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How fast is Rich Harden really throwing it?

Mar 23, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

There’s a story Rich Harden’s rough spring in today’s Boston Herald. The gist of it: no one is panicking. Everything’s going to be cool.  The passage that caught my eye: “Oh, the Texas Rangers have the radar gun readings — low 90s. Nothing to
be concerned about there.”

Why did that catch my eye? Because this morning Buster Olney said “Rich Harden’s fastball the other day was clocked at 84-88 mph. Not good.” Those things don’t go together. And when you’re dealing with a guy with Harden’s health history, stories like those in the Herald aren’t going to be given the benefit of the doubt.

Rangers fans: what’s up with Harden? Bad luck, or is he really dealing fat ones up there?

  1. Mike - Mar 23, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Pretty much every pitcher that we sign has this problem. Nothing to see here move please along.

  2. Harry Pavlidis - Mar 23, 2010 at 11:35 AM

    They’re both right. He was anywhere from 85 to 91 last time out.

  3. N - Mar 23, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Wasn’t this the same talk in last spring training with Harden?

  4. Seth - Mar 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    If he’s having problems now I have to wonder what he will be like in mid-August when the temps are in the 100s in the Arlington area. That really wears down pitchers here in TX.

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