The Los Angeles Dodgers have a multitude of starting pitchers. Major League Baseball affords a five man rotation, but the Dodgers have eight starters competing for those five spots. Actually, four are pretty firm, and the other four pitchers are dueling over that coveted fifth spot. Aaron Harang is of the latter, and unless he returns to his 2007 form, he will most likely be done with the Dodgers.
Harang had his lowest ERA in 2012: 3.61. Depending on your perspective, that could be very good. But his record was 10-10, and if wins are wins then there definitely is another perspective. Add to this Harang’s 131 SO and 85 BB that gives him a pitiful 1.54 SO/BB average. This has to improve, or he will be moving on from LA.
In contrast to this, we have to look at Harang’s best year. The year he came in fourth in Cy Young voting, 2007. Harang had a slightly higher ERA, 3.73, but his record was 16-6. He also finished with 218 SO and only 52 BB. That gave him a 4.19 SO/BB average which was his career best. That’s why people hint at control issues, and that correlates to win-loss record.
The Dodgers are his fourth team in his eleven year career. At 34 years old, there could still be some gas left in his tank, but his real numbers have to improve for him to continue in LA. This is also the last year on his contract, and the Dodgers have more than enough starters fighting for the job. Harang may have seen his best days in LA already gone by