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July 31, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Mariners win sixth in a row as Jason Vargas cruises again

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Josh Kinney strikes out the side in the ninth inning, in the photo you see above, to preserve a 7-2 win by the Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Well, if you’re going to keep a guy at the trade deadline, having him go 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in the month of July isn’t a terrible place to start. Jason Vargas struck out the side in the first inning tonight and really was in control all the way for his fifth consecutive win.
Yeah, he’s going to be a wealthy guy in arbitration at this rate. He’s now 12-7 with a 3.71 ERA for the season and on a pace for about 235 innings.
Do the math. He’s going to double his current $4.8 million salary and then some at this rate, so look for the M’s to try to get some kind of friendlier multi-year deal that protects his future and gives the team some salary relief.
I asked Jack Zduriencik about that pre-game and while he didn’t want to tip his hand about where the team was going on that, he didn’t exactly try to dissuade me either.
“No matter what, you have Jason back for sure, one way or the other,” Zduriencik said.
Yes indeed.


Dustin Ackley led off tonight’s game with a home run and the Mariners never trailed. You had Trayvon Robinson with two hits, including a double.
Same for Miguel Olivo. Brendan Ryan had three hits and is now back over .200 for the season. Yeah, I’m pretty sure the Mariners will hold on to him for next year as well.
That’s nine wins in 11 tries for the Mariners and yes, they are back in positive territory in run differential for the year at +1.

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley

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