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Aaron Harang starts strong

Since Aaron Harang posted an ERA of 3.83 or less in three consecutive seasons beginning in 2005, the righthander has been a disappointment. He's posted ERAs of 4.78, 4.21 and 5.32 last season. Coming off that poor season left him drafted in many leagues.

The good thing for Harang was a move to San Diego and Petco Park, which suppresses home runs at a big rate. Harang is a fly ball pitcher so this is a great fit. Harang was really hurt by home runs and high Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP) the last few seasons. He still had good strikeout and walk rates.

Harang has pitched six innings in each of his first three starts, allowing 12 hits, three runs with five walks and 16 strikeouts. Two of the starts came at home and the other came Friday on the road in Houston against an inept offense. Mariginal pitchers have had success pitching in San Diego. This is a great fit for Harang and there's no doubt he will allow fewer home runs, especially since he will also pitch in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Harang can post an ERA in the high three's or low four's. If he's on the waiver wire, add him.


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