One of the few unequivocal highlights of this young and largely dismal season has been the stellar start that Jason Vargas has gotten off to in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. While few believe him to be a serious Cy Young candidate, his changeup has been dominant, and he's been carving up hitters thanks to pinpoint control and masterful painting of the corners.
Vargas steps to the mound tonight with 23 Ks to his two walks on 20.1 innings pitched this season. He will try to match Chicago's righty Miguel González, whose five-pitch mix - in descending order of usage, four- and two-seam fastballs, slider, curve, and change - has worked much better since moving to Chicago. With guru Don Cooper in house, that probably shouldn't be much of a surprise.
These hurlers will have the luxury of facing two horrific offenses. Each team features two batters who have produced the majority of their clubs offense. Vargas and González should have an easy go of things tonight.
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We are all Vargasians.