at TexW, 4-34-3W: Luetge (1-0); L: Nathan (0-2)
84/12at TexL, 5-34-4W: Holland (1-0); L: Vargas (1-1
94/13vs OakL, 4-04-5W: Colon (2-1); L: Hernandez (1-1)
104/14vs. OakW, 4-05-5W: Noesi (1-1); L: Milone (1-1)
114/15vs. OakW, 5-36-5W: Beavan (1-1); L: Godfrey (0-2)
124/17vs. CleL, 9-86-6W: Perez (0-1); L: Furbush (0-1)
134/18vs. CleW, 4-17-6W: Vargas (2-1); L: Lowe (2-1)
144/19vs. CleL, 2-17-7W: Tomlin (1-1); L: League (0-1)
154/20vs. CWSL, 7-37-8W: Sale (2-1); L: Noesi (1-2)
164/21vs. CWSL, 4-07-9W: Humber (1-0); Beavan (1-2)
174/22vs. CWSL, 7-47-10W: Danks (2-2); L: Millwood (0-1)
184/24at DetW, 7-48-10W: Vargas (3-1); L: Scherzer (1-2)
194/25at DetW, 9-19-10W: Fernandez (2-1); L: Wilk (0-3)
204/26at DetW, 5-410-10W: Furbush (1-1); L: Porcello (1-2)
214/27at TorW, 9-511-10W: Furbush (2-1); L: Perez (2-1)
224/28at TorL, 7-011-11W: Morrow (2-1); L: Millwood (0-2)
234/29at TorL, 7-211-12W: Alvarez (1-2); L: Vargas (3-2)
244/30at TBL, 3-211-13W: Howell (1-0); L: League (0-2)

Gm. #DateOpp.W/LRec.Win / Loss
255/1at TBL, 3-111-14W: Moore (1-1); L: Noesi (1-3)
265/2at TBL, 5-411-15W: Shields (5-0); L: Beavan (1-3)
275/3at TBL, 4-311-16W: Niemann (2-3); L: Millwood (0-3)
285/4vs. MinL, 3-211-17W: Pavano (2-2); L: Wilhelmsen (1-1)
295/5vs. MinW, 7-012-17W: Hernandez (3-1); L: Marquis (2-1)
305/6vs. MinW, 5-213-17W: Noesi (2-3): L: Blackburn (0-4)
315/7vs. DetW, 3-214-17W: Delabar (1-0); L: Dotel (1-1)
325/8vs. DetL, 6-414-18W: Verlander (3-1); L: Millwood (0-4)
335/9vs. DetW, 2-115-18W: Vargas (4-2); L: Putkoen (0-1)
345/11at NYYL, 6-215-19W: Kuroda (3-4); L: Hernandez (3-2)
355/12at NYYL, 6-215-20W: Hughes (3-4); L: Noesi (2-4)
365/13at NYYW, 6-216-20W: Millwood (1-4); L: Pettitte (0-1)
375/14at BosL, 6-116-21L: Lester (2-3); L: Vargas (4-3)
385/15at BosL, 5-016-22W: Beckett (3-4); L: Beavan (1-4)
395/16at CleL, 9-316-23W: Jimenez (4-3): L: Hernandez (3-3)
405/17at CleL, 6-516-24W: Smith (4-1); L: League (0-3)
415/18at ColW, 4-017-24W: Millwood (2-4); L: White (0-3)
425/19at ColW, 10-318-24W: Vargas (5-3); L: Friedrich (1-1)
435/20at ColW, 6-419-24W: Beavan (2-4); L: Guthrie (2-2)
445/21vs. TexW, 6-120-24W: Hernandez (4-3); L: Darvish (6-2)
455/22vs. TexL, 3-120-25W: Harrison (5-3): L: Noesi (2-5)
465/23vs. TexW, 5-321-25W: Millwood (3-4); L: Feldman (0-2)
475/24vs. LAAL, 3-021-26W: Haren (2-5); L: Vargas (5-4)
485/25vs. LAAL, 6-421-27W: Isringhausen (1-0); L: League (0-4)
495/26vs. LAAL, 5-321-28W: Williams (5-2); L: Hernandez (4-4)
505/27vs. LAAL, 4-221-29W: Wilson (5-4); L: Noesi (2-6)
515/28at TexL, 4-221-30W: Harrison (6-3); L: Delabar (1-1)
525/29at Tex---------
535/30at Tex---------

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