What a pickup! Rich Harden is flat filthy.
The guy has pitched 12 1/3 innings over his two Cub starts, struck out 20, given up only six hits (including ONE tonight) and has zero wins to show for it.
What’s up with that? It happens a lot to stud pitchers like Harden. The hitters know the other team won’t be getting much with Harden on the hill, so they let their guard down juuuuust the slightest bit. The game plan should have been to see as many possible pitches from the Big Unit and get rid of him early because of the pitch count, but there was Ramirez & Lee swinging early in the count, as usual.
Post All-Star Game hangover? Get Harden some runs, boys. He’s trying to prove how worthy he is, and the Cubs are seriously letting him down.
Time to trade for Ichiro. Doesn’t matter what it costs. Give the Mariners $50M for him. Who cares? It won’t be Zell’s debt much longer and he can simply increase his asking price a little. Win/win.
Dump Edmonds and trade for Ichiro. Now. Before it’s too late.