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May 1, 2014

What You Need to Know

Harang Unravels

by Daniel Rathman


The Wednesday Takeaway
All good things must end someday. For Aaron Harang, a storybook first month, most of which he spent at or near the top of the ERA leaderboard for major-league starters, closed with a thud in Miami on Wednesday night.

Harang took the mound in the bottom of the first with a 0.85 ERA. The big right-hander retired the first three Marlins batters he faced on ground balls. Seven pitches, five strikes, and the Braves were back to hitting. But when Harang returned to the hill for the last of the second, the wheels finally came off.

Casey McGehee singled. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled. Garrett Jones singled home McGehee. And then Marcell Ozuna did what no batter had done to Harang to that point in 2014. He took him deep:

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