Originally Posted by Superdude
IIRC, Harang was one of the best starters in the league when Law called him a back rotation guy. The statement was similar to Colin Cowherd's comments on Votto earlier this season... just an "expert" blabbering to draw attention and drum up controversy. Harang's career after that comment is irrelevant IMO.
"One of the best starters in the league" could be a little much. I think our views of pitching may have been skewed in Harang's heyday due to what we were comparing him to. Kind of like the somewhat attractive girl at the bar with the ugly friends. Maybe he looked a bit better because he was hanging out with Eric Milton and Brandon Claussen.
3 seasons with an ERA under 4.21 in his career while he pitched most of his career against the NL Central, none under 3.73. Is that what we would really call a top pitcher?
I liked the guy, no doubt, but I'm not sure if referring to him in that way is entirely accurate.