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Game 143: Reds vs Cubs

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Chicago Cubs
@ Cincinnati Reds

Sunday, Sep 7, 2008, 1:15 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park

Sean Marshall vs Aaron Harang

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2008 - Sean Marshall 3-4 4.03 1.25 45 15

2008 - Aaron Harang 4-15 5.24 1.44 132 43

The Reds close out their second-to-last home stand this year while sitting in second-to-last place in the Central division. Aaron Harang has been the least supported Reds starter this season. The offense has scored more than 4 runs only 4 times when Harang was on the mound. By comparison, Bronson Arroyo has gotten that much support in 16 of his starts and Edinson Volquez has gotten more than 4 runs of support in 18 starts.

But Harang is not completely innocent. He's definitely having his worst season as a Red, but what's dissappointing is that there is a clear delineation on his performance. Before his relief appearance in San Diego, Harang was just 2-6, but his ERA was 3.50 and his WHIP was 1.22. In the 10 games following his 4 innings of relief, he went 1-7 with a 9.06 ERA with a 1.90 WHIP. He's improved a bit over his last 3 starts, but he's still given up 5 HRs in just 19 innings.

It'd be nice if the Reds could score some runs off of Marshall and make Harang's appearance a footnote, but it sure would be great to see Harang dominate for a few starts to end the season (if he's going to continue to pitch).