By one measuring stick, the Padres have failed spectacularly this year. By another, they’ve done exceptionally well.
On Sept. 5 while pitching against the Detroit Tigers, Jason Vargas gave up seven runs in two innings. Vargas was pulled after 54 pitches and the Royals went on to lose the game 13-2. Vargas finished the day with an ERA of 4.23. Since then Vargas has had three starts, won all three and put up an ERA of