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September 9, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Jason Vargas tries to salvage series finale for Mariners

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We’re heading to the bottom of the eighth with the Mariners still trailing 3-2. Kyle Seager hit a solo homer in the sixth and final inning worked by Tommy Milone to close the gap but Jason Vargas still won’t qualify for the win today.
Vargas allowed only four hits in seven innings, but was hurt by the long ball yet again on a three-run homer that accounted for all of Oakland’s scoring off him. Milone went six innings and scattered eight hits, but also struck out 10 to limit the damage.
Remember, the M’s have gone 18 games in a row while doing all of their scoring in just an inning or two. They scored today in the fifth and sixth, so will need to cross home plate in a third frame to have a chance.
2:45 p.m.: Five innings into today’s game, the Mariners find themselves trailing by a 3-1 count. All of the scoring came in the fifth inning, with Jonny Gomes hitting a three-run homer to left field off the facing of the upper deck in the top of the frame.
Michael Saunders then tripled in Alex Liddi in the bottom of the inning to get the Mariners on the board.


1:03 p.m.: Today’s game concludes a 9-game homestand for the Mariners in which they are 3-5 to this point. Jason Vargas takes the hill, trying to help the Mariners avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics.
The Los Angeles Angels were in a similar position a week ago and the M’s managed to fend them off for a win. Vargas is playing for dollars as well as for victories at this stage. Vargas could earn anywhere from $8 million to $10 million in arbitration next year depending on how his stats look at season’s end.
We’re talking base stats: wins, ERA, innings pitched.
Arbitrators don’t do FIP.
So, it’s in the best interests of Vargas to pitch well down the stretch and up his potential value. Maybe the M’s offer him a multi-year deal for less per annum. If so, he could still make more money per year if his potential arbitration value is higher.

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