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Aaron Harang thinks his struggles are 'bad luck'

Apr 22, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

After dropping to 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA with an ugly start yesterday, Aaron Harang said: “It’s bad luck. This game’s about luck. I’m going through a bad spell right now.”
Of course, as John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer points out, the “spell” of “bad luck” doesn’t just include this season. Dating back to May of last season Harang is 1-13 with a 5.41 ERA over the span of 20 starts, during which time he’s served up 23 homers in 119.2 innings while allowing opponents to hit better than .300 against him.
And going back even further, to the start of 2008, he’s 12-34 with a 4.74 ERA in 368 innings spread over 60 starts. Now, someone with a 4.74 ERA certainly doesn’t deserve a 12-34 record, so Harang is right that he’s been unlucky in that respect, but in terms of his actual performance it’s tough to call 60 starts and 368 innings worth of below-average pitching a “spell.”
However you want to classify Harang’s terrible start to this season or 12-34 record and 4.74 ERA since 2008, manager Dusty Baker was unsure about what to do with his Opening Day starter. Baker did say that moving Harang to the bullpen like the Cubs did yesterday with Carlos Zambrano isn’t an option and finding a taker for him via trade figures to be nearly impossible unless the Reds are willing to eat a bunch of salary.
Harang will make $12.5 million for this season and his contract also has an option for 2011 that becomes $14 million or a $2.5 million buyout if he’s traded.

  1. Jonny5 - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    “Bad luck” is looking like a shaved Geico caveman (Harang). Or investing with Bernie Madoff before he was known to be a shiester. But his numbers show he’s just another #4-5 starter with no offense to help him win games. That’s not “bad luck” That’s baseball, that’s having a #1 starter who’d be #4-5 on most teams. And I’m sure Dusty knows what to do with him indeed. Make him pitch until his arm explodes all over the field.

  2. Benny Blanco - Apr 22, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    The guy was a quality pitcher not too long ago. I think he won 15 games or so in 06 an 07. Maybe a change of scenery is in order.

  3. Billy - Apr 22, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Harang must go. I don’t know how we can keep Chapman waiting while Harang racks up L’s for the reds. Trade him for a couple of single A pitchers because that is about all he is worth to Cincy.

  4. Fast Eddy - Apr 22, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    Billy Bob, go back to West Virginia, please. I know you like the Reds but Harang was about the only thing they had a couple of years ago. If we had a decent coaching staff, this guy would be a top starter again. Trust me, Chapman is not ready for the bigs, and when he finally comes here, good ole Dusty will ruin him. Take it to the bank.

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