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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Harang v. Smoltz

It's kind of odd, but Pete Mackanin said after last night's game it was a big one for the Reds to win because they were facing John Smoltz today. Good point. But Aaron Harang is starting for Reds.

Smoltz: 9-5, 3.07 ERA, 105.2 IP, 108 hits, 22 BBs, 96 Ks
Harang: 10-2, 3.70 ERA, 133/2 IP, 123 hits, 37 BBs, 120 Ks

Smoltz is a probably a Hall of Famer -- 202 wins, 154 saves -- but Harang has been as good or better this year. And their numbers were similar last year.

Mackanin didn't mean what he said as a slight to Harang, but it explains why Harang doesn't get a lot of respect around the league.


at 1:03 PM Anonymous Lucas said...

there's no question in my mind that Harang should have been an All Star. He is severely under rated by the League.

at 1:29 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there really a thouhgt of trading Arroyo? Big Mistake if they do pull that trigger.....Has had some rough starts, but most lines have been great, just no offense! Harang, Arroyo and Bailey could be a nice 1,2,3

at 1:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, actually, I can see why he said what he said, I mean look at Smoltz career record against us all time. No disrespect to Harang, but when Smoltz faces the Reds, they make him look like Houdini on the mound. We can't touch the guy. I don't know if we would win if we hhad Cy Young on the mound.

at 1:47 PM Blogger John Fay said...

I think they'll at least listen on Arroyo. He'd probably bring a lot, given the way he's pitching and the fact that he's locked up as far as contract.

Smoltz is 19-11 vs. the Reds. A .633 win percentage, vs. a .587 win percentage overall

at 3:01 PM Anonymous Justin Fernandez said...

Yeah, we didn't need Phillips's home-run bat in the line-up today, nahhh, we have enough wins, and enough offense in the line-up against old Johnnie Walker Smoltz.

ARGGGGH!!! Sitting these young talented guys when the Reds are about to sweep a series is just so aggravating. How about taking Phillips out of a game when you get a 6-0 lead instead of sitting him all day long just as you're about to sweep a road series!

If we lose this game 1-0, the loss is Mac's fault. Dumb lineup move!

at 3:32 PM Blogger John Fay said...

Phillips asked for the day.

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