Friday, April 15, 2011

Know Your Enemy: Aaron Harang

Here's a guy who we've met before: Aaron Harang, who was cut loose from the Reds because he made more money than the rest of the team put together.

*Harang throws a fastball 60.3% of the time, with it sitting at an average of 89.6mph this season - almost a full mph lower than 2010. He's been throwing his slider 25.1% of the time - far more than the 18.9% he posted last season, and he has a changeup, and has barely thrown a curve this year (2.2%).

*Harang is 2-0 to start the year for the first time since 2007.

*This season, he's allowed 9H/2ER, 8K:4BB in 12IP, and hasn't needed more than 100 pitches to get through six innings in each of his two starts.

*Harang's .586 Win% (17-12) in April is the highest split over the course of a month throughout his career.

*With RISP, he's been tough, allowing a hit and a walk in 12 PAs in 2011 for a .282 OPS.

*In his last five starts against Houston, he's 3-2 with a 4.97 ERA/1.52 ERA. In two 2010 starts against Houston, he was 2-0, with 13IP, 12H/3ER, 10K:3BB.

*Harang has allowed 11 homers in Minute Maid Park, second-most among ballparks (not counting GABP, where he pitched at home). The 25 homers hit by Astros batters is the second-most he's allowed against one team.

*Current Astros have a .914 OPS against Harang, and that includes Wandy, Happ, and Norris.

*Bill Hall is the Big Bopper, hitting .362/.412/.723 in 51 PAs, while Carlos Lee is 16x40 with six XBHs and a .400/.405/.625 line. Quintero is 3x10 with a double and a homer in his career.