Screw Sabathia: Rich Harden is the Balls

August 20, 2008 – 12:01 am by TheRiot

Disclaimer: This post is sure to get rambling, but there is something very important to be said here.

To hell with C.C. Sabathia. That’s right, to hell with him. Every time I turn on ESPN there’s some guy like Tim Kurkjian telling me how the Brewers acquiring Sabathia might be the best trade deadline deal EVER.

You know what, maybe. Just maybe.

But there was Randy Johnson from Seattle to Houston in 1998. All he did after the trade was go 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings.

So far C.C. is 8-0 with a 1.60 ERA and five complete games. Yeah, five is a lot. Last time out, against Houston on Monday, he threw something like 132 pitches.

Gee, that’s smart Ned Yost. Assuming you make the playoffs this is your No. 1 starter, the guy upon which you’ll depend the most, and you’re running him out there to throw 130 something pitches. Brilliant.

I say this as both a Cubs fan and someone who thinks Ned Yost is a terrible manager: I hope C.C.’s arm falls off.

But back to my original point. Has C.C. been phenomenal? Yes. Was he a great pickup? Yes.

It just turns out that Rich Harden has been pretty damn good too.

With the Cubs, Harden is 3-1 with a 1.50 after getting the win against the Reds on Tuesday night. He’s gotten no-decisions in two games — one in which he gave up zero runs and another in which he gave up one. He also took a loss in a game in which he gave up one run.

Also, in his 42 innings pitched Harden has struck out 59 batters. Badass.

No, he hasn’t been going all that deep into games, but he’s been just as effective when he’s in there.

So, enough of the C.C. love. All hail the pitcher for the team with best record in baseball not named the Rays.

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