The Seattle Mariners don’t have something to cheer about every single game but they do have talented players and where there are that many good players, as in any MLB clubhouse, great things can happen. Aaron Harang might not be the name normally lined up next to greatness but he could be and for three of his last four starts, he has been. For Harang the question this year isn’t if he will show up so much as which Harang will show up. Tuesday against the Houston Astros the dominant one was on call.
Harang threw quite the gem vs the Astros. He went all nine innings giving up only two hits and zero runs while striking out 10. That is too good to just be waved off because it was the Astros he was facing. Besides the Astros have been playing better over the last month anyway. No matter who the opponent was, a two-hit shutout with 10 Ks is about twice respectable. What is also interesting to ntoe is that this is Harang’s second complete game shutout in four starts.
The start before Tuesday wasn’t great at all but before that he went deep into the game giving up one run and before that was his other complete game shutout. So, he does this often? Well, no. The last time he had two complete game shutouts in a season was 2006 with the Cincinnati Reds. That season he won 16 games and threw six complete games but only two shutouts. Now he throws two in a span of four starts? Whatever got into Harang for this last stretch of games, the Mariners surely hope he bottles it and uses a little bit every time he goes out to the bump.