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Rich Harden off to a terrible start for the Rangers

Apr 19, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

Rich Harden looked horrible again Sunday versus the Yankees, lasting just 3.2 innings while allowing four runs on five hits and six walks.
He managed five strikeouts, giving him 15 in 13 innings overall this season, but Harden has also handed out 14 walks and more importantly his raw stuff looks underwhelming after years of still being able to overpower hitters despite never-ending arm problems.
Texas signing Harden to an incentive-laden contract with a team option for 2011 struck me as a smart gamble this offseason, but it’s looking more and more like all the injuries may have finally caught up with him. Harden’s fastball velocity has gone from 94.4 miles per hour in 2004/2005 and 93.6 mph in 2006/2007 to 92.1 mph in 2008/2009 and barely above 90 mph so far this year.

  1. Bret - Apr 19, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    That was a bad decision by the Rangers to exchange Harden for Millwood which is essentially what they did. Millwood is pitching great, can be relied on to be relatively healthy and goes after hitters. I think teams think about best case scenarios in some of these deals (Ben Sheets) instead of likely outcomes and there was a very likely scenario of Harden being either hurt or ineffective.
    I don’t see the hype surrounding the Rangers. They have little offense, Vlad is their cleanup hitter, Hamilton is injury prone and their catcher is the worst offensive position in baseball. Yeah, their farm system is great and they play in an easy division but I still think their is much too much optimism surrounding this team.

  2. scatterbrian - Apr 19, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    I kept saying when he was in Oakland that he should be made into a closer. Kerry Wood 2.0

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