New York Mets Go With Claudio Vargas Over Adam Bostick

Lastings MilledgeAnalyst IMay 14, 2008

Claudio Vargas will make his Mets debut tonight. Vargas was 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts for New Orleans. In 11.0 innings, he allowed 13 hits, six runs, one earned run, one walk, and 11 strikeouts.

In Claudio's last start, he hurled 7.0 shutout innings vs. Fresno, surrendering four hits and no walks, with seven strikeouts. He also made one start for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League. In that outing, he worked 5.0 innings, permitted three hits, two runs, one earned, with no walks and six strikeouts.

Vargas, 29, was signed to a minor-league contract by the New York Mets on Apr. 10. Claudio was released by Milwaukee on Mar. 25, earlier this spring. The 6'4", 238-pounder was 3-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five Spring-Training starts before he was released. In 18.2 innings, he allowed 17 hits, eight runs,  and one earned, with six walks and 10 strikeouts. Opponents hit .238 against him.

I was hoping the Mets would give Adam Bostick a chance. The 25-year old lefty is 2-1 with a 3.83 ERA, and has 26 strikeouts in eight starts (nine total games). Last season Adam was 6-7 with a 5.66 ERA, had 91 strikeouts and 45 walks in 21 games (20 starts, 97 innings). Bostick has since had a strong fall and winter. He pitched in the Arizona Fall League going 2-0, with a 2.74 ERA, with 23 strikeouts in six games.

The Mets acquired left-hander Adam Bostick along with lefty Jason Vargas in November of 2006, in exchange for right-handed relievers Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom. Bostick is a pretty average pitcher, but I like him, and would like to see him get a chance this year, if he continues to pitch well.

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