Jason Vargas has a 10.62 ERA in 20.1 IP for the Mets this season. Since the franchise began in 1962, there have been 815 pitching seasons where a hurler has amassed at least 20 IP. Vargas has the highest ERA out of those 815 pitchers. Old timers may have lamented Sherman Jones, who put up a 7.71 ERA in 1962. You might have thought that it wasn’t going to get any worse than Tommy Milone last year with his 8.56 ERA. But Vargas has been a special kind of ugly.
The only other hurler with a double digit ERA in Mets history was Jason Jacome in 1995, when in 21 innings he posted a 10.29 ERA. Remarkably, Jacome had trade value, as he was sent to the Royals in a five-player deal during the ’95 season.
Maybe we should get Kansas City on the line and see if they’d like to acquire another lefty Jason with a high ERA.