Tonight’s game at San Francisco Chad Dotson 07/07/2005 9 Game thread. Hey Jerry Narron: Free Adam Dunn! Hey Dan O’Brien: Don’t trade Adam Dunn! Share this:TweetPocket 9 Responses Chad 07/07/2005 I really like Aaron Harang. Blue 07/07/2005 Another poorly put together batting order. Aurilia second, Dunn sixth, Randa fifth, Casey third. I hope they trade Aurilia, Randa, and Casey soon so maybe they’ll have no choice but to order the lineup right. Chad 07/07/2005 Nice play by Junior to end the first inning. But I still hold my breath when he dives or slides. Chad 07/07/2005 And then a hard-hit double by Junior. Nice piece of hitting. Peter 07/07/2005 why do we always get screwed by the bottom of the other team’s order? ausmus owned us during the last series…and now matheny kicks our butt. Peter 07/08/2005 bases loaded no outs…and we get nothing. Glenn 07/08/2005 Harang’s poor W-L record has nothing to do with how he’s pitched. It’s been really weird. Whenever he pitches well, the lineup gives him no run support at all. Bill 07/08/2005 He sure appears to have pitched well last night. Greg 07/08/2005 He did seem to have good numbers last night (I didn’t watch the game.) Why was he pulled so early? Only 83 pitches? I would argue, like I did against Paul Wilson last year, that he largely deserves his record. If a pitcher can only remain in the game for 2/3rds of that game, then they are not going to have a W-L record that is necessarily reflective of their performance. Reds front office harped last year that Wilson should have had a better record than he did, so that’s why they re-signed him, BUT he didn’t rack up as many wins BECAUSE they have to go to the bullpen so early and so often. Harang went at least 7 innings in each of his 5 May starts. Not surprisingly, he was awarded a decision in 4 of those 5 starts (3-1 record.) He has only went 7 innings in 2 of his other 12 starts. The type of game where you can say Harang got screwed out of a win is on May 9th vs the Padres. He went 8 innings of 1-run baseball, left the game with a 5-1 lead just to see Wagner and Graves give it away in the 9th (and later lose in extra innings.) It’s been a tale of 2 seasons for Harang. First 10 starts, he was 4-2, 2.97 ERA, 1.11 WHIP. Over his last 7 starts (including last night) he was 0-6, 5.91 ERA, 1.45 WHIP. Performances like last night are encouraging, and I hope it is the beginning of a turnaround for him.